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 6:30 PM. Membership is open to the  general public.


Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Eric Wittenberg
"Six Days of Awful Fighting: Calvary on the Roads to Cold Harbor"

Please join us on Tuesday, September 27 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.
Please welcome Eric Wittenberg as he returns to Williamsburg to present "Six Days of Awful Fighting: Cavalry on the Roads to Cold Harbor"
The period from May 27 - June 1, 1864, saw some of the hardest and most protracted cavalry fighting in the Eastern Theater of the Civil War. This period was particularly important because it marked Wade Hampton’s debut as the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia’s Cavalry Corps. It also marked the first time that Brig. Gen. Matthew C. Butler’s hard fighting brigade of South Carolina mounted infantrymen made their presence felt on the battlefield. The Union cavalry captured and held the Old Cold Harbor intersection long enough to permit Union infantry to arrive.
Eric J. Wittenberg is an award-winning author, tour guide, and battlefield preservationist. A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, he was educated at Dickinson College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is the author of 22 published books and dozens of articles, with a focus on Union cavalry actions and on the Gettysburg Campaign. He serves on the board of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust and is the board chairman of the Little Big Horn Associates, an organization devoted to the study of the life and times of George Armstrong Custer. Wittenberg also serves as the program coordinator for the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours. He is an attorney in private practice. Eric and his wife Susan reside in Columbus, Ohio. 
Eric will have books available for sale both before and after his presentation.


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