Sat, 18 Jun|
The Last Siege: The Mobile Campaign, Alabama 1865
An in-depth look at the Confederate Army’s last stand in Mobile, Alabama, a month after Gen. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House.
Time & Location
18 Jun 2022, 13:00 – 16:00 BST
London, Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ, UK
About the Event
It has long been acknowledged that Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at the Battle of Appomattox ended the civil war in Virginia in April of 1865. However, the last siege of the war was the Mobile campaign, an often-overlooked battle that was nevertheless crucial to securing a complete victory. Indeed, the final surrender of Confederate forces happened in Alabama.
The Last Siege explores the events surrounding the Union Army’s capture of Mobile and offers a new perspective on its strategic importance, including access to vital rail lines and two major river systems. Included are accounts of Union and Confederate camp life in the weeks prior to the invasion, cavalry operations of both sides during the expedition, the Federal feint movement at Cedar Point, the crippling effect of torpedoes on US naval operations in Mobile Bay, the treadway escape from Spanish Fort, and the evacuation of Mobile. Evidence is presented that contradicts the popular notion that Mobile welcomed the Federals as a pro-Union town.
The Confederate soldiers in Alabama fought to the last with sophisticated military tactics in the Confederacy’s last campaign, which led to the final surrender at Citronelle in May.
About the Speaker
As a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast, Paul Brueske became fascinated with studying local Civil War history, in particular the 1865 campaign for Mobile. His first book, The Last Siege, is a result of many years of research on the Mobile Campaign. He founded the Mobile Civil War Round Table and regularly gives talks on Civil War topics. He is currently the Head Track & Field Coach at the University of South Alabama. He is a member of the Friends of Historic Blakeley State Park, Mobile Historical Society, and the Mobile Optimist Club.
Discounted tickets are available to Full Time Students, please contact us for further details.
This ticket is for people attending the meeting in person at the Civil Service club. Space is limited, so while we will admit 'walk-ins' if possible, anyone not purchasing a ticket in advance may be turned away if the venue is full. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included. Also includes access to the CSC bar before and after the event. A 50% refund will be given on the day to Full Time Students on presentation of a Student Card.£8.00
This is a hybrid physical and online event (via Zoom). A small fee is charged for online access to hybrid events to cover costs. Zoom attendees cannot participate in the raffle. The online link will be sent to you on your email receipt. FullTime Students are eligible to attend free by Zoom - please contact us for a discount code£3.00
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