The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia 
 and  
The City College of New York (CCNY)
Alumni Association Washington DC Chapter  
 jointly and proudly sponsor

STANLEY R. SCHNEIDER




who will speak on
"GEN. ALEXANDER S. WEBB"

 Tuesday, June 13, 2017
at Ft. McNair Officers' Club, Washington, DC
(see directions here) or (download them in pdf here)
6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar)
7 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture)
Chicken Florentine, Salad, and Cherry Cobbler
8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only)
(please arrive at 7:30pm for the lecture)


RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5PM ET, TUESDAY, JUNE 6, TO MEET CLUB DEADLINES 
Space may be limited, so make your reservations early.
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ABOUT THE TOPIC:
Stan Schneider tells the remarkable story of Union General Alexander S. Webb. Scion of an illustrious family, Webb was a hero (arguably the hero) of the battle of Gettysburg, chronicler of the Civil War in its aftermath and an honored participant in post war veterans’ societies. Webb lived a gilded life in late 19th century New York and became President of the City College of New York, a post he held for 33 years. 

Webb’s grandfather, Samuel Blatchley, was aide-de-camp to George Washington, crossed the Delaware with him, was wounded at the battle of White Plains and Trenton, and eventually appointed as Brigadier General commending Washington’s light infantry.  Webb’s father, James Watson Webb was a soldier, newspaper publisher, diplomat and confidant and ally of William H. Seward.  He also served as ambassador to Brazil during the Civil War.

Alexander Webb, the youngest of six children, graduated from West Point in 1855. Except for a nine month stint fighting the Seminoles in Florida, he spent the six years before the Civil War as a math instructor at West Point.  At the war’s outbreak, he was appointed assistant to the artillery commander of the Army of the Potomac and served in a series of staff positions during the first two years of the war.  He was credited with sighting the Union guns at the Battle of Malvern Hill and can be seen bare headed in the famous photo of Lincoln visiting McClellan in the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam.  Webb thought his slow promotion was punishment for his association with Generals McClellan and Fitz John Porter, both of whom were relieved of command and booted out of the Army in late 1862. 
At Chancellorsville in May 1863, Webb performed courageous service as Chief of Staff to General Meade’s Fifth Corps, guiding a brigade to a critical position to defend against a Confederate assault. As a reward, he was promoted to Brigadier General, the orders coming through just three days before the Battle of Gettysburg.   He was appointed to command the Philadelphia Brigade, a mostly Irish outfit recruited from the dockyards, and an incongruous position for the patrician New Yorker.  Together Webb and the Philadelphia Brigade achieved immortality at Gettysburg.  Posted at the “angle," in the wall on Cemetery Ridge and adjacent to the “copse of trees” which was the target of Pickett’s Charge on the last day of the battle, they stood firm and repelled the Confederate assault on their front, killing Confederate General Armistead after his unit momentarily achieved a break-through.  Webb would eventually receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions that day and his exploits and that of the Brigade are marked by numerous statues and markers on the battlefield. 

Webb would go on to successfully lead a division at the battle of Bristoe Station and to serve with distinction at the Wilderness. At Spotsylvania Court House, he was shot off his horse and was critically wounded.  The New York Times reported him dead. But he survived, being promoted Major General during his seven month recuperation. 

Webb returned to the Army of the Potomac in January 1865, as its Chief of Staff, a position he held until Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in April of that year.  He remained in the Army until 1869. When he was ordered to join a regiment forming in the west to fight Indians, he resigned instead to become a president of the City College of New York, serving until 1902.

Webb regularly took part in reunions and dedications and authored books and articles about Gettysburg, the Peninsula campaign, and the Wilderness.  Ever the loyal subordinate, he defended the records of General McClellan and General Meade against all critics.  He advocated to the Secretary of War for an African American graduate of CCNY to be admitted into the U.S. Army Signal Corps, over the objections of its commander.  Webb founded the Westminster Kennel Club and then served as its President for the first 10 years.   He was also close to his four brothers, who would become bankers, financiers, philanthropists, and (in one case) marry into the Vanderbilt family. 

Webb died in 1911, two years, before the 50th Reunion of the battle of Gettysburg, and he is buried at West Point.  A holiday was declared in Gettysburg, and the Governors of New York and Pennsylvania were both in attendance, when a statue to Webb was dedicated on the battlefield in 1915.  Two years later, a duplicate statue was dedicated at the City College of New York.  General Webb was portrayed by the renowned re-enactor and historian, the late Brian Pohanka, in the 1993 movie “Gettysburg.”


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Stanley R. (Stan) Schneider is a past Board Member, Vice President, and two term President of the Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia (CWRTDC), the third oldest such organization in the United States. He is a graduate of the City College of New York (CCNY) and its ROTC program.  Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he eventually became a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves and is an Honor Graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College. 
Mr. Schneider's civilian career began with stints at the National Academy of Science and Naval Intelligence, followed by 36 years of service with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA working in positions related to management of weather and earth observing satellites. He retired from NASA in 2010 and is currently a consultant to aerospace companies.

Mr. Schneider has had a lifelong interest in the Civil War.  As a freshman at CCNY, he was inducted into Webb Patrol, an ROTC fraternity named after the College’s 2nd President and Civil War hero.  As a senior, he was elected Commanding Officer of Webb Patrol.  On active duty and subsequently the Reserves, Mr. Schneider was stationed at a series of U.S. Forts named after Civil War Generals---Lee, Pickett, and A.P. Hill--- and read Douglas Southall Freeman’s “Lees Lieutenants” to learn more about the personages mentioned on the ubiquitous signs and road side markers.  His senior thesis at Command and General Staff College was on “Lee’s Lieutenants” and its relevance to the (then) modern Army. 

For many years, Mr. Schneider was a member of the Army’s 310th Theatre Army Area Command (TAACOM) with headquarters at Fort Belvoir’s John Singleton Mosby U.S. Army Reserve Center.   The 310th unit crest consisted of Mosby’s plumed hat superimposed on the southern (St. Andrews) cross. Mr. Schneider is currently Vice President of the 310th Alumni Association known as the “Mosby Rangers."
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CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS MEETING:

PERRY D. JAMIESON
speaks on
"GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK"

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
at Ft. McNair Officers' Club, Washington, DC
(see directions here) or (download them in pdf here)

6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar)
7 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture)
Pork Tenderloin, Salad and Key Line Pie
8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only)

 Reservations required by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, May 3rd 

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About the Topic:  General Winfield Scott Hancock gained his greatest fame for his crucial contributions to the Federal victory at Gettysburg in July of 1863. Union veterans remembered Hancock as a general who led from the front and whose forceful presence could change the course of a battle. In addition to his service in the Civil War, though, the General's military service included experiences during the Mexican-American War, Reconstruction, and the Indian wars. He also pursued a national political career, which ended in an unsuccessful try for the presidency in 1880.



Dr. Jamieson’s talk will introduce the General as an American soldier who put his mark on many of the important military and political events of his lifetime.  It will highlight topics covered n his 2003 book, Winfield Scott Hancock: Gettysburg Hero.


Dr. ”Jamieson handles well the details of Hancock's wartime rise to fame as ‘Hancock the Superb,’ as he does the rest of the general's Civil War service," wrote John E. Deppen on the Civil War News Web site. David Fitzpatrick, writing in the Journal of Military History, noted that the book is for the general public and "will be of value to those who have a casual interest in the Civil War." 


About the Author:   Dr. Perry D. Jamieson, was born in Detroit, Michigan, and spent his boyhood in one of its suburbs, Farmington. He grew up reading Bruce Catton (one of our Round Table’s founder’s), T. Harry Williams, and other historians of the Civil War centennial era. Dr. Jamieson’s parents encouraged his interest in history and they gave him his first look at the Antietam battlefield, on a summer vacation trip. That memorable visit made the battle seem more real to him. The terrain of Sharpsburg’s farms and the words on the War Department tablets reinforced the historical accounts that he had read. The experience confirmed in his young mind that there really had been a Battle of Antietam: it wasn’t a story made up by Bruce Catton and other writers.

Throughout his career, Dr. Jamieson has always has enjoyed meeting people with an interest in the American past and in historic preservation. The Antietam battlefield has been the scene of a number of milestones in his life. For example, he met Stephanie Deats at Michigan State, they married, and spent part of their honeymoon at Antietam. “Ever since then,” Dr. Jamieson reports, “I’ve had people—especially women--tell me that it was an odd thing for me to drag a new wife to a Civil War battlefield. I’ve never understood that.  Antietam is a much better place to visit than Niagara Falls.” 


Dr. Jamieson received his Ph.D in history from Wayne State University, taught at the University of Texas, and served as the historian at the Air Force History Support Office, in Washington, DC.  He has also lectured at the U.S. Defense Department's Joint Military Intelligence College, and he was appointed fellow to the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation.


In fact, Dr. Jamieson studied under Grady McWhiney, a noted Civil War historian, and he  wrote his first book with McWhiney, entitled Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage. The book is considered a significant work on Civil War military tactics.


Dr. Jamieson's other books include Crossing the Deadly Ground: United States Army Tactics, 1865-1899, University of Alabama Press (Tuscaloosa, AL), 1994; Death in September: The Antietam Campaign, Ryan Place Publishers (Forth Worth, TX), 1995; and of course, Winfield Scott Hancock: Gettysburg Hero, McWhiney Foundation Press (Abilene, TX), 2003.


In addition to his books on the Civil War, Dr. Jamieson has written about U.S. Air Force history.  For example, in Lucrative Targets: The U.S. Air Force in the Kuwaiti Theater of Operations, he provides a look at the U.S. Air Force's involvement in the U.S. war with Iraq in the early 1990s, particularly focusing on the force's contribution to two operations: Desert Shield and Desert Storm.



After ending his Air Force career, Dr. Jamieson and Stephanie moved to Sharpsburg, where he now spends time hiking his favorite place, the Antietam battlefield. He has always been impressed with the sharp contrast between the area‘s past and present.  On September 17, 1862 the Antietam valley was the terrifying scene of horrific events. Today it’s a reassuring landscape of peaceful fields. “I’ve seen a lot of battlefields,” Dr. Jamieson says, “ones in the United States and elsewhere--Marston Moor, Culloden, Waterloo, and many others. None of them takes hold of me the way that Antietam does.” He is concerned that, as historian Grady McWhiney once put it, “Americans are in danger of losing their history.” He has warned, “If we don’t preserve the Antietam battlefield, a crucial part of our national past will disappear forever. We can’t let that happen. . ..”




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CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS MEETING:
BILL BACKUS
speaks on
"THE BRISTOE STATION CAMPAIGN"

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
at Ft. McNair Officers' Club, Washington, DC
(see directions here) or (download them in pdf here)

6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar)
7 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture)
8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only)

 Reservations required by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, April 5th 

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About the Topic: Certain battles enjoy wide recognition. References to Gettysburg, Antietam, and Manassas abound in American history textbooks and popular and scholarly Civil War titles. But what about smaller, lesser known battles? Join historian Bill Backus, author of A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign, October 9-19, 1863, to learn about Robert E. Lee’s last offensive campaign of the Civil War.


Indeed, the months after Gettysburg had hardly been quiet; they were filled with skirmishes, cavalry clashes, and a lot of marching. Nonetheless, Union commander Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade had yet to come to serious blows with his Confederate counterpart, Gen. Robert E. Lee.

"Lee is undoubtedly bullying you," one of Meade’s superiors goaded.

Lee’s army—severely bloodied at Gettysburg—did not have quite the offensive capability it once possessed, yet Lee’s aggressive nature could not be quelled. He looked for the chance to strike out at Meade.

In mid-October, 1863, both men shifted their armies into motion. Each surprised the other. Quickly, Meade found himself racing northward for safety along the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, with Lee charging up the rail line behind him.

Last stop: Bristoe Station.


Authors Robert Orrison and Bill Backus have worked at the Bristoe Station battlefield, which is now surrounded by one of the fastest-growing parts of Virginia. In A Want of Vigilance, they trace the campaign from the armies’ camps around Orange and Culpeper northwest through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the vital railroad—to Centreville and back—in a back-and-forth game of cat and mouse: the "goggle-eyed snapping turtle" versus "the old gray fox" pitted against each other in one of the most overlooked periods of the war."

A Want of Vigilance also includes: a foreword by J. Michael Miller; and appendices about, among other topics, the 1st Maine Cavalry by John R. Tole; the Battle of Rappahannock Station and Kelly’s Ford by Michael Block; the First Battle at Bristoe Station by Jay Greevy; and the Fall of ’63 by Chris Mackowski.

About the Speaker:  A native of Connecticut, Bill Backus graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation. Mr. Backus is currently working for multiple Civil War sites in Northern Virginia, including the Prince William Historic Preservation Division (alongside his wife Paige). He is the Historic Site Manager at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, as well as the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. Mr. Backus has also worked for the National Park Service at Vicksburg National Military Park and Petersburg National Battlefield. Bill an Paige (and their dog, Barley) reside in historic Brentsville, Virginia.
 

Sources:
Amazon.com   
Emerging Civil War
Bull Run CWRT

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CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS MEETING:

Historian Tom Perry at the site he saved, J. E. B. Stuart’s Birthplace, the Laurel Hill Farm,

just outside Mount Airy in Ararat, Patrick County, VA


THOMAS D. PERRY
speaks on
"J. E. B. STUART AND HIS BROTHERS"

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

at Ft. McNair Officers' Club, Washington, DC

(see directions here) or (download them in pdf here)

6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar)
7 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture)
8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only)

Reservations required by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, March 8th

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About the Topic:  Mr. Perry will be speaking about J. E. B. Stuart and his brothers,  William Alexander Stuart, who ran the saltworks in Saltville, Virginia during the war, and John Dabney Stuart, who was a surgeon in the 54th VA Infantry. He will also discuss men who fought in the war such as Johnathan Hanby Carter, David French Boyd and others who are relatively obscure, but were close to Stuart before and during the war.


About the Speaker:  A Patrick County High School and Virginia Tech graduate, Historian Thomas D. Perry studied under renowned Civil War Historian, James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., and now speaks throughout the region and country about J. E. B. Stuart and the regional history in Virginia surrounding his home county of Patrick.  Mr. Perry is the author and publisher of over forty books, including  Ascent to Glory, The Genealogy of J. E. B. Stuart; The Dear Old Hills of Patrick: J. E. B. Stuart and Patrick County; J. E. B. Stuart’s Birthplace: A Guide For Educators and Visitor; J. E. B. Stuart’s Birthplace: The History Of The Laurel Hill Farm; Images of Patrick County Virginia; Images of Henry County, Virginia; and Notes From The Free State Of Patrick.



Mr. Perry also wrote the eight interpretive signs about Laurel Hill’s history along with the Virginia Civil War Trails sign and the new Virginia Historical Highway Marker in 2002. He spent many years researching and traveling all over the nation to find Stuart materials. He continues his work to preserve Stuart’s Birthplace, producing the Laurel Hill Teacher’s Guide for educators and the Laurel Hill Reference Guide for groups.


Mr. Perry founded the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace in 1990. The non-profit organization has preserved 75 acres of the Stuart property including the house site where J. E. B. Stuart was born on February 6, 1833.  Mr. Perry also used his book Images of America Henry County Virginia to raise over $25,000 for the Bassett Historical Center, “The Best Little Library in Virginia,” and as editor of the Henry County Heritage Book raised another $30,000. Perry was responsible for over $200,000 of the $800,000 raised to expand the regional history library. 


In 2004, Mr. Perry began The Free State Of Patrick Internet History Group, which has become the largest historical organization in the area, with over 500 members. He also produces a monthly email newsletter about regional history entitled  Notes From The Free State of Patrick that comes from his website www.freestateofpatrick.com.  Mr. Perry alsocan be seen on Virginia Public Television’s Forgotten Battlefields: The Civil War in Southwest Virginia, with his mentor Bud  Robertson.

Mr. Perry’s collection of papers relating to Stuart and Patrick County history is in the Special Collections Department of the Carol M. Newman Library at Virginia Tech under the auspices of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.

Mr. Perry is the recipient of the John E. Divine Award from the Civil War Education Association, the Hester Jackson Award from the Surry County Civil War Round Table, and the Best Article Award from the Society of North Carolina Historians for his article on Stoneman’s Raid in 2008. In 2010, he received acknowledgement from the Bassett Public Library Association for his work to expand the Bassett Historical Center and was named Henry County Virginia Man of the Year by www.myhenrycounty.com. Mr. Perry also recently received the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award from the Patrick Henry Daughters of the American Revolution.
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The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia 
 and  
The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia  
 jointly and proudly sponsor

NOAH ANDRE TRUDEAU



who will speak on

"LINCOLN AT CITY POINT"

 Wednesday, February 15, 2017

at Ft. McNair Officers' Club, Washington, DC


6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar)
7 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture)
8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only)
(please arrive at 7:30pm for the lecture)


Members and guests of either the CWRTDC or the

Lincoln Group should make reservations on this website.
RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5PM ET, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, TO MEET CLUB DEADLINES 

Space may be limited, so make your reservations early.

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ABOUT THE TOPIC:
In March of 1865, the United States was at a crossroads and, truth be told, Abraham Lincoln was a sick man. “I am very unwell,” he confided to a close acquaintance. A vast and terrible civil war was winding down, leaving momentous questions for a war-weary President to address. A timely invitation from General Grant provided the impetus for an escape to City Point, Virginia, a journey from which Lincoln drew much more than he ever expected. Noah Andre Trudeau book, Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency, March 24 – April 8, 1865, offers the first comprehensive account of a momentous time. 

Lincoln’s trip to City Point allowed him to escape the constant interruptions in the nation’s capital that were carrying off a portion of his “vitality” and to make personal amends for having presided over the most destructive war in American history in order to save the nation.  He returned to Washington sixteen days later with a renewed sense of purpose, urgency, and direction that would fundamentally shape his second term agenda. 

Mr. Trudeau will describe what really happened to Lincoln during and after this trip—Lincoln’s longest break from the White House since he had taken office—to reveal an unconventional and important new picture of Lincoln. This is Lincoln at a time of great personal and national change, when he made peace with the past and became firmly future-focused during those last weeks of his life. Rather than the well-worn narrative treating Lincoln as a dead man walking when he returns to Washington, Trudeau paints him as he surely was: a changed man profoundly influenced by all that he experienced while at City Point. 


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

The son of two World War II veterans, Noah Andre Trudeau is the author of numerous military history articles covering not only the Civil War, but also the Revolutionary War, the Mexican-American War, World Wars I and II, and the Spanish Civil War. 

He is also the author of eight books on the Civil War, including The Last Citadel: Petersburg, Virginia, June 1864-April 1865; Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War 1862-1865 (honored with the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation's Jerry Coffey Memorial Book Prize); Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage, a fresh history of the iconic battle; and Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea, a history of Sherman’s march through Georgia, Mr. Tudeau  has also authored a short biography of the South’s leading general, Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership, completed as part of a “Great Generals Series” edited by General Wesley K. Clark.  Lincoln’s Greatest Journey is Mr. Trudeau's latest book.

In addition to his books on the Civil War, Mr. Trudeau has written a number of articles for military history magazines, such as Civil War Times Illustrated, Gettysburg Magazine, Blue and Gray, North & South, The Columbiad, America's Civil War and Military History Quarterly.

Mr. Trudeau studied history at the State University of New York at Albany and was formerly an executive producer at National Public Radio.  He currently lives with his wife in Washington, D.C.

 
Adapted from the following sources:
Macmillan publishers
www.c-span.org
www.amazon.com


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