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.


May 28, 2024 at 6:30 PM

 Patrick Schroeder
“Forgotten Friday: April 7,1865 Actions in Cumberland County, VA"

Join us on Tuesday, May 28th 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 May 28, 2024, Patrick Schroeder will present “Forgotten Friday: The April 7, 1865 Actions in Cumberland County, VA”.

Largely overlooked owing to the events at Sailor’s Creek on April 6 and at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, multiple engagements and events occurred in Cumberland County largely overlooked by historians and the public. There are four separate battles resulting in the death, and wounding and capture of three generals and the final engagement on the fringe of forcing Lee’s surrender in Cumberland County. The Gen. Barlow vs. Gen. Gordon fight along the South Side Rail Road, the repulse of Gen. Crook’s cavalry near the Coal Pits, and the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. battles near Cumberland Church, are all fascinating and horrific in their own right, resulting in hundreds of casualties. Also, the first correspondence delivered between Grant and Lee occurred in Cumberland County.

Patrick A. Schroeder was born January 1, 1968, at Fort Belvoir, VA, was raised in Utica, NY, and attended Stuarts Draft High School in Augusta County, VA. In the spring of 1990, he graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Historical Park Administration from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV. He has a M.A. in Civil War History from Virginia Tech. From the summer of 1986-1993, Patrick worked as a seasonal living history interpreter at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. In 1993, he wrote Thirty Myths About Lee’s Surrender, which is currently in its fifteenth printing.  From 1994–1999, he was employed at Red Hill, the Patrick Henry National Memorial. Patrick has written, edited and/or contributed to more than twenty-five Civil War titles including: More Myths About Lee’s Surrender; The Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox; Recollections and Reminiscences of Old Appomattox; Images of America: Appomattox County; A Duryee Zouave; We Came To Fight: A History of the 5th NY Veteran Vol. Inf., Duryee’s Zouaves. Patrick resides in Lynchburg, VA, and has worked as an independent researcher, author, historian, and tour guide. He has served as the Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park since 2002. Schroeder also serves as the Historian for the Appomattox-Petersburg Preservation Society.

Last Month
On April 23, 2024, Rob Orrison presented “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.

The Williamsburg Battlefield Association is currently conducting a membership drive to promote the initiatives of the organization to preserve and interpret the history of the May 5,1862 Battle of Williamsburg. We have invited the WBA to set up a table in the Lobby of the Library Theater to accept membership applications and dues at our May 28th meeting. A one-year membership is only $10 for individuals and $20 for families. We encourage our Roundtable members and guests to join the WBA. Your annual dues will enable the WBA to establish more activities to interpret the unique stories associated with the Battle on the properties that have been preserved by the American Battlefield Trust.

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