Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote discussion and study of the Civil War and to further stimulate interest in all aspects and phases of the Civil War period.

Meeting Dates

The organization meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month September through May. Meetings are held in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre located at 515 Scotland St in Williamsburg, VA, unless otherwise posted. The meetings begin at 7 PM. Membership is open to the  general public.

This Month's Speaker

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7 PM
Michael E. Block
"A Rusty Sword, Five Friends, and
‘as perfect a beauty ever born on
the soil of the Old Dominion.

The meeting will be via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to all email recipients no later than March 14th.

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Michael Block will present “A Rusty Sword, Five Friends, and ‘as perfect a beauty ever born on the soil of the Old Dominion.”. Incidents and anecdotes from the Battle of Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862.

The Battle of Cedar Mountain is considered by some as the opening fight in the Second Manassas Campaign, others a one off fight. Tonight Mike will give an overview of the Cedar Mountain Campaign and the battle itself. But his focus tonight will be on the experiences soldiers who participated in the battle. Their stories are typically lost in the  recounting of the fight, so tonight’s presentation features their tales.

Michael Block is a recently retired government consultant, having served 20 years in the U. S. Air Force and 19 with the firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He was recently the Vice-President of the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield, but still volunteers for the organizations.  He has been published in Blue and Gray Magazine, Hallowed Ground and will have his first book published, “The Carnage Was Fearful: The Battle of Cedar Mountain”, in 2021. His specialty is the Civil War in the Virginia Piedmont, with an emphasis on Cedar Mountain and the Winmpment of 1863-64. He resides in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife of 39 years, Caryn. They have two married sons and three granddaughters.

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Previous Zoom Meeting Presentations

September 21, 2020 - Kevin Pawlak presented "Robert E. Lee Defends the Confederate High Water Mark at Sharpsburg" (view presentation - 73 minutes)
Kevin can be reached at https://antietamguides.com/antietam-guides/antietam-battlefield-guides/kevin-pawlak/

November 24, 2020 - Scott Mingus presented "Flames Beyond  Gettysburg - The Confederate Expedition to the Susquehanna River - June 1863
(View presentation - 85 minutes)

December 8, 2020 - Ken Rutherford presented "America's Buried History - Landmines in The Civil War". View presentation -  66 minutes

January 26, 2021 - Steve Phan presented "The Capital Can't Be Taken! The Civil War Defense of Washington" View presentation

February 16, 2021 - Dr. Thomas G. Clemens presented “Special Orders 191 - Myths, Misconceptions and Facts Related to Lee's Lost Orders”.
A map of the Antietam campaign and special orders 191 are on our website at http://www.wcwrt.org/so191.jpg and www.wcwrt.org/Antietam-Campaign-3-to-17-1862-June.jpg. Please download both. Video link is wcwrt.org/zoom/feb21-clemens.mp4 -For best viewing of entire presentation, fast forward video to 5:24 minutes

Visit the American Battlefield Trust site to view animated Peninsula Campaign map

Visit the Williamsburg Battlefield Association (view newsletter)

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