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World War II: “Best Enemy-Fighter in the World,” Tech. Sgt. Frank Peregory

OLLI at UVa in Partnership with Michie Tavern Presents
Central Virginians in Combat
From the American Revolution to World War II
OLLI’s Michie Tavern Winter Session has become a Charlottesville tradition. Now OLLI at UVa continues its Michie Tavern partnership by offering another special Summer Session lecture-and-wine series! Join us as we learn, sip, and socialize in one of Central Virginia’s most beautiful historic settings.
The OLLI Summer Session at Michie Tavern features a series of talks—cumulatively titled “Central Virginians in Combat”—presented by award-winning local historian Rick Britton on five consecutive Thursdays: August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th.
Of hardy and patriotic stock, central Virginians have fought in all of our nation’s conflicts. Virginia infantrymen—led by future central Virginia president, James Monroe—charged into the face of Hessian artillery at the Battle of Trenton, one of the Revolutionary War’s pivotal actions. In the War of 1812, another central Virginia chief executive, James Madison, became one of only two sitting U.S. presidents to personally witness combat when he carelessly rode onto the Bladensburg battlefield. During the Civil War, Albemarle County’s own 19th Virginia Infantry participated in one of the most famous assaults in American history. And the legacy continued: In World War I, Jimmy McConnell (an adopted central Virginian), became one of the first seven flyers in the famed “Lafayette Escadrille,” while during World War II, Frank D. Peregory—a member of Charlottesville’s “Monticello Guard”—was awarded the Congressional Medal for amazing heroism under fire on D-Day plus two.
Join us as we learn about central Virginians in combat!
    • Aug. 2nd – The American Revolution: James Monroe at the Battle of Trenton  
    • Aug. 9th – The War of 1812: James Madison & the Battle of Bladensburg
    • Aug. 16th – The Civil War: “My Poor Men!” The 19th Virginia in Pickett’s Charge
    • Aug. 23rd – World War I: “Flying for France,” the Jimmy McConnell Story   
    • Aug. 30th – World War II: “Best Enemy-Fighter in the World,” Tech. Sgt. Frank Peregory 
The events begin at 4:00 p.m. with a half-hour meet-and-greet featuring wine and cheese. At 4:20 we’ll announce “last call for wine.” Lectures begin at 4:30. A question-and-answer period follows until 5:30. The $15.00 fee for each event includes the lecture, cheese, two glasses of wine, and a book signing. Sign up early to attend one, two, or all five presentations.
NOTE: You must be an OLLI member for the fall 2018 semester to participate in this special Summer Session. The registration deadline is the Friday before each lecture; no refund requests will be accepted after that day.  
A Charlottesville-based author, historian, and cartographer, Rick Britton is the author of the award-winning Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler, and 2015's Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History. He also teaches Virginia history classes, conducts battlefield tours, and illustrates maps for history books.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Cost Location Available
E14 Rick Britton Aug 30 Th 4:00-5:30 p.m. $18.00 Michie Tavern WL

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