Join Henricus Historical Park on Saturday, Jan. 19 for an event recognizing Medal of Honor recipient 2nd Lt. Walter Thorn, 116th United States Colored Troops, for his heroic efforts in the Battle of Trent’s Reach in January of 1865. Thorn ran atop the bulkhead of the canal at Dutch Gap just before it exploded to rescue a sentry who was not pulled off duty. This event will focus on the lives of military and civilian people during the Civil War with lectures, tours and an exhibition highlighting Civil War artifacts found at Henricus.
Featured activities include living history demonstrations of the daily lives of soldiers and women who supported the sick and wounded. An exhibition highlighting Civil War artifacts found at Henricus will take place in the Education Center throughout the day. In the same location, one-hour lectures will take place during the event:
11a.m. – John M. Coski, Historian and Library Director at the Museum of the Confederacy: “The Confederate James River Squadron.”
12:30 p.m. – Anna Gibson Halloway, Ph.D., Vice President, Museum Collections and Programs at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News: “Naval Technology in the Civil War.”
1:30 p.m. – Taft Kiser, Archeologist with Cultural Resources, Inc.: “The Battle of Trent’s Reach.”
2:30 p.m. – Dr. Francis DuCoin, Expert on Civil War Ironclads: “Ironclads on the Ja