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Date(s) - 07/14/2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


You can attend this event either on Zoom OR in-person at the Marymount University Main Campus.  Please use this link ( https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7O8m4nqiipcQSBPXBghNe8UdrAylZvHBxxSrphlk15YDZdA/viewform?usp=sf_link ) to register to participate in this event via Zoom. Any changes to this event will first be provided here on this webpage. So, look here first for any changes.

A little known aspect of the Civil War was that the paperwork could kill. Michael Schaffner will shine light on what it took to actually get munitions, people, money, equipment, even animals where they needed to be for both sides–particularly in support of the Washington D.C. ring of defensive forts in Virginia. Our speaker will discuss how the Civil War was managed, who kept the books, how, and what was accounted for. Who was responsible for what and at what level? How did the men respond? He’ll also talk about what happened if you didn’t do your paperwork.

Michael Schaffner is a long-time resident of Arlington, a retired federal employee, an avid amateur historian, and a reenactor in Company B, 54th Massachusetts (the “Glory” regiment). He was keynote speaker at the rededication of Fort Ethan Allen in 2014, has given presentations to several Civil War Round Tables, the Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Arlington Sesquicentennial Committee, and has conducted battlefield tours for military personnel from the Embassy of Canada. He is currently spending a lot of time in the regimental books of the Second United States Colored Infantry, organized in Arlington over the summer and fall of 1863, and hopes someday to complete a history of the regiment.

Virtual AND In-Person Attendance Details

This program is free and open to the public. This will be held BOTH on Zoom AND in the Reinsch Library Auditorium on the Main Campus of Marymount University. 

  • If you plan to attend via zoom, please register by the end of the day on Wednesday July 13 using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7O8m4nqiipcQSBPXBghNe8UdrAylZvHBxxSrphlk15YDZdA/viewform?usp=sf_link  On Thursday morning July 14, you will receive the Zoom link to use for virtual attendance.
  • If you attend the event in person, Marymount University no longer requires campus visitors to wear masks or social distance.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees planning to attend the event in-person should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. From Glebe Road going north, take a right onto 26th Street. Pass the intersection with Yorktown Road and then enter the campus through the next gate on your left. The library is to your left as you enter the campus. Free garage parking is just past the library at the bottom of the small incline. (Handicapped parking is immediately to your right as you enter the campus.)

This event is one of the monthly series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org AHS plans to record the event and post it on the AHS website on its Video Webpage

Any changes to this event will first be provided here on this webpage. So, look here first for any changes.