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

On October 23, 2018, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant - Dr. E. C. (Curt) Fields  will present “The Battle of Shiloh”. It has long and loudly been asserted that Grant (and Sherman) was surprised by the Confederate attack at Pittsburg Landing.  He has been severely criticized about not having built breastworks or dug trenches.  He was held responsible by the Northern press for the appalling loss of life at Pittsburg landing (23,746 killed/wounded), and his dismissal was demanded even unto the President in the Executive Mansion; the President being urged to sack Grant and save himself politically.
Was Grant surprised?  Was it a failure of Leadership not to build or dig breastworks/trenches?  Was he responsible for the staggering loss of life?
Grant stated:  "The battle of Shiloh, or Pittsburg Landing, has been perhaps less understood, or, to state the case more accurately, more persistently misunderstood, than any other engagement between National and Confederate troops during the entire rebellion. Shiloh was the severest battle fought at the West during the war, and but few in the East equaled it for hard, determined fighting.”  (excerpt from "The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant")

Come to the Williamsburg CWRT and hear General Grant himself address these issues (accusations?) to learn for yourself about Shiloh.  
 Curt Fields as General Grant

Dr. E. C. (Curt) Fields, Jr., has been an avid and lifelong student of the American Civil War.  His interest in portraying General Ulysses S. Grant was driven by that study and his deep respect and admiration for General Grant.

Dr. Fields is the same height and body style as General Grant and, therefore, presents a convincing, true-to-life image of the man as he really looked.  He researches and reads extensively about General Grant in order to deliver an accurate persona of the General.   His presentations are in first person, quoting from General Grant’s Memoirs; articles and letters the General wrote, statements he made in interviews or wrote himself, and first-person accounts of people who knew the General or were with him and witnessed him during events.



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