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.


September 26, 2023 at 6:30 PM

 Hampton Newsome:
“Gettysburg’s Second Front: Union Opportunity and Failure at Richmond"

Please join us on September 26th 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 September 26, 2023,Hampton Newsome's presentation covers the little-known Federal offensive against Richmond during the Gettysburg Campaign – the subject of Mr. Newsome’s book Gettysburg’s Southern Front. Sometimes referred to as the Blackberry Raid, the operation was led by John Dix and provided a significant opportunity by U.S. forces to threaten the Confederate capital and damage Lee’s operation in Pennsylvania.

Hampton Newsome is author of several books on the Civil War including Richmond Must Fall: The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign, October 1864, published by Kent State University Press in 2012 and recognized as a best book of the year by the Civil War Monitor magazine; and The Fight for the Old North State: The Civil War in North Carolina, January-May 1864, which was published in 2019 by the University Press of Kansas and received the Emerging Civil War Book Award and the Richard Barksdale Harwell Award from the Atlanta Civil War Roundtable.  His most recent title is Gettysburg’s Southern Front: Opportunity and Failure at Richmond. Also published by University Press of Kansas, this new title has received the Edwin C. Bearss Book Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the Chicago Civil War Roundtable as well as the Emerging Civil War 2023 Book of the Year.

Michael Block, a member of the WCWRT interviewed about his new book. read

American Battlefield Trust presents "Head-Tilting History: Bushnell’s Turtle, A Revolutionary Submarine" view

American Civil War Museum upcoming events view

NAU Center programs view

Butch Barringer, a member of WCWRT, publishes new biography on Colonel Thomas Taylor Mumford, "Unhonored Service"

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

Visit the Williamsburg Battlefield Association (view newsletter)

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