A few weeks after the Battle of Antietam, Jeb Stuart led a Confederate cavalry force into Pennsylvania. What was their purpose? What did they accomplish? How did George McClellan and Federal forces respond? We will examine the route of the raid, whether it was worth the risk, and its impact on the reputations of Stuart and McClellan. Join us on Wednesday, July 5 as Battlefield Guide, Jim Smith discusses The Chambersburg Raid: Jeb Stuart’s October 1862 Ride Around the Army of the Potomac

A native of Miami, FL, Jim Smith is a lifelong student of the Civil War. He has been a volunteer at Antietam National Battlefield since 2017 and a certified battlefield guide since 2018. Jim is a member of the Antietam Institute, contributed to Brigades of Antietam and writes for The Antietam Journal. He lives with his family in Millersville, MD.

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  These outdoor programs are free and open to the public. To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed UCC Church at 117 Main Street.  For updates and changes to the schedule check our Facebook page.