Jon Stallard, morning show co-host at WRAR in Tappahannock, writer, genealogist and history buff, will present a lecture at Historic Christ Church at 420 Christ Church Road in Weems on June 20 at 7 p.m. He will examine the claim of some that Gettysburg was really the “High Tide” of the Confederacy. Stallard will explore the factors one should consider in determining the South’s point of greatest hope or whether there was one at all.
In a conversation with Robert Teagle, historian and curator at Historic Christ Church, Stallard noted, “The Battle of Gettysburg is widely cited as the High Tide of the Confederacy, but was it? What factors should be considered in determining the point of highest hope for the Southern cause? Or was there one at all?”
Stallard, who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, history and education from Virginia Commonwealth University, began his broadcast career at WRAR in 1985. After working in other radio markets, he returned to WRAR in 2000. He is currently part owner and Vice-President of Real Media, the parent company of WRAR and River Country 100.9.
The free lecture is the second of a series of three examining Virginia’s role before and during the Civil War. It is co-sponsored by the Foundation for Historic Christ Church, the Mary Ball Museum & Library, and the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. Donations are requested to support the sponsors. The program is also funded in part by a grant from the Dominion Foundation and Dominion Virginia Power. For more information contact 438-6855 or www.christchurch.org.