Saturday, March 24, 2007 marks the 10th annual Maryland and the Civil War: A Regional Perspective conference. The conference will be held at the main campus of the Carroll Community College at 1601 Washington Road in the historical town of Westminster, Maryland.
Eric Wittenberg and I are honored to be the keynote speakers at this event, talking about our book Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg. On June 29, 1863, Stuart and three of his cavalry brigades entered Westminster on their excursion northward to link up with elements of the Army of Northern Virginia. A couple of obstinate companies of the 1st Delaware Cavalry, led by the equally obstinate Capt. Charles Corbit, met the van of Stuart’s column and charged the southerners in a brave but foolhardy action. The resulting skirmish in the streets of the town, however, stalled Stuart’s progress enough that the southern cavaliers spent the rest of the day and night between Westminster and Union Mills. Stuart therefore ran into Judson Kilpatrick’s Federal Cavalry the next day at Hanover, Pennsylvania, and was again delayed for the entire day.
Eric and I will begin our address on Westminster’s role in Stuart’s march at 9:30 am, with questions to follow. If anyone can be in the area on March 24 and can attend the conference, we’d enjoy seeing you. Information can be found through the Historical Society of Carroll County.