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Spotsylvania museum to host John Hennessy’s ‘Rappahannock Exodus’ talk on June 18

The first public event of the newly constituted 23rd Infantry Regiment, U. S. Colored Troops, in partnership with the John J. Wright Museum will be held June 18 at the museum in Spotsylvania Courthouse.

John Hennessy, chief historian of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, will speak on the topic “Rappahannock Exodus: The 1862 Flight to Freedom and Beyond.”

The 23rd USCTs fought in a major engagement in Spotsylvania, and included former slaves from the local area.

The museum is at 7565 Courthouse Road.

When you visit, be sure to see the museum’s exhibit, “Emancipating Their Homeland:  Spotsylvania-born U.S. Colored Troops.”