CWRTDC'S NEXT 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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CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS MEETING:


 
SCOTT C. PATCHAN

speaks on

"THE LAST BATTLE OF WINCHESTER: SHERIDAN AND EARLY IN THE VALLEY CAMPAIGN"


 Tuesday, January 10, 2017
at Ft. McNair Officers' Club, Washington, DC

ABOUT THE TOPIC:
Mr. Patchan’s presentation will focus on Gen. Grant's unexpected decision to place fellow Ohioan Phil Sheridan in command in the Shenandoah. Sheridan was not an inevitable choice, but Grant wanted to have someone he could rely upon.  Mr. Patchan will examine Sheridan's background and review the events as they unfolded in 1864 culminating in Sheridan's victory at the third and last Battle of Winchester. 

A posting on www.goodreads.com describes Mr. Patchan’s book on this topic as the first serious study to chronicle this battle, which was the largest, longest, and bloodiest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley. What began about daylight did not end until dusk, when the victorious Union army routed the Confederates. It was the first time Stonewall Jackson's former Corps had ever been driven from a battlefield, and its defeat set the stage for the final climax of the 1864 Valley Campaign.

This Northern victory was a long time coming, however. During the spring and summer of 1864, General Early had aggressively led the veterans of Jackson's Army of the Valley District to one victory after another at Lynchburg, Monocacy, Snickers Gap, and Kernstown.  In response, Grant cobbled together a formidable force under Phil Sheridan, an equally redoubtable commander. Sheridan's task was a tall one: sweep Jubal Early's Confederate army out of the bountiful Shenandoah and reduce the verdant region of its supplies.

Five weeks of complex maneuvering and sporadic combat followed before the opposing armies ended up at Winchester, an important town in the northern end of the Valley that had changed hands dozens of times over the previous three years. Tactical brilliance and ineptitude were on display throughout the day-long affair as Sheridan threw infantry and cavalry against the thinning Confederate ranks and as Early and his generals shifted to meet each assault. A final blow against Early's left flank finally collapsed the Southern army, killing one of the Confederacy's finest combat generals, and planted the seeds of the victory at Cedar Creek the following month.

Scott Patchan's vivid prose, which is based upon more than two decades of meticulous research and an unparalleled understanding of the battlefield, is complemented with numerous original maps and explanatory footnotes that enhance the reader’s understanding of this watershed battle. Rich in analysis and character development, The Last Battle of Winchester is certain to become a classic Civil War battle study.  Source (click to link): GoodReads

Mr. Patchan’s book, Shenandoah Summer, studies Gen. Early’s disastrous battles in the Shenandoah Valley which ultimately resulted in his ignominious dismissal. But Early’s lesser-known summer campaign of 1864, between his raid on Washington and Phil Sheridan’s renowned fall campaign, had a significant impact on the political and military landscape of the time. By focusing on military tactics and battle history in uncovering the facts and events of these little-understood battles, Mr. Patchan’s book offers a new perspective on Early’s contributions to the Confederate war effort—and to Union battle plans and politicking.

Specifically, Mr. Patchan details the previously unexplored battles at Rutherford’s Farm and Kernstown (a pinnacle of Confederate operations in the Shenandoah Valley) and examines the campaign’s influence on President Lincoln’s reelection efforts. He also provides insights into the personalities, careers, and roles in the campaign of Confederate general John C. Breckinridge, Union general George Crook, and Union colonel James A. Mulligan, with his “fighting Irish” brigade from Chicago. Finally, Mr. Patchan reconsiders the ever-colorful and controversial General Early himself, whose importance in the Confederate military pantheon this book at last makes clear. Source (click to link): Amazon

Other resources (click to link):
Civil War Trust
National Park Service
 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
A life-long student of military history, who graduated from James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley, Scott C. Patchan is widely regarded as the leading authority and tour guide of the 1864 Valley Campaign.

He is the author of many articles and books, including The Forgotten Fury: The Battle of Piedmont (1996), Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign (2007), Second Manassas: Longstreet’s Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge (2011), and most recently, The Last Battle of Winchester: Phil Sheridan, Jubal Early, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August 7 - September 19, 1864. Mr. Patchan also serves as a Director on the board of the Kernstown Battlefield Association in Winchester, Virginia, and is a member of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation’s Resource Protection Committee.

Mr. Patchan is a Director of Administration (Accounting, IT,
and HR) for Fairfax County. He is responsible for managing financial, budgetary, personnel and IT functions.  Mr. Patchan has specialized in redesigning internal controls and strengthening budgetary and purchasing processes and has been involved in strategic planning and development of the County’s fiscal direction.  Source(click to link): LinkedIn 
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CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS MEETING:
DWIGHT HUGHES
speaks on

"A CONFEDERATE BIOGRAPHY: THE CRUISE OF THE CSS SHENANDOAH"


 Tuesday, December 13, 2016
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)
(please arrive at 7:30pm for the lecture)


Reservations required by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, December 7th 


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ABOUT THE TOPIC: "The cruise of a ship is a biography,” wrote the Confederacy’s foremost sailor, Raphael Semmes. A ship can be, therefore, a central character in a life story through which we view the momentous past more clearly.

From October 1864 to November 1865, the CSS Shenandoah carried the Civil War around the globe to the ends of the earth through every extreme of sea and storm. Her officers represented a cross section of the Confederacy from Old Dominion first families through the Deep South aristocracy to a middle-class Missourian: a nephew of Robert E. Lee; a grandnephew of founder George Mason; a son-in-law to Raphael Semmes; grandsons of men who fought at George Washington’s side; and an uncle of Theodore Roosevelt.


They considered themselves Americans, Southerners, rebels, and warriors embarking on the voyage of their lives, defending their country as they understood it and pursuing a difficult, dangerous mission in which they succeeded spectacularly after it no longer mattered.

Shenandoah was a magnificent ship. Her commerce-raiding mission was a central component of U.S. Navy heritage and a watery form of asymmetric warfare in the spirit of John Mosby, Bedford Forrest, and W. T. Sherman. She contributed to the diplomatic maelstrom of the Civil War, as evidenced by a contentious visit to Melbourne, Australia.

Later, at the Pacific island of Pohnpei, Southern gentlemen enjoyed a tropical holiday while their country lay dying, mingling with an exotic warrior society that was more like them than they knew. Their observations looking back from the most remote and alien surroundings imaginable, along with the viewpoints of those they encountered, provide unique perspectives of the conflict.

Finally, Shenandoah invaded the north, the deep cold of the Bering Sea. She fired the last gun of the conflict and set crystal waters aglow with flaming Yankee whalers.
Seven months after Lee’s surrender, Shenandoah limped into Liverpool. Captain Waddell lowered the last Confederate banner without defeat or surrender. This is, as Admiral Semmes describes, a biography of a cruise and a microcosm of the Confederate-American experience.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dwight Sturtevant Hughes graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 and served twenty years as a Navy surface warfare officer on most of the world's oceans in ships ranging from destroyer to aircraft carrier and with river forces in Vietnam (Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, Purple Heart).

Lieutenant Commander Hughes taught Naval ROTC at the University of Rochester, earning an MA in Political Science; he later earned an MS in Information Systems Management from USC. In his final sea tour, he planned and conducted convoy exercises with over twenty ships of the Maritime Prepositioned Force.


Dwight's second career was software engineering, primarily in geographic feature naming data and electronic mapping under contract for the U.S. Geological Survey. A ridge in Antarctica is named for him in recognition of contributions to Antarctic databases and information services.

Dwight's current calling builds on a lifetime of study in naval history with the desire to translate a love of the sea and ships into an understanding of our naval heritage and to communicate that heritage in an educational and entertaining manner.

Dwight is a guest author at the Emerging Civil War blog. He is a life member of the U.S. Naval Institute, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, and the Historic Naval Ships Association. He is a member of the Naval Historical Foundation and the National Maritime Historical Society.
Dwight Hughes lives near Manassas in Virginia with his wife, Judi, a former Air Force officer and Electronics/Communications Engineer.


For more information about the speaker's book, visit http://aconfederatebiography.com/



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CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS MEETING:




DAVID GOETZ

speaks on


"THE POSTWAR RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MOSBY AND GRANT"


Wednesday, November 9, 2016
(Note: this is on Wednesday night rather than our usual Tuesday meetings)

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, Thursday, November 3rd 

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About the Topic:  “Hell is Being a Republican in Virginia”: The Postwar Relationship Between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant is essentially the story of Mosby and Grant and their search for peace and reconciliation between North and South in the years following the War Between the States.


Bitter enemies during the war – in 1864, Grant had declared, “Where any of Mosby’s men are caught, hang them without trial” – they met in 1872 as Grant was in a fierce contest with Horace Greeley for his second term.  Mosby gave Grant a strategy that helped him win and the two remained close friends for the rest of their lives.


Mosby and his family were spurned by Southerners who felt betrayed by Mosby’s active support of Grant and, after nearly being assassinated in Warrenton, Va. in the fall of 1877, Mosby contacted Grant who used his influence with President Rutherford Hayes to appoint Mosby as U.S. Consul to Hong Kong, where he served for seven years.
Even with the hand of death on him in the summer of 1885, Grant asked his friend Leland Stanford, president of the Southern Pacific Railroad, to find a job for Mosby upon his return from Hong Kong; he did, and Mosby worked as an attorney for the railroad for the next 16 years, until 1901.
That these two giants of their time first reconciled between themselves before  working toward healing the nation’s post-war wounds is instructive for us in the 21st Century, as the need for peace and reconciliation among citizens is greater than perhaps ever before.
About the Speaker: David Goetz owns Mosby's Confederacy Tours, and leads tours in “Mosby's Confederacy,” including Virginia counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Warren and Clarke. 
Mr. Goetz is descended from the family of Chaplain Father James M. Graves, S.J., who served with Generals Joe Johnston and Stonewall Jackson in the Army of Virginia in 1861-62.  He is a past commander of the Black Horse Camp #780, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Fauquier County, Virginia, serving from 2009-13.
Mr. Goetz has a professional background in public relations, sales and marketing, primarily with non-profit organizations.  He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Bellarmin University, Louisville, Kentucky, and a Master of Science degree in Community Development from the University of Louisville.  He is a U.S. Army veteran, received an Honorable Discharge, and lives in Culpeper County, Virginia.




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