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April 17, 2009

Yankees in the Streets! 147th Anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Williamsburg

Nearly a century after the American Revolution, Williamsburg experienced the Civil War. On the 147th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Williamsburg, guests discover the conflict through an illustrated lecture covering the period from 1860-1865. Historian and author Carson Hudson presents an interactive examination of the places and events that took place on May 5, 1862, in Yankees in the Streets at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at the DeWitt Decorative Arts Museum.

The lecture concentrates on the affects the Battle of Williamsburg and the Civil War had on the citizens of Williamsburg. Hudson tells engaging anecdotes and stories about selected families and sites in Williamsburg. The program features many photographs and drawings of Williamsburg, comparing the town of today to the 1860s.

After the Confederates retreated from Yorktown, they met the Union forces near Williamsburg. The Battle of Williamsburg began as the Union Army attacked the Confederate’s Fort Magruder, an earthen fortification in Williamsburg. The Confederate forces counterattacked, but were overwhelmed by the arrival of additional Federal troops. Acknowledging defeat, the Confederate Army withdrew toward Richmond during the night.

Program included with museum admission ticket.

Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information call (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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Penna Rogers
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