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April 23, 2010

Author Carson Hudson discusses life in Civil War-era Williamsburg

Historian and author Carson Hudson discusses the connection between Williamsburg and the Civil War during two lectures – Yankees in the Streets: Williamsburg During the Civil War and Civil War Williamsburg: The Famous Unknowns. Both programs will be on Saturday, May 8 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St. Hudson’s illustrated lectures are informative and appeal to the history buff and the avid Civil War historian alike.

During the first program at 3 p.m., Yankees in the Streets: Williamsburg During the Civil War, Hudson discusses the climate of Williamsburg at war, particularly the events surrounding the Battle of Williamsburg which took place on May 5, 1862.

Williamsburg has always boasted a host of great historical faces and the 19th-century proves no exception. Many famous American figures passed through the streets of Williamsburg before they became famous and in his second lecture at 5 p.m., Civil War Williamsburg: The Famous Unknowns, Hudson tells their stories.

Presented only a few days after the anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg in May 1862, the programs are approximately 60 minutes. Each lecture concludes with a book signing.

Admission included with all Historic Area or Museum admission passes.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at 326 W. Francis St. in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (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.

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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