Maryland and the Civil War Program Schedule

8:45 a.m.
Registration, exhibits and continental breakfast - Great Hall


9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Session – Scott Center for the Performing Arts


One Continuous Fight - Lee’s Retreat from Gettysburg
J. (J.D.) David Petruzzi

For 10 days in July 1863, the Union and Confederate armies retreated from Gettysburg. The retreat saw two dozen more battles and skirmishes, many of which were in Maryland, including the bloody engagements at Hagerstown, Funkstown and Williamsport. Author J. David Petruzzi discusses the retreat, which added more than 5,000 additional casualties to the losses of both armies.

J. (J.D.) David Petruzzi, one of the leading experts on the campaign and battle of Gettysburg, as well as the cavalry service of the Civil War, is the author of the bestsellers “Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg” and “One Continuous Fight: The Retreat From Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4 - 14, 1863.” His book, with cartographer Steven Stanley, “The Complete Gettysburg Guide” won the Army Historical Foundation’s award for Distinguished Writing in the Reference Category for 2009.

Petruzzi is a regular contributor to America’s Civil War magazine, and has had numerous articles published in various periodicals such as Gettysburg Magazine, Civil War Times, Blue & Gray Magazine and Zouave Magazine. He has appeared in Civil War documentaries that have aired on PBS and the History Channel, and is the Historical and Technical Advisor for a Civil War miniseries, “To Appomattox,” which will air on Reelz Channel.


11 a.m. – noon Session One
Concurrent Sessions – Room numbers will be posted.


“I thank God that the Hour has come”: Imboden’s Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign
Steve French

During the Army of Northern Virginia’s 1863 invasion of Pennsylvania, Brigadier General John D. Imboden’s Northwestern Virginia Brigade formed the left flank of General Lee’s forces. The command crossed the Potomac River and raided portions of western Maryland and southern Pennsylvania before reaching Gettysburg. Imboden’s men led the evacuation of the Confederate army from Gettysburg and established a defensive position at Williamsport to fend off Union cavalry. Author Steve French examines the activities of Imboden’s brigade from June 7 to July 28, 1863.

Steve French teaches history at Martinsburg South Middle School and is a member of a number of historical organizations including the Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table and the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society.

He is the author of “Imboden’s Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign,” which received the 2008 Bachelder-Coddington Award and the 2009 Round Table of Gettysburg Book Award. He is also the author of “Rebel Chronicles: Raiders, Scouts, and Train Robbers of the Upper-Potomac,” “The Jones-Imboden Raid on the B&O Railroad at Rowlesburg, Virginia,” and edited “Four Years Along the Tilhance, the Civil War Dairy of Elisha Manor.”

French’s articles and book reviews have appeared in such publications as The Washington Times, Gettysburg Magazine, North & South Magazine, Crossfire: The Magazine of the American Civil War Round Table U.K. and The Southern Cavalry Review.


Pastime: Life & Love on the Home Front During the Civil War, 1861-1865
Helen Drury Macsherry

Pastime, a project of the Union Mills Homestead Foundation commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, shifts the focus from the battlefield to the home front through first-person accounts presented in the diaries and letters of the Shriver family of Union Mills, MD. Helen Macsherry, a Shriver descendent, takes us back in time through the thoughts and feelings expressed by a family torn by a nation in crisis and brings to light new archival material in the interest of education and historic preservation.

Helen Drury Macsherry, a Shriver descendant, is a freelance writer and editor with a 34-year career in communications with numerous awards for publications and website content and design. She served as acting director of the United Nations’ public information office in Washington, DC and director of communications at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, MD. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from Wells College, with a year’s study abroad at the University of Surrey in Guildford, U.K.

Macsherry is a certified field producer at Montgomery Community Television, Inc., a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Maryland Historical Society, and the National Press Club, and is on the Curator Committee at the Union Mills Homestead.


noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch and Exhibits - Great Hall


1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions – Room numbers will be posted.


The Civil War Parole Camps of Annapolis, MD
Rebecca Morris

In 1862, Annapolis became the main depot on the east coast for Union prisoners released on parole by the Confederacy. The camps, and the army regiments stationed in and around the city, changed Annapolis from a sleepy market-town to an over-crowded city filled with thieves, murderers and prostitutes. Rebecca Morris discusses the creation of the parole camps and the stories of the men who came there, a fascinating but little known facet of Anne Arundel County history.

Rebecca Morris is an Annapolis resident with a life-long interest in local history, particularly the Civil War era. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Ann Arundel County Historical Society for the past five years and she is currently serving as treasurer. She is the author of “A Low, Dirty Place - The Parole Camps of Annapolis, MD 1862 -1865” and is a frequent speaker at local civic and historical society meetings. Morris is a 1971 graduate of the University of Maryland. 


Maryland Railroads During the Gettysburg Campaign
Dan Toomey

Most people are familiar with the Gettysburg battlefield and the stirring events that took place there. Something not often considered is the effect the Gettysburg Campaign had on the railroads in the region and how they responded during and after the battle. Dan Toomey, author of the recently released book “The War Came by Train: The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad During the Civil War,” tells how, despite considerable enemy activity, the railroads in the region were able to resupply the Army of the Potomac.

Dan Toomey is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the author of several books including “The Civil War in Maryland, The Johnson-Gilmor Raid” and “The Maryland Line Confederate Soldiers’ Home.” He is the co-author of “Baltimore During the Civil War” and “Marylanders in Blue.”

Toomey serves on the Maryland Military Monuments Commission and was project historian for the Maryland Memorial erected at Gettysburg in 1994. He was the recipient of the Gettysburg National Battlefield Award in 1985, and in 2001 he received the Peterkin Award from the National Park Service at Fort McHenry for his contributions in the fields of research and preservation. He is currently the guest curator at Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum for their five-year project The War Came by Train commemorating the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.


2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
General Session – Scott Center for the Performing Arts


Clara Barton: Red Cross Angel
Mary Ann Jung

Civil War heroine Clara Barton overcame both personal obstacles and society's narrow view of women's roles to pursue her heart's work: battlefield nursing. In this costumed living history presentation, Mary Ann Jung portrays Barton as audience members take the parts of Yankees and Rebels. Learn how Barton founded the Red Cross in America and still inspires individuals to "Never Give Up!" Funding for this session is provided by the Maryland Humanities Council.

Mary Ann Jung has been a lead actress and director of Renaissance History and Shakespearean Language at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for over 25 years. She is a Smithsonian scholar/performer and has appeared on CNN, the Today Show and Good Morning America. Jung's living history performances include Julia Child, Clara Barton, Mistress Margaret Brent, Rosalie of Riversdale, Amelia Earhart and Good Queen Bess. She has a B.A. in British History from the University of Maryland.


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