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.

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.


Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 6:30 PM

Drew Gruber
 "The Siege of Yorktown"

Please join us on Tuesday, January 24 for the meeting of the Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable, commencing at 6:30 PM in the Theater of the Williamsburg Regional Library. The library is located at 515 Scotland Street in Williamsburg.
The program will also be presented online via a Zoom link for our members and friends near and far. The details for the Zoom link will be provided by a follow-up announcement several days prior to meeting date.

On January 24,2023, Drew Gruber will present “The Siege of Yorktown”

In the early Spring of 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac was transported from the Nation’s Capital area down the Chesapeake Bay to the lower Virginia Peninsula bounded by the James and York Rivers. The Union manpower of approximately 125,000 troops marched up the Peninsula in early April until confronting an extensive Confederate defensive line established behind the Warwick River from Mulberry Island (present day Fort Eustis) across the Peninsula to Yorktown. The initial Confederate defensive force, numbering approximately 12,000 troops, brought the Union advance to a halt. As a consequence of overcoming such a formidable defensive obstacle, the Union high command chose to implement a siege.

Our speaker, Drew Gruber, will present details relating to the establishment of the Union siege works around the Yorktown area. In addition, Drew will offer new perspectives on the campaign, and address several pervasive myths related to the siege.
Drew Gruber is the Executive Director of Civil War Trails, Inc. His duties have expanded to the coverage a six-state program of placement of interpretive Civil War signage. A resident of Williamsburg, Drew has been a tireless advocate for the preservation of the few remaining Civil War sites associated with the May 5,1862 Battle of Williamsburg. His efforts have come to fruition with the recent preservation of approximately 250 acres of undeveloped property adjacent to the Colonia Parkway and I-64.
Drew Gruber is the Executive Director of Civil War Trails, Inc. which is a nonprofit which offers over 1,400 sites for visitors to explore across six states. He is also the interim Director for the Williamsburg Battlefield Association and previously sat on the Virginia Board of Historic Resources. He holds his M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, a B.A. in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College and was recently certified by Southeast Tourism Marketing College. He lives in Williamsburg with his wife Kate. He enjoyed brown spiritus liquors, cold, rainy days, books, and some peace & quiet.
In addition to Drew Gruber’s program, we’ll welcome a visit from Mike Movius. Mike is the President of the Civil War Round Table Congress, an organization tasked with the sustainability and growth of Civil War Round Tables throughout America and beyond. Mike will share a short video which outlines the education and networking activities which the Congress offers to facilitate improvement of local Round Tables.

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