On August 17, 1866 Battle Pieces (and Aspects of the War) was published, including the epic poem "The Scout Toward Aldie," detailing a mission by the 2nd Massachusetts and the 13th and 16th New York Cavalries to find John Singleton Mosby, the Gray Ghost.
Our program will include a talk by Dr. Jonathan Cook of Middleburg Academy on Melville and his poem, including its location and significance. Additionally, we will use the 165-year old Mt. Zion Church as our venue for a group reading of the poem. The scout actually went by Mt. Zion Church in April 1864.
Co-sponsored by MHAA and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.