Join us on August 9, as our Sesquicentennial-timed presentations look next to the early days of the famous “Stonewall” Brigade. Our guest Frank O’Reilly discusses the Liberty Hall Volunteers and the early-war generalship of Thomas J. Jackson:
Meeting time: 7:30 PM, August 9, 2011.
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia.
Topic: Stonewall Jackson and the Liberty Hall Volunteers at Manassas in 1861
The Liberty Hall Volunteers were founded at Washington College (now Washington & Lee
University) in Lexington, Virginia. The company is the only college company in the Army of Northern Virginia that went from Manassas to Appomattox. The volunteers became Company I, 4th Virginia Infantry in the vaunted Stonewall Brigade. They came from all over the country, including soldiers from Arkansas and even Pennsylvania! Unlike most soldiers, these young men knew Thomas J. Jackson long before anyone ever thought of calling him Stonewall! In fact, these were the young men who made Jackson into a legend when they stood with him “like a stone wall” in the crisis on Henry House Hill on July 21, 1861.
About our speaker:
Frank A. O’Reilly graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1987 and joined the National Park Service. Aside from a brief tour at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Frank’s assignments were at Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park. He served as a historical consultant for the City of Fredericksburg. He has authored many articles and appeared in numerous documentaries. In addition he has presented military history topics to audiences around the world. Recently he presented in Oxford, United Kingdom on the bicentennial of Robert E. Lee’s Birth and the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. His published books include Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg (1993) and The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock (2003). The last mentioned work won the 2002 Capital District (Albany, NY) Book Award; the 2003 James I. Robinson, Jr. Book Award; the 2004 Daniel Laney Book Award; and the 2004 Richard Barksdale Harwell Book Award. Currently Frank’s is researching for a future title on the Seven Day’s Campaign and the Battle of Malvern Hill.