October 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm
The swiftly moving Chesapeake Bay waters hold centuries of stories and secrets, perhaps none more thrilling than the dramatic raids and raiders of the Civil War. From bases of action in Mathews County, VA, Confederate raiders John Y. Beall and Thaddeus Fitzhugh successfully struck the land and sea of Virginia’s Union occupied Eastern Shore for vessels, men, munitions, and provisions. Beall’s four raids and Fitzhugh’s double strikes also destroyed critical Federal operations and the famed underwater telegraph cable to Fortress Monroe. Learn how this “bold work” modified Federal strategy and encouraged Lee to dare for more.