119 South Pitt Street · Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137 · 724-662-3490

William Averell’s Cavalry Raid

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the Mercer County Historical Society presents a program on “William Averell’s Cavalry Raid on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad in December of 1863.”  This program will be presented by Tim Bennett.  There were many cavalry raids during the Civil War.  Some were note worthy because they managed to ride around the enemy’s army and others were remembered for the hardship and extreme daring that the Cavalry commander and his men endured. Just such a raid was one commanded by General William W. Averell.  It began in West Virginia against the Confederate rail head atSalem, Virginia. The Union Cavalry had rapidly become the most efficient and feared arm of the military and was eager to strike fear into the Confederacy after the Union victory at the great Battle of Gettysburg. Come and hear about the hardships, tenacity, and courage of the Union cavalryman as he “Rode on a Raid” into enemy territory.  The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00.  Please join us.

The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history.  The roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May.  Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free.  The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer.  For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490

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