Civil War Lecture: The Firsthand Account of Heyward Emmell: Witness to Battles and Treachery
On October 1, 1861, nineteen-year-old Heyward Emmell joined the Civil War where he became an infantryman and later a stretcher bearer in the Ambulance Corps, where he witnessed and recorded virtually all the major events and battles of the Army of the Potomac from the Peninsula Campaign to Gettysburg to the Siege of Petersburg. Emmell’s account often documents aspects that are not reported in other Civil War diaries. He describes events such as attempts by Southern sympathizers to poison Union solders with arsenic laden cake, technologies employed such as observation balloons and trip-wire mines, and the wedding of a young lady to her Captain in the woods of northern Virginia.
This is the first of two lectures this winter commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
There will also be an exhibit in the second level F. M. Kirby Gallery from March 10 - May 11, 2014 titled "Their Memory Shall Never Fade: Morris County and the Civil War.” The exhibit showcases items from the History Center’s collection of papers, photographs and other primary sources tied into the American conflict as well as items borrowed from collectors and enthusiasts. An exhibition reception, including a meet and greet with the exhibition’s curators, will be held on Thursday, March 13. Special previews of the exhibit will be available on the program dates.
Jim Malcolm is a retired Electrical Engineer and Computer Scientist. He had a forty-two year career in project management, software development, and software engineering. Ever since he officially became an antique, he has been studying history, especially modern American history. The Civil War Journal of Private Heyward Emmell is his first foray into publishing.
Refreshments will be served.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.