May meeting – Jimmy Price
May LCCWRT Meeting Notice. We welcome all guests with the hopes that they will join, so please consider bringing someone to the meeting this month.
Join us on May 13 as we explore the Battle of New Market Heights, fought on the outskirts of Richmond, and why black Union soldiers made history.
Meeting time: Tuesday, May 13, 2014; 7:30 p.m.
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: “U.S. Colored Troops and the Battle of New Market Heights”
In the predawn darkness of September 29, 1864, black Union soldiers attacked a heavily fortified position on the outskirts of Richmond known as New Market Heights. In a few short hours of desperate fighting, these soldiers struck a blow against experienced troops of Robert E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia and proved to their detractors that they could fight for freedom and citizenship for themselves and their enslaved brethren. Fourteen of the black soldiers who stormed New Market Heights that day would be awarded the nation’s highest honor: the Congressional Medal of Honor. Jimmy Price, our guest speaker this evening and author of The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will be Theirs by the Sword, which the Journal of Southern History claims “offers considerable insight regarding the black military experience,” will present a talk on this often overlooked 1864 battle and its important legacy in military history. (See Civil War Trust’s page for more information on the battle of New Market Heights.)
Jimmy Price is the Historic Site Manager for Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park and Ben Lomond Historic Site in Prince William County. He is also an adjunct professor of Civil War history at Germanna Community College. He received his M.A. in military history from Norwich University in 2009 and has worked for such historic sites as Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Richmond National Battlefield, and the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. He writes about different aspects of Civil War history on his award-winning weblog, “Freedom by the Sword: A Historian’s Journey through the American Civil War Era.” His first book, The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will Be Theirs by the Sword, was nominated in the nonfiction category for the 15th annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. He is currently working on a second book, The First Battle of Deep Bottom: Grant vs. Lee North of the James, 1864, which will be published by The History Press in 2014.