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.


April 23, 2024 at 6:30 PM

 Rob Orrison
“Twice Baptized: Misconceptions & Unique Stories
From the Manassas Bettlefields"

Join us on Tuesday, April 23rd for the meeting of the Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable, commencing at 6:30 PM in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre. 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 April 23, 2024, Rob Orrison will present “Twice Baptized: Misconceptions & Unique Stories From the Manassas Battlefields”. The plains of Manassas saw two major battles of the American Civil War. As soon as the smoke cleared, many misconceptions and myths began to take form about both battles. Hollywood only added to these myths. Rob's talk will highlight some unique points of view on both battles and address some of the misconceptions of the battles (DON’T bring your picnic baskets!)

Rob received his Bachelor’s Degree in Historic Preservation at Longwood College and received his Master’s Degree in Public History from George Mason University. Currently Rob serves as the Division Manager for the Prince William County Office of Historic Preservation. Outside of work Rob serves on the Board of Directors of Virginia Civil War Trails; Virginia Association of Museums and the Frontier Culture Museum. His published works include: A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign; The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign 1863; In A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775; To Hazard All: Guide to the 1862 Maryland Campaign and most recently All That Can be Expected: The Battle of Camden, August 16, 1780. He currently lives in Dumfries, Virginia with his wife Jamie and sons Carter and Grayson.

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