Monday, July 12, 2010

Strong Civil War women portrayed

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a lecture entitled Women of the Iron Will: Captain Sally and Pauline Mosby at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 18, in the John Barton Payne Building.

The free event is part of a series of lectures on American history sponsored by the library and Fauquier Heritage Institute.

Living historians Margaret Rowe and Paula Johnson will portray notable Civil War women Captain Sally Tompkins and Pauline Mosby respectively.

Sally Louisa Tompkins established a private hospital in Richmond during the Civil War after the Confederate government appealed to the local population for assistance. She received a commission as Captain in the Confederate Cavalry in 1861 for her charitable efforts on behalf of the wounded, thus becoming the only woman officer to serve in the Confederate army.

Margaret Rowe, a pharmacist and member of the Mosby Players, will portray Captain Sally and will talk about the art of medicine in the 1860s.

Paula Johnson, also a member of the Mosby Players, will portray Pauline Mosby, wife of Confederate hero John. S. Mosby, also known as the Gray Ghost. She will talk about meeting Mosby, their times together, their family, and her influence on the Confederate battalion commander noted for his lightning quick raids, ranger-like tactics and ability to successfully elude Union Army pursuers.

Call (540) 341-7019 or (540) 347-0607 for more information.

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