Seeing the Elephant – The First Battle of Bull Run July 1861

David Skillen

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Professional Speaker
Paid: £60 within 30 miles of Belper Derbyshire, £70 over 30 miles - I do not charge additional expenses
17th July 2018
History | American History | Military History

In July 1861 the armies of the United States and the Confederate States met on the banks of a small stream in Virginia. Both were confident of easy victory and that the war would be over by Christmas. But things did not go to plan. In this talk we explore how and why the battle turned out as it did, learn about some of the people who fought there. You will also learn how Stonewall Jackson got his nickname!

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About David Skillen

David is an engaging and animated professional speaker on a variety of historical subjects. During his 35 years in the Civil Service he ran training programmes on public speaking and spoke to audiences from 5 to 500 people. Since retiring five years ago he has travelled extensively across the UK giving fully illustrated talks to a variety of groups such as, Probus, WI, National Trust and U3A.

Married to Lynn he lives in Belper Derbyshire, where he was also a guide at the famous Belper North Mill for three years. They have travelled extensively across the United States visiting battlefields from the American Civil War as well as the Alamo. He has studied American Civil War in detail for many years. David and Lynn were members of the Towton Battlefield Society when they lived in Yorkshire, hence an interest in the Wars of the Roses. David was also a battlefield guide for the Society for 7 years.

More recently David has expanded his repertoire of talks to include such diverse subjects as; The Bentley Motor Racing Team of the 1920's , his adopted home town of Belper and its key role in the Industrial Revolution and monologues from stump speeches to political tweets, via, of course, A Famous Seaside Place called Blackpool.

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What audiences have said about his talks:

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“You can almost smell the gunpowder”.

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