Legal and Political Aspects of the Civil War; Lecture Tuesday, July 22

The Alexandria Civil War Sesquicentennial lecture series continues this summer with a presentation entitled, Legal and Political Aspects of the Civil War by historian Ron Beavers.

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Tuesday July 22, 2014, 7:30 pm at the Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street.

As a seventh generation Virginian, Ron Beavers has had a life-long interest in history and railroads. He is especially interested in how both sides used logistics and the railroads during the Civil War, but this illustrated presentation will draw on his vast  knowledge and understanding of the increasingly complex  legal and political issues of both the North and South that ultimately erupted into secession and war in 1861.

For many years, Mr. Beavers has lectured on a wide variety of Civil War subjects to Northern Virginia audiences and he has often conducted tours of Civil War sites in and around Alexandria and Fairfax County as well as railroad sites in Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties from 2000 to the present. During fall 2006 and winter 2007, he conducted a course on little known factors that had a major impact on the Civil War for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University (GMU) and the American University. He was requested to return to the Learning Institute at GMU for additional talks on Civil War subjects. Later this year he will be moving to New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, and this may be his last presentation in this area for some time.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia.  Admission is free, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  There will be a short period for questions and light refreshments afterward.

This program will be the first of a series of monthly lecture and film presentations during the 2014-2015 season on the American Civil War, sponsored by the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission, Alexandria American Civil War Sesquicentennial Sub-committee, and the Office of Historic Alexandria.  For more information, please call 703.746.4554 or visit