Historian to discuss 'Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle' at Tallmadge Civil War Society meeting

Some of the Civil War's most intense fighting will be the subject of the Tallmadge Civil War Society's October meeting.

Nationally renowned Civil War author Kristopher White will present a lecture, "Hell's Half Acre: Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle," for the group on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Old Town Hall on Tallmadge Circle, and is free and open to the public.

The assault on the Bloody Angle was the most significant combat at Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia in May 1864 -- one of the grisliest encounters between Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Ulysses S. Grant. For more than 20 hours in a driving rain, the soldiers battled hand-to-hand for a segment of earthworks. It was the longest sustained combat operation of the entire war. The lecture will revisit the reasons for the battle, the innovative tactics used to break the Confederate lines, and rehearse the stories of soldiers trapped in a no-man's land.

Copies of White's books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information about the Society or to join, contact President Ralph Jordan at 330-630-2474.