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.


February 27, 2024 at 6:30 PM

 Scott Mingus
“Confederate Calamity: JEB Stuart’s Cavalry Ride Through York County PA"

Join us on Tuesday, February 27th, 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 February 27th, Scott Mingus will present “Confederate Calamity: JEB Stuart’s Cavalry Ride Through York County PA”.

Many people erroneously believe that Jeb Stuart was on a glory ride around the Army of the Potomac while the battle of Gettysburg raged, deliberately depriving Robert E. Lee of "the eyes and ears of the army." Author Scott Mingus, making extensive use of post-war civilian border claims and old maps, discusses Stuart's route north, the obstacles that caused him to miss his planned connection with Lee's army near the Susquehanna River, and the wearisome, exhausting ride up and down the hills of York County, PA. on June 30 to July 2, 1863, concurrent with the first two days of the battle of Gettysburg.

Multiple award-winning author Scott Mingus is a retired scientist and executive in the global specialty paper industry. The Ohio native graduated from Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps, and he was a pioneer in the early development of bar code labels. He has written more than 30 Civil War and Underground Railroad books and numerous articles for Gettysburg Magazine and other historical journals. He has appeared on C-SPAN, C-SPAN3, PBS, PCN, and several other TV networks. Mingus writes a blog on the Civil War history of York County, PA, where he and his wife Debi live. He also has written six scenario books for miniature wargaming. He received lifetime achievement awards from the York County History Center and the Camp Curtin Historical Society for his many contributions to local Civil War history. The Gettysburg Civil War Round Table recently presented Mingus and co-author Eric Wittenberg with the 2023 Bachelder-Coddington Award for the best new book on the Gettysburg Campaign, If We Are Striking for Pennsylvania.

Last Month
On January 23, Bruce Littell presented “The Hunley Project.”  This presentation provides an overview of the history, significance and the recovery and preservation of the world’s first successful combat submarine from the spring of 1861 to the present day.  The principal locations include New Orleans, Mississippi, Mobile, Alabama and Charleston, South Carolina.  Bruce will provide a synthesis of the “tribal lore” regarding the main characters, the likely impetus behind the creation of a submersible as an asset to combat the growing effectiveness of the “Anaconda” blockade of southern ports, the events resulting in the sinking of the USS Husatonic the evening of 17 February 1864, the discovery of the H.L. Hunley during the spring of 1995, her recovery on 8 August 2000; concluding with an overview of what has been derived from the research, preservation, and conservation efforts since her arrival at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center on 8 August 2000 to the present day.
Bruce is a U.S. Navy submarine force veteran and supported the U.S and U.K. Strategic Weapons System as a contractor, retiring as the Configuration Manager for the U.S. Navy Trident SWS.  Since his retirement from civil service during March 2019, Bruce serves as a Docent at the Lasch Center providing our guests with education and interpretation on all aspects of the history, preservation and conservation of a unique artifact of our nation’s history with the objective to help our guests appreciate the importance of history, in general and the submarine H.L. Hunley in particular.

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