Civil War Unplugged Featured In Jefferson Lab Spring Science Series Lecture

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Discover how sounds affected the outcome of battles during the Civil War when the Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab presents a public lecture dubbed "The Civil War Unplugged" in late March.

The Civil War Unplugged: The Impact of Battlefield Acoustics
An often-overlooked component of a battlefield - sound - will be discussed by Dr. Chuck Ross, Longwood University, Va., on Tuesday, March 25. He delves into how unusual outdoor acoustics played an important role in the outcome of a number of Civil War battles, including several in Virginia. Ross will explain the reasons why outdoor sounds can behave so strangely and why sound played such a large part in the outcomes of battles of that time. The battles at Seven Pines, Chancellorsville and Five Forks will be examined in particular.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Lab's CEBAF Center auditorium, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. It is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about science. The program will last about one hour and include a question and answer period at the end.

For security purposes, enter at Jefferson Lab's main entrance (Onnes Drive.). Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a valid photo ID. Security guards may perform ID, parcel and vehicle checks.

For directions and information about other Jefferson Lab public lectures, call 269-5102 or visit

A previously scheduled lecture titled "The Physics of Dance" - that had been planned for March 4, has been cancelled.  No lecture event will occur on March 4.


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