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Book Talk with Robert Watson: Escape! The Story of the Confederacy’s Infamous Libby Prison and the Civil War’s Largest Jail Break

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Located in the heart of the Confederacy’s capital, the infamous Libby prison took on symbolic significance far beyond that of just a prison. It was used for southern propaganda purposes and was also the site of a bold and daring prison break by a group of high-ranking Union officers. Delve into the event that captivated the nation, outraged the South, and sparked one of the largest manhunts in American history.

Held October 21, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


The American Civil War Museum


Richmond, VA


College of Arts and Sciences

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NOTE: The reason for the discrepency between the date and the date listed in the citation is due to fact that the event was held Oct. 21, 2021, but not posted to YouTube until Oct. 27, 2021.