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GTM Civil War center, history department to co-host July 21 Beeline March event

ISSUED: 11 July 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, Department of History, and Shepherdstown Community Club are sponsoring “Beeline: A Celebration” on Sunday, July 21, from 5-7 p.m. at the Town Run Tap House and Community Pub, 202 E. Washington St. The event will include academic presentations and living history demonstrations meant to engage audiences of all ages focusing on the Beeline March of 1775. A $10 donation to benefit Morgan’s Grove Park is suggested.

In June 1775, Col. William Morgan hosted a barbecue outside of Mecklenburg, Virginia, which is now Shepherdstown, at what is known today as Morgan’s Grove Park. The event marked the beginning of a more than 500-mile march to join George Washington’s Continental Army in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Benjamin Bankhurst, assistant professor of history, will present “Impressions on Loyalism in the Greater Shenandoah Valley, 1775-1783,” and Travis Shaw, public programs coordinator for the Mosby Heritage Area, will present “‘I am persuaded they will do great execution’: the Virginia and Maryland Rifle Companies of 1775-1776.” Reenactors will be present throughout the evening to discuss the material culture and daily life for soldiers in the British and Continental armies during the Revolutionary era.

For more information, contact Patrick Todd, program assistant at the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, at ptodd@shepherd.edu.

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