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 Tuesday April 23, 2019, Edward Alexander will present “Breaking Through to the Other Side – Petersburg, April 2, 1865”. ‘The breaking of Robert E. Lee's army at Petersburg was achieved through a bayonet charge by the Union VI Corps on the morning of April 2, 1865. Failed assaults at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, and Franklin seemed to prove the futility of frontal attacks, but this particular Union corps demonstrated a recurring ability to punch through fortified positions during the Civil War. This presentation discusses the criteria necessary for their string of successful attacks, the context of the final offensive at Petersburg, and the dramatic story of the very first Union soldiers to reach the top of the Confederate fortifications on the last day of the Petersburg campaign. This decisive day of the American Civil War is brought to life using modern and historic images of the battlefield landscape, compelling primary source material from its participants, and animated topographic maps of the campaign.
Edward Alexander is author of Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg. He has previously worked as a park ranger and historian at Pamplin Historical Park and Richmond National Battlefield Park. He is currently in civil engineering & construction but continues his public history work as a freelance mapmaker and a contributing member of the Emerging Civil War organization. Edward is a graduate of the University of Illinois and currently resides in Chesterfield County, Virginia.


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

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