The next meeting of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s Civil War Roundtable will feature Steve French speaking on McNeill’s Rangers in the Gettysburg Campaign. During the Gettysburg Campaign, Rebel guerrillas and partisans roamed far and wide attacking military targets and gathering plunder. One of these bands, McNeill’s Rangers, fought at the Second Battle of Winchester, occupied Hancock, Maryland, destroyed Baltimore & Ohio property, raided the farms and stores of southern Pennsylvania fought at the July 6 Battle of Williamsport and later skirmished with Federal cavalry around Clear Spring, Maryland. The talk will give an overview of the role of these so-called “land pirates” in the campaign.
Steve French is the author of the multiple-award winning Imboden’s Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign along with Rebel Chronicles: Raiders, Scouts and Train Robbers of the Upper-Potomac. His most recent book is Phantoms of the South Fork: Captain McNeill and his Rangers.
The meeting is free and open to everyone. Held at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (former Old Court House Civil War Museum) at 20 N. Loudoun St. on the downtown walking mall in Winchester. For more information, or to be added to the roundtable’s mailing list, call 540-740-4545 or email email@example.com.