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The Story of Fort Pocahontas and the Action at Wilson’s Wharf

November 9, 2023 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm


The Civil War had many battles, some of which were not as well-known. One such battle is the Action at Wilson’s Wharf that took place on May 24, 1864, at Fort Pocahontas in Charles City County, Virginia. The event at Wilson’s Wharf is a significant piece of the broader events that happened in 1864. Join us in Appomattox on November 9th for a lecture event with Shelly Liebler and discover the strategies used in the battle, the fort’s rediscovery in the 1990s, and the Tyler family’s efforts to preserve the site.

A native of Wisconsin, Shelly Liebler is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, pursuing a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University. She had a career in marketing, sales, and administration since 2021 and she has worked at Sherwood Forest Plantation Foundation and FortPocahontas LTD as executive assistant and docent, telling the tales of President John Tyler and the Action at Wilson’s Wharf. Shelly is also a freelance photographer and loves conveying the stories of the Civil War through her images. Her photography has appeared in many places including the Civil War News and websites for Fort Pocahontas, Richmond National Park Service, bicycling.com, Virginia State Parks and the Center for Civil War Photography. She is the mother of two teenage sons.

159 Horseshoe Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522 United States