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 fourthTuesday 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

On September 22, J. Michael Moore is presenting a program on the Atlanta Campaign.  As a part of General in Chief U.S. Grant’s grand strategy for 1864, Major General William T. Sherman’s Western armies were to maneuver from Chattanooga against General Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee toward Atlanta with the objective of destroying Johnston’s army and the Confederate interior war industries. By 1864, Atlanta was an important hub in the Confederate war machine second only to Richmond as an arsenal, manufacturing, and rail center. Atlanta was also known as the “Gate City to the South” guarding the interior of the Deep South.  Moore will discuss the background, personalities, and ramifications of the Atlanta Campaign.
J. Michael Moore is the curator for Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation. Mr. Moore received a bachelor of arts in history from Christopher Newport University and a master of arts in history from Old Dominion University. Moore has led battlefield tours in Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.  In addition, he is a popular lecturer for CNU’s LifeLong Learning Society. Mr. Moore has also co-authored two books – The Peninsula Campaign of 1862: A Military Analysis in 2005 and Yorktown’s Civil War Siege: Drums Along the Warwick in 2012.  Moreover, Michael has served as the editor and photographic editor for eleven books and written articles for Virginia Cavalcade, North & South, and Military Collector & Historian.  In recognition of his work in public history, the Governor of Kentucky commissioned Moore a Kentucky Colonel in 2014.  He is a Newport News native and resides in Historic Yorktown.

Essay Contest Winner The James City Cavalry is very proud of their 2015 Lt. Col. Allen College Scholarship Essay winner.  Miss. Lauren Bridewell of Warhill High School was awarded her $1000 scholarship at their April meeting.  essay


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