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.

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Volume LI Number 8                April 27, 2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7 PM
Christopher L. Kolakowski
"Perspectives of the 1862 Virginia Campaign"

The meeting will be via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to all email recipients no later than April 25th.

Join us for the next meeting of the Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Chris Kolakowski will present "Perspectives of the 1862 Virginia Campaigns“. The spring and summer of 1862 in Virginia witnessed campaigns and bloodshed unlike any before in North American history. Those campaigns - Valley, Peninsula/Seven Days, and Second Manassas - are some of the most famous of the conflict. The results of the fighting also marked a transition point in the Civil War. This talk will examine lesser-appreciated aspects of those campaigns and their contexts.

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 a reviewer and contributor to the Air Force Journal of Indo-Pacific Studies. His study of the 1941-42 Philippine Campaign titled Last Stand on Bataan was released in late February 2016. He is currently working on a book about the 1944 India-Burma battles .

On January 6, 2020, Chris became Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, after serving as MacArthur Memorial Director from September 16, 2013, to December 6, 2019.

Last Month

On Tuesday, March 16th, Michael E. Block will present “A Rusty Sword, Five Friends, and ‘as perfect a beauty ever born on the soil of the Old Dominion.” Incidents and anecdotes from the Battle of Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862.

The Battle of Cedar Mountain is considered by some as the opening fight in the Second Manassas Campaign, others a one-off fight. Mike will give an overview of the Cedar Mountain Campaign and the battle itself. But his focus will be on the experiences soldiers who participated in the battle. Their stories are typically lost in the recounting of the fight, so tonight’s presentation features their tales.
Michael E. Block is a recently retired government consultant, having served 20 years in the U. S. Air Force and 19 with the firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He was recently the Vice-President of the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield, but still volunteers for the organizations.  He has been published in Blue and Gray Magazine, Hallowed Ground and will have his first book published, “The Carnage Was Fearful: The Battle of Cedar Mountain”, in 2021. His specialty is the Civil War in the Virginia Piedmont, with an emphasis on Cedar Mountain and the Winter Encampment of 1863-64. He resides in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife of 39 years, Caryn. They have two married sons and three granddaughters.

Dues for September 2020 - May 2021 are waive until in-person meetings resume.

2019-2020 Officers of WCWRT:
President: Bill Miller               Vice-President: Lee Underwood
Secretary: Gene Danko         Treasurer: 

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

  • May 25, 2021 - Matt Atkinson - TBA

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