Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable

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Volume XLIII Number 6                 February 26, 2019

Dr. Jonathon White
“Abraham Lincoln - Early Life”

Join us for the next meeting of the Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable at the Williamsburg Public Library Theatre at 7 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2019
On Tuesday February 26, Dr, Jonathon White will present “Abraham Lincoln – Early Life”. 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

Last Month

On Tuesday January 22, 2019, Matt Atkinson will present “Vicksburg – A Campaign for the ages.”

The Campaign for Vicksburg is one of the most well recognized but understudied events during the Civil War.  The campaign to capture the Hill City encompassed over a year in time. Matt's presentation titled “Vicksburg: A Campaign for the Ages” will focus on the final campaign of 1863.  Grant's subsequent offensive featured five battles in three weeks, and a forty-seven-day siege.  The result is the capture of an entire Confederate army, the opening of the Mississippi River to Union control, and the cementing of Ulysses S. Grant's career.  This is a lot of information for an hour program so grab a chair and strap on your seat belts!  Matt promises a whirlwind program.

Matt Atkinson hails from Houston, Mississippi.  (Grierson’s Raid came through his town.)  He attended Ole Miss and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in History.  In 2016, Matt earned a Master of Arts in History at the University of Louisiana – Monroe.  His thesis is on the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou or, as he would like to call it – “Dead Yankees in a Swamp.”  Matt grew up in Mississippi loving the Civil War.  His parents took him to local battlefields such as Vicksburg and Shiloh.   Matt always asked, Dad, did we win here?” and Dad always responded, “No, not here.”  At age seven, Matt and his parents made a trip to Washington, D. C.  On the way, they stopped at the Manassas Battlefield.  Finally!  A victory!  Alas, his mother was sick though and the family had to move on.  It would take another 20 years for Matt to return and he still has yet to forgive his mother.

Matt currently resides in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his twin girls, Emma and Aubrey, and his son Benjamin Lee.  He is employed by Gettysburg National Military Park and enjoys listening to sad country songs.


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

  • March 26, 2019 - Ryan Quint: “Determined to Stand and Fight – The Battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864”
  • 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 9, 2019 - Twentieth Annual Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Longwood University Free Civil War Seminar details
  • February 17, 2019 - "Fredrick Douglas Live" lecture at York Hall details
  • 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
  • February 28, 2019 - May 4, 2019 - American Civil War Museum announces its grand opening schedule. details
  • June 14 - 19, 2019 - Civil War Institute summer conference at Gettysburg College details schedule

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