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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Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre

Volume LI Number 9                May 25, 2021

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 7 PM
Matt Atkinson
"The Battle of Gettysburg - A Simple Overview"

The meeting will be via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to all email recipients no later than May 23rd.

Join us for the next meeting of the Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Matt Atkinson will present "The Battle of Gettysburg – A Simple Overview”. The name Gettysburg is synonymous with American History.  Three days of battle that brought the country from the brink of destruction to a “new birth of freedom” at a cost of 51,000 casualties.
Today, despite Gettysburg being one of the most studied battles in the world, many Americans do not even have a simple understanding of the battle.  If you are one of those people, this program is for you.

Join Matt Atkinson for a 50 minute overview packed with information and stories about Gettysburg.
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 a 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, 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 at the Gettysburg National Military Park and enjoys listening to sad country songs.

Last Month

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Chris Kolakowski presented "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.

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

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021- Chris Makowski: “The Battle of Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle”
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2021 - Dennis Frye - “Stonewall’s Greatest Victory”
  • Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - Dr. Charles Ross - “Breaking the Blockade: The Bahamas during the Civil War”
  • Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - John Fox III - “The Confederate Alamo – Fort Gregg”
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022 -Kevin Pawlak - “In the Wake of Antietam – The Loudon Valley Campaign of 1862”
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - Dr. Jonathan White: “A House Built By Slaves: African American Visitors To The Lincoln White House”
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 (To Be Determined)
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022 -  Dr. Curt Fields & Thomas Jessee, portraying General Ulysses S. Grant & General Robert E. Lee, respectively: “Appomattox – The Last Forty-Eight Hours”
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - Dr. Jerry Wooten - "Johnsonville"

Special Events

  • June 12, 2021 - free tour of the" Opening Assaults on Petersburg in June 1864" from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm @ Petersburg National Battlefield! detals

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