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

To our members and friends, I trust that this message finds all of you safe and well. As I previously reported last month, the May meeting, scheduled for next Tuesday, the 26th, is cancelled. As usual, we will not be meeting during the summer months, but will be looking forward to kicking off our forthcoming season in September.

In place of the cancelled May meeting, we are offering several options, as noted above, for your homebound interests.The Book Excerpt option, call it the headliner of our Monthly News, is a couple of book excerpts that are being offered by our good friend, author Butch Barringer. Butch is a local guy, residing in Newport News. Like many of us, Butch is retired, having spent nearly four decades at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton. I am the proud owner of both of Butch’s books and can attest that they are both very good. The websites noted below provide information regarding the purchase of these works, and I highly recommend your consideration to add them to your library.

The first book excerpt is Chapter 6 of “Fighting For General Lee”. This is the story about Confederate General Rufus Barringer and the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade. Butch claims General Barringer a few notches down on his family tree. The Chapter 6 excerpt covers the 1863 actions at Brandy Station, the Bristoe Campaign, and Personal Loss. You can gain access to the Chapter 6 excerpt by clicking on www.generalrufusbarringer.com Then click on read sample chapter.

The second book excerpt is Chapter 2 of “Custer’s Grey Rival: The Life of Confederate Major General Thomas Lafayette Rosser”. The Chapter 2 excerpt addresses Tom Rosser’s initial experiences as a member of the famed Washington Artillery of New Orleans. You can gain access to the Chapter 2 excerpt by clicking on www.generalthomasrosser.com. Then click on chapter 2 icon.

A third book excerpt comes our way from the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. The CVBT's May 2, 2020 Email features an E-book of the Second Battle of Fredericksburg. The Second Battle of Fredericksburg occurred in May of 1863 in conjunction with the Chancellorsville campaign. Our good friend Chris Kolakowski, who has recently moved on to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, has penned the story of this oft ignored action. You’ll find the link to this free E-book here.

The Magazine option comes our way from our cousins across the pond. You may recall that we welcomed three Civil War enthusiasts from Great Britain to our September meeting last year. They spent a couple of jam-packed weeks touring Civil War sites here in the eastern theater before heading back home. Our friendship with our British cousins has led to the reward of their quarterly magazine. Links to the Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 issues of “CROSSFIRE”, the Magazine of the American Civil War Round Table (UK). The CROSSFIRE issues contain numerous articles of interest, and I urge you to visit these wonderful sources.

The Seminar option is just received from Shenandoah University. Jonathan Noyalas, the Director of Shenandoah’s McCormick Civil War Institute is hosting an Online Seminar Series of Civil War Topics in the Shenandoah Valley. The Seminar consists of four evening sessions commencing on June 15. Please refer to our website, www.wcwrt.org/mccormick.html for the full details related to the program topics and instructions for registering. 

In addition to the events which are highlighted above, please continue to check our website for additional activities that may be of interest. We will continue to update upcoming activities during the forthcoming summer recess.

And finally, stay safe, stay well, enjoy the summer season, and we’ll look forward to welcoming all in September.

With kindest regards, I remain your obedient servant,
Bill Miller

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American Civil War Museum on-line programs details

Civil War Round Table Congress June - August on-line lecture series  details

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Visit the Williamsburg Battlefield Association (view newsletter)

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