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Rebecca and Thomas: A Civil War Spy Tale
November 7 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This program is in partnership with The Josephine School Community Museum and The Dr. Martin Luther King scholarship committee of the Winchester Area NAACP. This event will be a fundraiser for both organizations.
Rebecca and Thomas: A Civil War Spy Tale is a play in one act, written by Winchester resident Sharon Dixon. This event is a reading of this play.
Following the play Scott Patchan, Historian, will present his talk on General Sheridan and the Last Battle of Winchester in which Thomas Laws played a vital part. The Battle of Berryville and the resulting change of Lee’s plans which immediately preceded the Last Battle will be brought into focus.
A bit of history regarding this tale:
Rebecca Wright started teaching in Winchester at age 15 where she taught at the Friends school, and later at private school.
In need of intelligence about Confederate troop movement in and around occupied Winchester, Union General Philip Sheridan learned of Miss Wright’s Northern loyalties and asked her for information about General Jubal Early’s movements, telling her that Thomas Laws, a slave, would carry her reply to Union troops. Meanwhile, Laws had been contacted by Union scouts and was asked to make contact with Miss Wright. The information provided by Miss Wright and transported by Mr. Laws, was crucial to Sheridan’s decision to attack in Winchester a few days later.
Where are you located?
We are located in downtown Berryville, Virginia between the Rose Hill Park and the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library.
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Where do I park & is it free?
Free parking is available next door at the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library / Barns of Rose Hill parking lot.
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