CWRTDC'S NEXT MEETING:
GARY CASTEEL
speaks about
"The Life of a CW Sculptor"

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
In the Skylight Room of the
Spates Community Club and Center
at Ft. Myer, in Arlington, VA
(take elevator available immediately to the right as you enter the Club or take stairs to the left)
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION
Attendees will need to enter through security at the Hatfield gate; see instructions to enter Ft. Myer HERE 

(also 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 Due By Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 5pm
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About the Topic:

Gary Casteel will describe what it took to become a recognized sculptor of historical events and persons, including his experiences (and trials) as a child and in school.  He will focus on the making of the statue of General James Longstreet and his current and future studio projects, including the proposed National Civil War Memorial. 

Mr. Casteel plans to bring signed copies of his booklet, "Its About Time," about the Longstreet monument. 


Incidentally, our meeting coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Longstreet monument dedication!


 About the Speaker:
Nationally recognized sculptor Gary Casteel, born in the hills of West Virginia, has always been fascinated with history and art. In the fourth grade, after seeing a picture of Michelangelo’s David, Mr. Casteel knew that sculpting was the profession he wished to follow. From the start, though, he recognized that raw talent was not enough to succeed. So, while living and working in the United States and abroad, he searched for professional sculptors in order to enhance his abilities by apprenticing under the masters. 
 
Mr. Casteel found that his keen sense of history, talent, and drive for producing pieces in his personal dynamic style would thrust him into the demanding light of success with the Gen. James Longstreet equestrian erected in the Gettysburg National Military Park.  Since then, his work has become highly regarded and requested by the National Park Service, state and local governments, corporations and private enterprises.
Mr. Casteel was honored in 2000 by the National Civil War Memorial Commission with an invitation to design and sculpt a fitting memorial to honor those events and individuals, civilian and military, during the War Between the States.  He continues to receive commissions and strives toward maintaining and preserving the American past in sculpture. 
Mr. Casteel lives in Gettysburg, PA, where he continues to pursue his love and life of sculpting.  

 

For more information about Mr. Casteel, visit the sites listed below:
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gary.casteel.14?ref=br_rs
 


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CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS NEXT MEETING:


GREGG S. CLEMMER
speaks about
General Ed "Old Alleghany" Johnson

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
in the Campaign Room on the 2nd Floor at Ft. Myer Officers' Club, in Arlington, VA
(take elevator available immediately to the right as you enter the Club or take stairs to the left)
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION
Attendees will need to enter through security at the Hatfield gate; see instructions to enter Ft. Myer HERE 

(also 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 Due By Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 5pm
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About the Topic:
General Ed "Old Alleghany" Johnson was a unique character.  A professional soldier from Kentucky (by way of Virginia), he graduated from West Point in 1838 and had a distinguished military career participating in five battles in the Mexican-American war and was awarded a ceremonial sword by the Commonwealth of Virginia for his bravery.   Highly regarded by Robert E. Lee, Johnson received his nickname while commanding Confederate forces in the 1861 battle on Allegheny MountainJohnson was severely wounded with a bullet to the ankle, and he returned to Richmond for his convalescence and became active in the social scene. 

Although Johnson was a heavy-set, rough-looking, rude character who was still a bachelor at age 47, he had the reputation as a ladies' man.  Due to a wound he received in Mexico, he was afflicted with an eye that winked uncontrollably, causing many women to believe he was flirting with them.  He caused enough attention that he rated several scandalous mentions in the diary of Mary Chesnut.  When he returned to action (according to Douglas Southall Freeman), it was with a “roar and a limp which he eased with a long staff, wherefore the men began calling him “Old Clubby.”  Promoted to Major General and Division Commander in the Army of Northern Virginia, he had a reputation as a hard fighter but was twice captured along with the Divisions he led.  After his capture at Spotsylvania, he ate breakfast with Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, an old friend.



Gregg Clemmer pursued Maj. Gen. Ed Johnson's never-told, extraordinary story despite colleagues' warnings of little original source material. His diligent research over a dozen years, however, resulted in the discovery of two notable caches of Johnson letters and a treasure trove of primary records. The ensuing biography, Old Alleghany: The Life and Wars of General Ed Johnson, is the definitive history of the general, and it won the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award in 2005 as the book of highest merit in the field of Southern history.

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About Our Speaker:

Gregg Clemmer is a native of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and a graduate of Virginia Tech.  He also received a master's degree in military history from Norwich University in Vermont.
 
A writer and historian of eclectic interests, Mr. Clemmer thrives on connecting the obscure with the notable, chronicling relatively unknown historic incidents and their relevance the fabric of modern America, reminding us of the history many have forgotten. He is an eloquent speaker and a gifted storyteller, talents that he demonstrated leading battlefield tours for the Smithsonian and appearing on MSNBC, Fox News, and CBS Radio.


Aside from writing Old Alleghany: The Life and Wars of General Ed Johnson, Mr. Clemmer is the author of, among others, the acclaimed Valor in Gray: The Recipients of the Confederate Medal of Honor and his first novel, A Turn For Home, which was recently released. Mr. Clemmer is also the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. _________________________________________

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CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS MEETING:
JONATHAN HORN
speaks about
"Robert E. Lee's Decision"

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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 Due By Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 5pm
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About the Topic:
On the eve of the Civil War, one soldier embodied the legacy of George Washington and the hopes of leaders across a divided land. Both North and South knew Robert E. Lee as the son of Washington’s most famous eulogist and the son-in-law of Washington’s adopted child. Each side sought his service for high command. Lee could choose only one.

Jonathan Horn will discuss his book on the topic, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington, Robert E. Lee's Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History.  Mr. Horn reveals how the officer most associated with Washington went to war against the Union that Washington had forged. His biography follows Lee through married life, military glory, and misfortune.
The story that emerges is more complicated, more tragic, and more illuminating than the familiar tale. More complicated because the unresolved question of slavery—the driver of disunion—was among the personal legacies that Lee inherited from Washington.  More tragic because the Civil War destroyed the people and places connecting Lee to Washington in agonizing and astonishing ways.  More illuminating because the battle for Washington’s legacy shaped the nation that America is today. As Washington was the man who would not be king, Lee was the man who would not be Washington. The choice was Lee’s. The story is America’s.
A must-read for those passionate about history, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington introduces Jonathan Horn as a masterly voice in the field.



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About Our Speaker:
Jonathan Horn is a former White House presidential speechwriter.  He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the PBS NewsHour, and his writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times Disunion series, The Weekly Standard, and other outlets.

During his time at the White House, Mr. Horn served as a speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush.

A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Horn now lives with his wife, Caroline, in Bethesda, Maryland.

For additional information and a list of his appearances and publications, visit http://www.jonathanhornauthor.com/news-and-appearances _________________________________________
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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

SIDNEY BLUMENTHAL


who will speak on

Lincoln at The Creation: The Bloomington Convention of 1856 and the 'Lost Speech'

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

at Ft. McNair Officers' Club, Washington, DC


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

Menu  Entrée: London Broil

Entrée includes house salad; vegetables; potatoes or grains; and bread rolls

Dessert: Apple cobbler and freshly brewed coffee and tea

8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only)
(please arrive at 7:30pm for the lecture)

To meet Ft. McNair's access requirements and to facilitate check-in, we strongly encourage making reservations online via this website.
RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5pm EST, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 
Space may be limited, so make your reservations early.

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CWRTDC, c/o Andrew Evatt, 6613 New Hope Drive, Springfield, VA  22151 
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ABOUT THE TOPIC:

Volume II of Sidney Blumenthal’s acclaimed, landmark biography, The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, reveals the future president’s genius during the most decisive period of his political life when he seizes the moment, finds his voice, and helps create a new political party.

In 1849, Abraham Lincoln seemed condemned to political isolation and defeat. His Whig Party is broken in the 1852 election, and it disintegrates. His perennial rival, Stephen Douglas, forges an alliance with the Southern senators and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. Violent struggle breaks out on the plains of Kansas, a prelude to the Civil War.

Lincoln rises to the occasion. Only he can take on Douglas in Illinois, and he finally delivers the dramatic speech that leaves observers stunned. In 1855, he makes a race for the Senate, which he loses when he throws his support to a rival to prevent the election of a proslavery candidate.


Mr. Blumenthal's Wrestling With His Angel explains how Lincoln and his friends operate behind the scenes to destroy the anti-immigrant party in Illinois to clear the way for a new Republican Party. Lincoln takes command and writes its first platform and vaults onto the national stage as the leader of a party that will launch him to the presidency.
 
Mr. Blumenthal expands on this history in his forthcoming third volume of the series, which will cover Lincoln’s role in founding the Republican Party of Illinois at its 1856 convention, and he will discuss "Lincoln At The Creation: The Bloomington Convention of 1856 and the 'Lost Speech.'”
 
 
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
 
Sidney Blumenthal is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has been a national staff reporter for The Washington Post, Washington editor and staff writer for The New Yorker, senior writer for The New Republic, and contributor to numerous additional publications. His books include the bestselling The Clinton Wars, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment, and The Permanent Campaign.


Mr. Blumenthal was the executive producer of the Academy and Emmy Award–winning Taxi to the Dark Side.  He has also served as a political consultant for other films and projects
 
Wrestling with His Angels is the second book of a four book series covering The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln. The first book is entitled A Self-Made Man. Reviews of both books can be found in past issues of The Lincolnian, the newsletter of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia.


Information from:
Amazon.com
Simonandschuster.com





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