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Q&A with Amy Murrell Taylor, Ph.D.

We caught up with Amy Murrell Taylor, Ph.D. to ask her some questions about her work and research. Amy Murrell Taylor is a Professor of History at the University of Kentucky and a recent Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner for her book, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps. You can see Amy Murrell Taylor at our upcoming Foundry Series on Nov. 21, Living in "Temporary" Shelters.

Book Talk Q&A with John Reeves

Make plans to join us for a book talk this Saturday with John Reeves. In his book, The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee, Reeves tells the story of the forgotten legal and moral case that was made against the Confederate general after the Civil War. The actual indictment went missing for 72 years. Over the past 150 years, the indictment against Lee after the War has both literally and figuratively disappeared from our national consciousness. The talk is included with Museum admission. Mr.

Then the Yankees Came…: Federal Commanders in Occupied Richmond, 1865-70

By Guest Blogger Brig. Gen. John Mountcastle 


On April 3, 1865, Federal troops prepared to march into Richmond. A cavalry detachment under Majors Stevens and Graves moved up the Osborne Turnpike, east of Richmond. Here they met Richmond Mayor Joseph Mayo and a small party moving toward them in a carriage flying a white flag.  The Mayor passed a note to Stevens advising him that Confederate forces had withdrawn from Richmond and asking that Federal troops occupy the city, some parts of which were on fire.


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