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Volume XLII Number 3                 November 28, 2017

Eric Buckland

"John S. Mosby - The Perfect Man
In The Perfect Place

Join us for the next meeting of the Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable at the Williamsburg Public Library Theatre at 7 PM on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

On November 28, 2017, Eric Buckland will present “John S. Mosby – The Perfect Man in the Perfect Place”.

Colonel John Singleton Mosby, Commanding Officer of the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry (Mosby’s Rangers) - remains a sterling example of the quintessential unconventional warfare warrior and leader. The tactics, techniques and procedures he used during the War Between the States from January 1863 to April 1865 are still studied today by United States Army Special Forces and Rangers and by the United States Marine Corps. Mosby’s personal courage, intelligence, innovativeness, audacity and innate understanding of how to plan, conduct and command irregular operations made him a very painful and persistent thorn in the side of Union forces arrayed against him and a celebrated hero in the South.

However, even strong personal attributes and exceptional ability need to be coupled with good fortune and circumstances in order to achieve the type of sustained success enjoyed by Mosby and his Rangers. “John S. Mosby: The Perfect Man in the Perfect Place” will offer superb insight into how John Mosby was able to utilize and adapt his strengths and abilities to successfully fulfill his mission requirements, confront the enemy threat, use the operational area’s terrain to his benefit, recruit men to his unit and garner the support and loyalty of the local population.

Eric Buckland’s interest in Mosby's Rangers began when he was a young boy and increased during his 22-year military career.  Most of that time - he retired from the Army as a LTC - was spent in Special Forces. Eric had multiple deployments to Panama, Honduras and El Salvador in the 1980’s and believes that his military experience provides a unique understanding of Mosby’s Rangers.

Eric’s first book, Mosby's Keydet Rangers, was written as a tribute to both the Mosby Rangers who attended the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and his youngest son, who was then a “Rat” (Freshman) at VMI. On June 6th, 2011, it was his distinct honor and privilege to have been presented the prestigious United Daughters of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for writing Mosby’s Keydet Rangers.

While working on Mosby’s Keydet Rangers, Eric constantly found bits and pieces of information about other Rangers (not affiliated with VMI) and all of those became the genesis for his next books – the Mosby Men series. On October 3, 2013, Eric received a second award of the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for the first three books in the Mosby Men series. 

Last Month
On October 24, 2017, Dennis Frye presented “Did McClellan out-think Lee during the first Confederate invasion?”
We often laugh when we think of George McClellan. We enjoy making McClellan the Union's whipping boy. McClellan, himself, brings little sympathy to his cause. Full of bravado, often arrogant, and sometimes insubordinate, McClellan is the general we like to dislike. We chuckle when he claimed, following the first invasion of the North, that it was the second time he had saved the North. Yet when Robert E. Lee was asked after the war who was the best Union general he faced, he responded with George McClellan.
Dennis E. Frye is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Writer, lecturer, guide, and preservationist, Dennis is a prominent Civil War historian. Dennis has numerous appearances on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, C-SPAN, Fox News, A&E, and Voice of America as a guest historian. He helped produce Emmy award-winning television features on the Battle of Antietam, abolitionist John Brown, and Maryland during the Civil War. Dennis is one of the nation’s leading Civil War battlefield preservationists.  He is co-founder and first president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and he is co-founder and a former president of today’s Civil War Trust, from whom he received the Trust’s highest honor - the Shelby Foote Award.


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2017-2018 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 Tom Lamb and Terri Teopke.

Upcoming Meetings and Speakers

  • December 19, 2017 - Brian Steele Wills - Gone with the glory (The Civil War in Cinema)
  • January 23, 2018 – Carson Hudson – "Custer's First Stand"
  • February 27, 2018 – Ralph Peters - "Civil War Leadership and its challenges
  • March 27, 2018 - Peggy Vogstberger – “Patrick Cleburne”
  • April 24, 2018 - Eric Wittenberg - John Buford
  • May 22, 2018 - Dr. James I. Robertson - TBD

Special Events

  • September and December 2017 - Prince William County 2017 History Bus Tours details
  • September, 2017 – May, 2018 - The Return of History Happy Hours at the American Civil War Museum. For details and other museum events click here.

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