Maj. Frank J. White’s name is perpetually associated with the Civil War-era Prairie Scouts and Zagonyi's Charge, but his abilities as a cavalry scout and skirmisher were renowned. From Virginia to Missouri to Texas – his name, deeds, and policies never failed to inspire powerful emotion.
Join Civil War historian Kellee Green Blake at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, in the Library Center auditorium for a compelling look at this colorful, controversial New York attorney whose fortunes and future were profoundly affected by his Civil War days in Missouri.
Blake is the retired director of the National Archives-Mid Atlantic Region. She has processed and administered papers from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries including the papers of Abraham Lincoln and the Robert Kennedy Assassination Files. She has been featured at genealogical and historical conferences and is the author of multiple articles on wartime disloyalty, the law practice of Abraham Lincoln and the Federal Census.
Whether in his capacity as provost marshal at Jefferson City or as commander on Virginia's Eastern Shore, Maj. Frank White dispensed justice with the hard hand inspired by his mentors, John C. Fremont and Benjamin Butler. Although his military adventures catapulted him into the national spotlight and brought romance, the scars of war for White would be many and costly.
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