The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) will present a lecture at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 30 at the County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop, in Chesterfield. Ryan O’Hallahan, Chesterfield County Museum staff member and graduate history student at Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss the experiences of women during the Civil War. Topics will include: women in camp during the war, women spies, nursing and how the war changed women’s roles in the workplace during and after the war. Pictured above, Sarah Dandridge Cooke Duval was typical of untold numbers of Southerners who embarked on frenzied attempts to escape the Union Army. In February, 1864, Duval and her family feared their farm home in New Kent County was vulnerable to Federal invasion. They packed up what valuables they could and set out for what promised to be a safe haven, Chester, Virginia.
Please call (804) 768-7311 to reserve a seat. Tours of the Historic 1892 Jail will be available after the lecture.