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.

Past Speakers

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January 2024 - Bruce Littell presented “The Hunley Project.”  This presentation provides an overview of the history, significance and the recovery and preservation of the world’s first successful combat submarine from the spring of 1861 to the present day. Bruce is a U.S. Navy submarine force veteran and supported the U.S and U.K. Strategic Weapons System as a contractor, retiring as the Configuration Manager for the U.S. Navy Trident SWS.  Since his retirement from civil service during March 2019, Bruce serves as a Docent at the Lasch Center.

February 2024
- Scott Mingus presented “Confederate Calamity: JEB Stuart’s Cavalry Ride Through York County PA”. Many people erroneously believe that Jeb Stuart was on a glory ride around the Army of the Potomac while the battle of Gettysburg raged, deliberately depriving Robert E. Lee of "the eyes and ears of the army." Author Scott Mingus, making extensive use of post-war civilian border claims and old maps, discusses Stuart's route north, the obstacles that caused him to miss his planned connection with Lee's army near the Susquehanna River, and the wearisome, exhausting ride up and down the hills of York County, PA. on June 30 to July 2, 1863, concurrent with the first two days of the battle of Gettysburg. Multiple award-winning author Scott Mingus is a retired scientist and executive in the global specialty paper industry. The Ohio native graduated from Miami University.

March 2024 -, Jeff Toalson presented and discussed his newest book “Ma, We Got Nuthin Here But Mud and Muskeeters Mud and Muskeeters uses first person stories from 65 Confederate and Union participants in events on the peninsula from June of 1861 to June of 1862. This is the war in our own backyard. These stories are taken from the diaries, letters and journals of farmers, nurses, sailors, soldiers, river-boatmen, signalmen, surgeons, naval constructors and cavalrymen.   Jeff is a Resident of Williamsburg and author of 5 books on the great American conflict. Jeff has spoken with the WCWRT several times in the past telling 'first person stories' from the war. His best selling titles are No Soap, No Pay, Diarrhea, Dysentery and Desertion and his collection of the 300+ letters of Richard and Mary Watkins in Send Me a Pair of Old Boots & Kiss My Little Girls

April 2024 -  Rob Orrison presented “Twice Baptized: Misconceptions & Unique Stories From the Manassas Battlefields”. The plains of Manassas saw two major battles of the American Civil War. As soon as the smoke cleared, many misconceptions and myths began to take form about both battles. Hollywood only added to these myths. Rob's talk will highlight some unique points of view on both battles and address some of the misconceptions of the battles (DON’T bring your picnic baskets!)

Rob received his Bachelor’s Degree in Historic Preservation at Longwood College and received his Master’s Degree in Public History from George Mason University. Currently Rob serves as the Division Manager for the Prince William County Office of Historic Preservation.

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