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Writer, historian to discuss Battle of West Point
KING WILLIAM – On January 19, 2014 the King William County Historical Society will meet at the Administrative Building in King William County. Local historian Bill Palmer will present an illustrated lecture on the Civil War battle of Eltham's Landing, also known as the Battle of West Point. Fought on May 7, 1862, this conflict caused the deaths of more than seventy Union and Confederate participants. However, these losses were quickly overshadowed by massive casualties at the battles of Gaines' Mill and Malvern Hill. As a result, the Battle of Eltham's Landing has been largely forgotten, along with the men who died there.