CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS MEETING:

CANDICE SHY HOOPER
speaks about
"Lincoln's Generals' Wives"

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
in the Campaign Room on the 2nd Floor at Ft. Myer Officers' Club, in Arlington, VA
located at 214 Jackson Avenue
(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, June 5, 5pm
(Note: cancellations after the due date are non-refundable, as we must pay for dinners based on the number of reservations reported to the Club on the due date regardless of actual attendance)
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About the Topic:
The story of the American Civil War is not complete without examining the extraordinary and influential lives of Jessie Frémont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant, the wives of Abraham Lincoln’s top generals. They were their husbands’ closest confidantes and had a profound impact on the generals’ ambitions and actions. Most important, the women’s own attitudes toward, and relationships with, Lincoln had major historical significance.


Candice Shy Hooper’s account covers the early lives of her subjects, as well as their families, their education, their political attitudes, and their personal beliefs. Once shots were fired on Fort Sumter, the women were launched out of their private spheres into a wholly different universe, where their relationships with their husbands and their personal opinions of the president of the United States had national and historical consequences.
Relying on a close reading of letters, memoirs, and other primary sources—and, for the first time, mapping the women’s wartime travels—Hooper explores the very different ways in which these remarkable women responded to the unique challenges of being Lincoln’s generals’ wives.

Ms. Hooper's book, The Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War - For Better and for Worse, has been awarded: the 2018 Gold Medal in Nonfiction,  Sarton Women’s Book Awards; the 2017 Silver Benjamin Franklin Book Prize in History,  Independent Book Publishers Association; and the 2017 Bronze Medal in History, Independent Publisher Book Awards.


About Our Speaker:
Born on Guam to a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman and his intrepid Hoosier wife, Candice Shy Hooper attended more than half a dozen schools before her high school graduation. The one constant in her nomadic life were libraries from Saipan to Norfolk, Virginia, which her parents made the family’s first stop after every household move. 

Ms. Hooper received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a law degree from Georgetown University.  After a career on Capitol Hill as aide to the late Congressman Charlie Wilson (“Charlie Wilson’s War”) and as a lobbyist with her husband, Ms. Hooper “discovered” her true intellectual passion.  Returning to school in 2006, she earned an MA in history, with a concentration in military history, from George Washington University.
Ms. Hooper’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Journal of Military History, and The Michigan War Studies Review.  She has spoken at the Society for Military History annual conference, Film & History annual conference, and the Society for Civil War Historians/  She has also lectured at the U. S. Naval Academy and George Washington University.

In addition, Ms. Hooper is an award-winning poet, whose work was selected for inclusion in District Lines, an anthology published by the renowned independent bookstore Politics & Prose.


Ms. Hooper serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of Military History and is a member of the Ulysses S. and Julia D. Grant Historical Home Advisory Board in Detroit, Michigan. She has served on the Board of Directors of President Lincoln’s Cottage at the National Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC, and is past president of the Johann Fust Library Foundation in Boca Grande, Florida, where she spends half the year with her husband Lindsay.  They spend the other half in Lindsay’s home state of Wyoming.



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CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS 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
(Note: cancellations after the due date are non-refundable, as we must pay for dinners based on the number of reservations reported to the Club on the due date regardless of actual attendance)
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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 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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