Hi Everyone -

Please join us for the next in our regular monthly series of free Department of the Interior Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lectures, entitled "The Battle of Chancellorsville" on Tuesday, May 21st from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in the Department of the Interior Library.  

Declaring, “May God have mercy on General Lee,” Major General Joseph Hooker launched the spring military offensive that offered the North’s best chance to end the Civil War decisively in the East. Never before had the Union fielded a larger army - it stood well equipped, disciplined, and battle - hardened. The soldiers of the Army of the Potomac exuded the confidence of their high command and of President Lincoln despite memories of the recent disaster at Fredericksburg, Virginia and the aborted Mud March that followed. At the same time, General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia cautiously rejoiced over their victories, mindful that the Confederate government had detached a sizeable portion of the army for duty elsewhere. When the blue and gray legions met in the tangled thickets of the Wilderness region around the crossroads of Chancellorsville, Lee again stood victorious—the success was great, but so were the costs.  

Please join Park Ranger Michael Kelly as he examines the Chancellorsville Campaign to determine why the North surrendered the initiative and how Lee seized it to deliver his greatest victory while suffering his greatest tragedy. The Chancellorsville action set the stage for the Gettysburg Campaign to follow.

All that are interested are invited.  The DOI Library is located in the Main Interior Building, located at 1849 C Street, NW, Room 1151 in Washington.  Space for the program is limited so please go to the following link to register:


You may also contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at [log in to unmask] for more information about this program.  For information about future DOI Library Park Ranger Speaker Series programs, we encourage you to visit our Park Ranger Speaker Series website at http://www.doi.gov/library/programs/speaker.cfm.

We hope to see you on May 21st!

George Franchois
U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Office of Facilities and Administrative Services
1849 C Street, NW, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240

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