|Saving Private Scott
Offered by: VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Sometime on September 17, 1862, Private Benjamin I. Scott of the 18th Virginia Infantry was killed at the battle of Antietam. However, his fate remained unknown as his body was one of almost 300,000 that remained unidentified in the Civil War. In this program, you will explore a mother's agonizing search for her missing son as revealed in the letters of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Union General Joseph Hooker, and a number of other Union and Confederate officers as they tried to determine Private Scott's fate. The story of Private Scott has been published recently in the Pulitzer Prize-winning work, This Republic of Suffering.