Bridgewater College welcomes Civil War scholar

During this raid, Union cavalrymen tried to free prisoners of war and attack the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia.
During this raid, Union cavalrymen tried to free prisoners of war and attack the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia. | File photo
Bridgewater College is honored to be welcoming a guest scholar and researcher who will divulge some intriguing information about the Civil War.

Arthur Candenquist has been studying aspects of the Civil War for over 50 years, and has devoted his studies specifically to unusual and unknown factors of the war.

The title of the presentation which he will be sharing at Cole Hall on March 3 is "Jeff Davis Must Be Killed: the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond in 1864."

This little-known event is related to a raid which took place between Feb. 28 and March 3, 1864. During this raid, Union cavalrymen tried to free prisoners of war and attack the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia. In the course of the raid, things turned violent and Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick lost his life.

Candenquist will discuss in detail the raid and the documents that were discovered on Kilpatrick after his death, which outlined a plan to assassinate Confederate President Jefferson Davis and destroy the city.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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