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Lecture: The Battle of First Manassas   

Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture

  • October 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

Gregory Family Theater

Speaker: Colonel Marcum L. Thompson, USAF Retired

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

On July 21st, 1861, Union and Confederate armies met 35 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. in what would be the first major battle of the American Civil War. The Battle of First Manassas (or Bull Run) would prove to be an unpleasant surprise to both Northerners and Southerners, revealing how much warfare had evolved since the conclusion of the Mexican-American War thirteen years earlier. The lecture will include a contextual introduction to the battle and a chronological narrative of events, along with intriguing stories about William Tecumseh Sherman, Ambrose Burnside, George Armstrong Custer, Pierre Gustav Toutant Beauregard, Stonewall Jackson and JEB Stuart, highlighting their experiences during this epic battle.

Colonel Marc Thompson served 28 years in the United States Air Force as an air intelligence officer with assignments to the Joint Staff, Air Staff, United States European Command and United States Strategic Command. He commanded the 692nd Information Operations Group, at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and served as director of intelligence for Combined Joint Task Force OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Colonel Thompson concluded his military career as assistant deputy chief, Central Security Service with the National Security Agency at Fort George G. Meade, Md. He has been a member of numerous Civil War Round Table organizations and served as president of both the Sentry Civil War Round Table in Omaha, Neb. and the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table in Fredericksburg, Va. Additionally, he worked for over 15 years as a volunteer National Park Service tour guide and historian at Chancellorsville Battlefield and has led numerous Civil War battlefield tours and staff rides across Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org