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‘Raids on Gloucester County’ to be featured at Arts on Main Street

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The 150th Anniversary Civil War HistoryMobile (above) will be open to the public on Saturday, April 13, at the ‘Raids on Gloucester County’ event at Gloucester Court House.

On Friday, April 5, the commemoration of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of “Raids on Gloucester County” will begin with the unveiling of the Virginia Historical Society’s Civil War Panel Exhibit at Gloucester Arts on Main Street with exhibit coordinator Andrew Talkov as the guest speaker. The 6 p.m. event will be at 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester Court House, and is free and open to the public.

Although there were no major battles in Gloucester during the Civil War, the rich agriculture, abundant farms and plantations along with flourishing Main Street businesses proved to be tempting targets for Union raids. April 1863 saw many attacks at various locations that were documented by Union troop letters and reports as well as Gloucester civilian letters to families. This Friday’s commemoration is about the war’s impact on the ‘human element’ during the war, both as soldiers and civilians.

On Friday, April 12, the 150th Anniversary Civil War HistoryMobile will host tours to Gloucester school students throughout the day.

On Saturday, April 13, a “Raids on Gloucester” event will be at the Colonial Courthouse Circle, 6509 Main Street. The public is invited.

This event is free and will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.visitgloucesterva.org or call 693-2355.

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posted 04.03.2013

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