Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, May 16
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center Lake Anne
Instructor: Jim Lewis
Charles Russell Lowell was born into a life of privilege in the Boston area; however he took a different path. He rejected his youthful self-centered beliefs in favor of a philosophy that found meaning in action. In war, unlike in civilian life, he felt he could determine what needed to be done and could do it. In the American Civil War Lowell found purpose. This presentation follows his trials and tribulations during the war years as he emerged as one of the Union cavalry’s exceptional battlefield commanders. Interwoven throughout the presentation is a beautiful love story as Charles met and eventually married Josephine Shaw, one of the most prominent citizens in New York City. Of note, a portion of their story pertains to his (and her) life in Vienna, Virginia while he commanded the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry during a portion of 1863-64 while he was stationed on Ayr Hill.
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