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 2015 through May 2016. 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

The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Our guest speaker Peggy Vogtsberger will present "The 32nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry, an all-German regiment".  This regiment consisted of German immigrants, many who fled Germany as a result of the failed Revolution of 1848.  Most had been in this country slightly more than a decade when the Civil War began.  Peggy will discuss what motivated these men to endure three years of hardship and death to fight for a country not their own.  She will discuss how they perceived their experiences as soldiers differently than those of  "the Americans."  The regiment, enlisted for three years, was part of the Army of the Ohio and later the Army of the Cumberland.  They  fought at Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and in the Atlanta campaign.   She was fortunate to discover paintings and drawings of the regiment as well as published personal letters, some which she will share with us during her program.  About fifteen years ago, Peggy discovered she had a personal connection to this regiment--Private Frederick Vogtsberger served in Company H.

Miss Vogtsberger has served as past editor and president of the Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable.  She is the author of The Dulanys of Welbourne: A Family in Mosby's Confederacy (Rockbridge Publishing, 1995).  She has long had an interest in Major John Pelham and wrote an introduction to the reprint of Pelham's biography, The Life of the Gallant Pelham by Philip Mercer.   In October 2014 she began a Facebook group, The Society of the Army of the Cumberland, which now has over 100 members, including (besides herself) five published authors.  She is a frequent speaker to the Round Table.  She is always reading and researching and hopes to develop a future program on General Patrick Cleburne and his proposal to emancipate slaves during the Civil War. 

 

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