Charles County Battles the British

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400 Marylanders Help Win Revolutionary War

LA PLATA - 8/26/2008

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Local author, Linda Reno, will  lecture on Maryland’s involvement in the Battle of Long Island at the College of Southern Center for Business and Industry Building, Room BI-113 on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m.

Reno¹s lecture, ³The Maryland 400 in the Battle of Long Island, 1776,² will focus on the citizens from Charles County who participated in this battle. ³For far too long, the important role that the people of Charles County played in the settlement, development and expansion of the United States as we know it today has been overlooked.

The story of the Maryland 400 is just one of these instances,² said Reno. In 1776 the 400 soldiers from Maryland held off 20,000 British and Hessian soldiers in one of the fiercest battles of the Revolutionary
War. ³History should be more than simply memorizing a series of events, dates and places and I hope that this lecture will leave attendees wanting to know more about Charles County and Maryland history,² she said.

The lecture series, which focuses on various aspects of Charles County history, began with Scott Hill¹s lecture on the patriots of Charles County and their contribution to the Revolutionary War. Vincent Leggett
and his lecture on the Underground Railroad and its various locations in Charles County was the second installment of the series followed by CSM Professor Christine Arnold-Lourie and her lecture on life in Charles
County during the 19th century.

The lectures will continue with Father Ed O¹Connell of St. Ignatius Chapel Point on Oct. 3 and Dr. Julia King of St. Mary¹s College of Maryland on Nov. 7. The lectures begin at 7 p.m. and will be held on the
La Plata Campus in the Center for Business and Industry Building, Room BI-113.

The College of Southern Maryland and the Charles County 350th Celebration Committee, in cooperation with the Charles County Heritage Commission sponsor the lecture series.

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