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

MONTHLY MEETING NOTICE
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7 PM

Chris Kolakowski
"Perspectives of the 1862 Virginia Campaigns"

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

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Chris Kolakowski will present "Perspectives of the 1862 Virginia Campaigns“. The spring and summer of 1862 in Virginia witnessed campaigns and bloodshed unlike any before in North American history. Those campaigns - Valley, Peninsula/Seven Days, and Second Manassas - are some of the most famous of the conflict. The results of the fighting also marked a transition point in the Civil War. This talk will examine lesser-appreciated aspects of those campaigns and their contexts.

Christopher L. Kolakowski was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Va. He received his BA in History and Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College, and his MA in Public History from the State University of New York at Albany.

Chris has spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, Kentucky State Parks, and the U.S. Army. He has written and spoken on various aspects of military history from 1775 to the present. He has published two books with the History Press: The Civil War at Perryville: Battling For the Bluegrass and The Stones River and Tullahoma Campaign: This Army Does Not Retreat. In September 2016 the U.S. Army published his volume on the 1862 Virginia Campaigns as part of its sesquicentennial series on the Civil War. He is a contributor to the Emerging Civil War Blog, and a reviewer and contributor to the Air Force Journal of Indo-Pacific Studies. His study of the 1941-42 Philippine Campaign titled Last Stand on Bataan was released in late February 2016. He is currently working on a book about the 1944 India-Burma battles.

On January 6, 2020, Chris became Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, after serving as MacArthur Memorial Director from September 16, 2013, to December 6, 2019.

Chris Mackowski visited a few sites at Petersburg National Battlefield for a series of videos.

NAU Center Spring Events details

2021 Nau Civil War Center Signature Conference: "Black Virginians in Blue," April 13-14, 7 PM ET details

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

March 16, 2021 - Michael Block presented the battle of Cedar Mountan, August 9, 1862. Video link of presentation is  wcwrt.org/zoom/mar21-Block.mp4 - 93 minutes
 

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

Visit the Williamsburg Battlefield Association (view newsletter)
(http://www.williamsburgbattlefieldassociation.org/)
(https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsburgBattlefieldAssociation)

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