Founded in 1957, our Round Table is one of the oldest in the nation. We couldn't ask for a better location: four major battles of the Civil War were fought within 20 miles of Fredericksburg. Our group of about 100 members meets once each month for a catered dinner followed by the presentation of a Civil War topic by a guest speaker - frequently a nationally-known author.
We meet the fourth Wednesday of every month (except December, July and August) at the Washington Jepson Alumni Executive Center at 1119 Hanover Street in Fredericksburg.
The bar opens at 5:45pm. Social begins at 6pm. Dinner is at 6:45pm. The program starts around 7:30pm. usually conclude by 9pm.
Reservations are required. Please call (540) 361-2105 and leave a message regarding how many seats you require. Place your reservation request NLT Noon, Monday, the 15th of September. If later you find you cannot attend, please call in your cancellation.
Men are expected to wear a coat and tie, with equivalent attire for ladies.
The dinner cost is $32.00 for members, $37.00 for others, by cash or check at the door.
The men and women of this Round Table wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Edward Thornton. He was a founding member who will surely be missed with his recent passing. May he rest in peace.
Program Year, 2014-2015
“The Beginning of the End”
September 2014 Newsletter
Our 58th consecutive Program Year, 2014-2015 begins on Wednesday, September 17th, a week earlier than originally planned. For the past three years our guest speakers have followed the 150th historic sequence of the Civil War in the East with emphasis on capturing the “General’s Eye” view. Last year’s program concluded with a most interesting look at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House and how questionable operational decisions, flawed intelligence, and consequential errors were made at the general’s level on both sides.
Kicking off our new speaker series “The Beginning of the End” is an absolute living legend--a true “Rock Star” of Civil War history, the acclaimed Historian Emeritus, NPS and author, Ed Bearss. He will resume our Sesquicentennial investigation of the Overland Campaign right where we left it last June following the heavy fighting at Spotsylvania. Gen. Grant, seeking to lure the Army of Northern Virginia from its entrenchments continues his relentless battle of maneuver, sidling east, attempting to turn Gen. Lee’s right flank. He is blocked by Lee’s clever defensive inverted “V” at the North Anna, and then gambling that Lee’s army is exhausted, orders an ill-conceived assault upon the zigzagged fortifications of Cold Harbor resulting in over 7000 causalities and finally, surprising Lee by stealthily crossing the James River only to be thwarted into a siege at Petersburg.
Your new CWRT officers include Paul Scott as Vice President, Bill Huber as Treasurer, and Mike Frye as Secretary. We have a strong team that I believe will provide a memorable year. Over the summer, we concluded negotiations with Jepson Center. Despite the 3% meal price increase (guaranteed for two years), we are able to absorb this modest increase while still maintaining the high quality of meals we currently enjoy. We are moving forward on new nametags with a larger, more readable format and suitable lanyard. Once again, I renew my request for website assistance in improving its qualityat civilwarroundtablefredericksburg.com.
Please make your reservations by Noon, Monday, September 15th by calling (540) 361-2105 or emailing FredCWRT@yahoo.com. If you subsequently find that you cannot attend, please be sure to cancel your reservation. It will save our club money. I look forward to meeting you and your new member on the 17th! You don’t want to miss this one!
Pat Quinn President