South County Museum Hosts Rhode Island’s Leading Civil War Experts

This month, two of the state’s premier Civil War historians take center stage at South County Museum. Their lectures offer an inside look into one of the most seminal military events in state and national history, July 28th at 7:00 PM and July 30th at 7:00 PM. 

This event is free for members. $10 Non-members. Registration is required.


“Sprague & The Command Crisis” by Robert Grandchamp
July 28 | 7:00 PM

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Robert Grandchamp is the award-winning author of 15 books on American military history. He received his MA in American History from Rhode Island College and is a former National Park Ranger. He is currently a senior analyst with the federal government and resides in Jericho Center, Vermont with his wife and two daughters. His featured discussion on July 28th, “Sprague & The Command Crisis,” will profile the summer of 1862, when Rhode Island’s Civil War governor, William Sprague, faced his toughest challenge to date, recruiting more young Rhode Islanders to go to war and dealing with a mutiny in one of his state’s units. How did he respond to these momentous decisions? How did his actions affect Rhode Island Civil War soldiers? 


“The Varnum Armory Museum’s Efforts to Save Rhode Island Civil War History” by Patrick Donovan
July 30 | 7:00 PM

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Patrick Donovan is Vice President of the Varnum Continentals Inc, an all-volunteer non-profit organization that owns and manages two museum properties: the James Mitchell Varnum estate and the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum. As Armory Vice President, Donovan is responsible for the Varnum Armory facility and is curator of the Varnum Armory Museum, which houses the largest collection of Rhode Island military history on display. On July 30th, he will present fascinating stories about the museum’s collection of Rhode Island Civil War artifacts and its efforts to conserve these priceless objects. He will have with him an assortment of these rare, one-of-a-kind items, including the Varnum Armory’s newest acquisition which earned them front page coverage in a recent edition of The Providence Journal.