Please join the DAR Library for a free lecture with Christian M. McBurney, author of Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders.
The tactic of kidnapping enemy leaders, used in recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dates to the American Revolution. George Washington, who called such efforts “honorable,” supported attempts to kidnap the British commander-in-chief (twice), Benedict Arnold (after he turned traitor), and Prince William Henry (a future king of Great Britain). Washington in turn was targeted at his Morristown winter headquarters by British dragoons who crossed the frozen Hudson River. This book covers more than thirty major attempted and successful abductions of military and civilian leaders from 1775 to 1783, from Maine to Georgia, and including two in Great Britain.
Christian McBurney focuses his writing on neglected topics and long lost stories with the aim to broaden and deepen our understanding of the American Revolution. DAR Library is pleased to welcome him to the Author Lecture Series.
Getting to the DAR:
The nearest Metro is either Farraugut North (Red Line) or Farragut West (Orange Line). With exiting Farragut North you would take the 17th St., NW exit, and then contniue a few blocks down towards D St., NW, where the entrance to the DAR is located.
Using the Farragut West Metro, on Saturdays only the 18th St. exit is open. From 18th St. you would just continue down to D St., NW as well.
2-hour metered parking is available on the street outside the DAR headquarters on both D St. and C St., NW.