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Lecture: Catesby - Eyewitness to the Civil War
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Join the Contemporary School for the Arts & Gallery and the Washington County
Historical Society in celebrating local African American Heritage by
welcoming a series of speakers who will talk about various elements of
African American history in Washington County.
On April 15th, we will be hosting author Robert O'Connor. He will be
discussing his book Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War. The book, a
fictionalized account of a real slave, follows the story of Catesby, who
served as a blacksmith to Lewis Washington in Charles Town, Virginia (now
West Virginia). He was sold to a man in Keedysville, Maryland, and the story
follows his quest to become a free man.
Catesby embarked on a dangerous journey as a runaway slave, eventually
becoming a blacksmith for the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the
Union Army. During his service he was captured in Florida and held for a time
in the infamous Andersonville Prison. Join us for an in-depth look at
Catesby's fascinating story by the author, Robert O'Connor.