Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable

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Volume XLIV Number 7                 March 26, 2019

Ryan Quint
“Determined to Stand and Fight - The
Battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864”

Join us for the next meeting of the Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable at the Williamsburg Public Library Theatre at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 26, 2019
On Tuesday March 26, Ryan Quint will present “Determined to Stand and Fight – The Battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864”.
In early July 1864, a quickly patched together force of outnumbered Union soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace prepared for a last-ditch defense along the banks of the Monocacy River. Behind them, barely fifty miles away, lay the capital of the United States, open to attack. Facing Wallace’s men were Lt. Gen. Jubal Early’s Confederates. In just under a month, they had cleared the Shenandoah Valley of Union soldiers and crossed the Potomac River, invading the north for the third time in the war. The veterans in Early’s force could almost imagine their flags flying above the White House. A Confederate victory near Washington could be all the pro-peace platforms in the north needed to defeat Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming election.
What followed, the Battle of Monocacy, came to be known as “The Battle that Saved Washington.” Ryan Quint will tell the story of the fight through the words of those who lived it, using contemporary accounts and photographs to reveal the determined fighting that took place through the hot hours of July 9, 1864.
Ryan Quint graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in history. He worked as a seasonal park guide at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park before moving to work at as an interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. His first book Determined to Stand and Fight: The Battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864, was published in 2017 by Savas Beatie as part of their award-winning Emerging Civil War Series. He is currently at work on a second book about the Battle of Dranesville.
Last Month

Dr, Jonathon White presented “The Amazing, Awe-Inspiring (and Possibly Salacious) Life of Abraham Lincoln”. His talk will explore Abraham Lincoln's early life, from his birth in a log cabin in Kentucky through his young adulthood.  It will examine various aspects of his experiences as a child and young adult, including his education, work, travel, family, and romance.  By exploring who Lincoln was as a young man, we can better understand how he became a president who led the Union through the Civil War.
Jonathan W. White is associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University, where he has taught since 2009.  He is the author or editor of eight books, including Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (2011), and Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (2014), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and Jefferson Davis Prize, a “best book” in Civil War Monitor, and the winner of the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s 2015 book prize.  He has published more than one hundred articles, essays and reviews, and is the winner of the 2005 John T. Hubbell Prize for the best article in Civil War History, the 2010 Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize, and the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Prize for his Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History (2010). He serves as vice chair of the Lincoln Forum, president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and on the boards of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. He also serves on the Ford’s Theatre Advisory Council and the editorial board of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. In 2017, C-SPAN invited him to participate in its survey of presidential leadership.  His most recent books include Lincoln on Law, Leadership and Life (2015); Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (2017), which was selected as a “best book” by Civil War Monitor; and “Our Little Monitor”: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War (2018), which he co-authored with Anna Gibson Holloway.  In 2019 he will publish College Life During the Civil War (Kent State University Press) with his student, Daniel Glenn.  He is presently writing a biography of a convicted slave trader named Appleton Oaksmith.  Check out his website at http://www.jonathanwhite.org/ or follow him on Twitter at @CivilWarJon

Dues for September 2018 - May 2019 are due. Dues are $30 for an individual and $35 for a family. Please make checks payable to WCWRT. Registration form

2018-2019 Officers of WCWRT:
President: Bill Miller               Vice-President: Lee Underwood
Secretary: Gene Danko         Treasurer:  George Callis

The Executive Committee consists of the elected officers, the immediate past president and other members appointed by the incoming president. Those members include Debbie Bedosti,.Tom Lamb, and Terri Teopke.

Upcoming Meetings and Speakers

  • April 23, 2019 - Edward Alexander: “Breaking Through to the Other Side – Petersburg, April 2, 1865”
  • May 28, 2019 - Bert Dunkerly: “To the Bitter End: The Surrenders of the Confederacy”

Special Events

  • February 11 - May 24, 2019 - American Civil War Museum calendar of events details
  • February 15 - April 18, 2019 - UVA Nau Center for Civil War History events calendar details
  • March 2019 - John NAU Center March events details
  • March 23, 2019 - Bermuda Hundred Campaign at PBF details
  • March-April, 2019 - Mosby Association Bus Tours details
  • April 8, 2019 - April 14, 2019 - 154th Anniversary of the Surrender at Appomattox details
  • June 14 - 19, 2019 - Civil War Institute summer conference at Gettysburg College details schedule

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