In June 1863, Alexander H. Stephens urged Jefferson Davis to open negotiations with the Union government regarding the exchange of military prisoners. Davis had reasons to be receptive to Stephens’s proposal for talks regarding prisoners. The Confederate president believed that Stephens’s hand would be strengthened in negotiations by aggressive Confederate military operations which were then underway. Historian James M. McPherson noted that Confederate General Robert E. Lee thought “that a crushing military victory would enable Davis to extract a peace agreement from the United States government that would recognize Confederate independence.”
“A Special Prisoner of War” lecture is part of Barrington Hall's popular Wednesday Evening Lecture series. The lecture is from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The doors to the barn open at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary light refreshments will be available. $5.00 is the suggested admission. Reservations are not necessary but are appreciated. Call 770-640-3855 to make your reservations. Barrington Hall is located at 535 Barrington Dr. in Roswell, GA 30075.