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Book Talk with Victor Vignola – “Contrasts in Command: The Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31-June 1, 1862”

March 7 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm


Virtual Book Talk

The two-day battle was fought near the Confederate capital, with more than 11,000 casualties and the loss of the primary Southern field army commander. This was the first major combat in the Eastern Theater after almost a year since Bull Run/Manassas. The possession of Richmond was at stake during the battle. However, Seven Pines/Fair Oaks has been largely overlooked by historians. Join us virtually on March 7th, 2024 as author Victor Vignola discusses the battle’s far-reaching ramifications.
Victor Vignola is a lifelong student of the Civil War and has written articles for publication in North and South Magazine and in other forums. He delivers historical programs, conducts tours, and regularly visits various Civil War sites. Vic’s career included executive-level labor and inter-agency relations for the Office of Mental Health in New York State. He lives with his family in Orange County, New York, home of the 124th New York “Orange Blossoms” Regiment.
The bloody two-day battle was fought on the doorstep of the Confederate capital. It was the first major combat in the Eastern Theater since Bull Run/Manassas almost a year earlier, left more than 11,000 casualties in its wake, and cost the primary Southern field army its commander. The possession of Richmond hung in its balance. Yet, almost nothing has been written about Seven Pines/Fair Oaks. Victor Vignola’s Contrasts in Command: The Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31–June 1, 1862, which focuses primarily on the Fair Oaks portion of the battle, is a major contribution to the historiography of the war.

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