April 8, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Kellee Blake


A live performance and also distributed on Discord: A presentation by Kellee Green Blake

The Eastern Shore: Virginia Goes to War

Like nearly every border state, the sentiment regarding secession varied. It caused immense confusion, frustration, and often confrontation within and between families, long established residence and their acquaintance’s.  The Eastern Shore’s Delmarva Peninsula was no different. The Union feared the population there would influence their neighbors to the north causing the Eastern Shore of Maryland to join the secession and also influence lower Delaware. Not unlike North Alabama a Union presence could contain the secessionist momentum and from 1861 till the end of the Rebellion the competing sentiment impacted the residents of the community. Let’s learn about that era.

Kellee Green Blake is the retired Director of the National Archives-Mid Atlantic Region and a Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mary Washington College with a graduate degree in American History from Villanova University.  She has worked from coast to coast with the National Archives, processing and administering records from the Founding Fathers to the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination. Kellee has been a regular speaker at national historical and genealogical conferences and is the author of two historical plays and multiple articles on the Federal Census, divided loyalties in wartime, and the law practice of Abraham Lincoln.  She serves on several preservation and humanities boards and is writing a long overdue book about the Civil War occupation of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.