Hi Everyone -

Please join us for the next in our regular monthly series of free Department of the Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lectures, entitled "A Regular Slave Hunt: The Army of Northern Virginia and Black Civilians in the Gettysburg Campaign" on Tuesday, February 17th from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building's John Muir Room.

One of the overlooked stories of the Gettysburg Campaign is the abduction of free blacks and fugitive slaves from their homes in south-central Pennsylvania.  African-Americans had first come to this region in the mid-eighteenth century as slaves of local settlers. In 1780 the Pennsylvania Assembly passed a law that allowed for their emancipation by July 4, 1827.  Thus, by the outbreak of the Civil War, free blacks had been living in the area for some time.  During the Gettysburg Campaign, soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia systematically rounded up free blacks and escaped slaves as they marched north into Maryland and Pennsylvania. Men, women and children were all swept up and brought along with the army as it moved north, and carried back into Virginia during the army’s retreat after the battle. While specific numbers cannot be known, the total may have been over a thousand African Americans. Once back in Confederate-held territory, they were returned to their former owners, sold at auction or imprisoned.

Please join Ted Alexander, senior staff historian at Antietam National Battlefield, for a look at this tragic and forgotten about chapter of the Gettysburg Campaign.

All that are interested are invited.  The John Muir Room is located in the basement level of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building, towards the back of and adjacent to the Interior Department cafeteria.  The Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building is located at 1849 C Street, NW in Washington.  Space for the program is limited so please go to the following link to register:


Please also note that we will be offering WebEx webinar access for this program.  If you are interested in remote live access to this program, please note it on the online registration form or send an e-mail to [log in to unmask].

In person attendance at this program is creditable towards the annual requirement for EEO/Diversity training for Interior Department managers and supervisors.  Attendees wishing to receive one hour of EEO/Diversity training credit should enroll in advance of the program on DOI Learn.  To do so, first log into DOI Learn using your username and password and then go to the following URL: https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/coursesummary.CourseCatalog.geo?id=126646.

You may contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at [log in to unmask] for more information about this program and/or directions.   For more information about DOI Library resources and services, please visit the DOI Library's website, located at http://www.doi.gov/library.

We hope you can join us in person or virtually on February 17th!

George Franchois
Director - U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Office of the Secretary - Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS)
1849 C Street, NW, Room 2262, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
Phone: (202) 208-3796
Fax: (202) 208-6773
Library URL: http://www.doi.gov/library
OFAS URL: http://www.doi.gov/ofas