Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable

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Volume XLI Number 9                  May 23, 2017

Chris Kolakowski

“'The Battle Of Missionary Ridge "

Join us for the next meeting of the Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable at the Williamsburg Public Library Theatre at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

"The Battle of Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863, was the climax of the various Battles for Chattanooga. A great Union strategic victory, it set the stage for the 1864 thrust to Atlanta. It also was the foundation of the MacArthur military dynasty, because of the heroism of 18-year-old Arthur MacArthur of the 24th Wisconsin.
The presentation will explore the battle, its context, and its legacy."
Christopher L. Kolakowski was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Va. He received his BA in History and Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College, and his MA in Public History from the State University of New York at Albany
Chris has spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, Kentucky State Parks, and the U.S. Army. He has written and spoken on various aspects of military history from 1775 to the present. He has published two books with the History Press: The Civil War at Perryville: Battling For the Bluegrass and The Stones River and Tullahoma Campaign: This Army Does Not Retreat. In September 2016, the U.S. Army published his volume on the 1862 Virginia Campaigns as part of its sesquicentennial series on the Civil War. He is a contributor to the Emerging Civil War Blog, and his study of the 1941-42 Philippine Campaign titled Last Stand on Bataan is was released by McFarland in late February 2016.
Chris came to Norfolk having served as Director of the General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership in Fort Knox, KY from 2009 to 2013. He became the MacArthur Memorial Director on September 16, 2013.
Last Month
Ernie Price presented “Marching Out Of Formation: Confederates Going Home After Appomattox”. After surrendering their arms on April 12, the soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia began their individual journeys home with their paroles and little more than the remembrance of General Lee’s poignant farewell address. Ernie Price will tell the rest of the story about the journey of the soldiers as they left Appomattox.
Ernie Price is the Chief of Visitor Services and Education at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. After earning an undergraduate degree in history at Longwood College and a Masters of education at Lynchburg College, Ernie joined the National Park service in 1997. He has been at the Appomattox location since 2008.

Dues for 2016-2017 are due. Dues for the year are $30 for an individual and $35 for a family. Please make checks payable to WCWRT. Registration form

2016-2017 Officers of WCWRT:
President: Teri Teopke               Vice-President: Gene Danko
Secretary:                                 Treasurer:  John Hale

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, Bill Miller, and J. Michael Moore.

Upcoming Meetings and Speakers

  • September 26, 2017 – Patrick Falci a/k/a General A.P. Hill – Up Came Hill (A.P. Hill at Sharpsburg)
  • October 24, 2017 - Dennis Frye - Did McClellan out-think Lee during the first Confederate invasion?
  • November 29, 2017 – Eric Buckland – “John S. Mosby – The Perfect Man in the Perfect Place”
  • December 19, 2017 - Brian Steele Wills - Gone with the glory (The Civil War in Cinema)
  • January 23, 2018 – Carson Hudson – TBA
  • February 27, 2018 – Peggy Vogstberger – “Patrick Cleburne”
  • April 24, 2018 - Eric Wittenberg - John Buford

Special Events

  • May 24, 2017 - Presentation and book signing of "MacArthur's Spies" details
  • July, September, and December 2017 - Prince William County 2017 History Bus Tours details
  • June 3, Aug. 5 and Oct. 7, 2017 - Battle of Smithfield tour at Isle of Wight Museum details

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