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 6:30 PM. Membership is open to the  general public.

January's Speaker

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Kevin Pawlak
"In The Wake of Antietam - The Loudon Valley Campaign of 1862"

On Tuesday, January 25, 2022 -Kevin Pawlak will present “In the Wake of Antietam – The Loudon Valley Campaign of 1862”.

Following the bloodiest single day in American history at the Battle of Antietam, the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia rested and refitted on either side of the Potomac River. By late October 1862, the Federal army crossed into Virginia once more, armed with a plan to capture Richmond and defeat the Confederacy.
The ensuing battles that erupted in the Loudoun Valley and beyond raged for two weeks and added several hundred casualties to the nation’s growing list of names in an indecisive campaign. It proved to be George McClellan’s last campaign as a field commander in the Civil War.

Kevin Pawlak is the Historic Site Manager of Ben Lomond Historic Site and Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park and serves as a Certified Battlefield Guide at Antietam National Battlefield. He graduated from Shepherd University in 2014, majoring in History with a concentration in Civil War and 19th Century America and minoring in Historic Preservation.  Kevin previously worked at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association, the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and the Antietam Institute. He is also a regular contributor to the Emerging Civil War online blog. He is the author and co-author of four books, including To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign

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Previous Zoom Meeting Presentations

December 21, 2021 - Dr. Paul Severance presented "The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies: Facts and Wishful Thinking" view

October 27, 2021 - Doug Crenshaw presented "Fort Harrison ans The Battle of Chiffin's Farm" view presentation

September 28, 2021 -
Chris Mackowski's “The Battle of Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle”. view presentation

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

April 27,2021 - Chris Kolakowski presented "Perspectives of The 1862 Virginia Campaigns". view presentation - 63 minutes

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

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