On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, Brian Stuart Kesterson will present ďIncidents of Morganís Raid with an Account of Stovepipe Johnsonís Retreat through West VirginiaĒ in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Kesterson will focus on the ill-fated 1863 raid of General John Hunt Morgan and Colonel Adam Rankin ďStovepipeĒ Johnsonís retreat through West Virginia. Several years ago, he traveled over roads and lanes that Col. Johnson and his 300 retreating Confederate cavalrymen traveled. The remoteness of the retreat route largely factored in the preservation of a substantial part of the route, according to Kesterson. ďSome of these roads were little better than wagon paths and they have changed very little since the time of the Civil War. About 90% of Johnsonís original retreat route still exists, which is amazing to think about since he and his men retreated over eight counties in West Virginia and two counties in Virginia.Ē
A native of Wood County, Brian Kesterson received a bachelorís degree from Marietta College and his teaching certification and masterís degree in education from Ohio Valley College. He currently is a history teacher at Parkersburg High School. He also is a member of the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, which has provided living history, boot camp programs for the school children of West Virginia and Ohio since 1990, and serves as chief musician/bugler for the general staff of the United States Volunteer Infantry.
Kesterson appeared in the in the movie The Patriot (2000) as a special abilities re-enactor for the Revolutionary War time period and has appeared in documentaries on Civil War and other historical topics. He is the author of The Last Survivor: The Memoirs of George William Watson, A Horse Soldier in the 12th Virginia Cavalry (1993); Campaigning with the 17th Virginia Cavalry Night Hawks at Monocacy (2005); Dear Sir . . . Dear Miss . . .: The Letters of Granville B. Mann, Company A, 30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters & Miss Lucinda Maria Virginia (Chandler) Mann (2007); and Incidents of Morganís Raid with an Account of Stovepipe Johnsonís Retreat through West Virginia (2013).
On September 2, the library will close at 5:00 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For additional information, call (304) 558-0230.
West Virginia Archives and History Workshops/Lectures