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 17th of November. 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.
Civil War Books & DVD Donations
We have,over the past, raffled off CW books and DVDs etc. as a source of income for the Round Table. If you have anything that you can donate, please bring the item(s) to our next meeting and help us out
See: Picture of the Proposed Name-Tag Lanyard in the President's Corner
M/G Gouverneur K. Warren – Meade’s Troublesome Lieutenant
Welcome back from the holidays, hoping yours were as joyous and family-filled as mine. To start off the New Year let me pique your interest with a question. How does a young mathematics instructor from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point subsequently become the “Hero of Little Round Top”, a brevet Major General and Corps Commander only to find himself later relieved of field command and not be exonerated until 14 years after his death? To tell the tale is our friend and frequent guest speaker, John J. Hennessy, Chief Historian and Chief of Interpretation, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP. He will point out that the Army of the Potomac was filled with characters both memorable and forgettable--subordinate commanders who came and went, and a few who endured and helped give the army its identity. Gouverneur Warren was one of most memorable and enduring of all--a complex, prickly personality who, despite clashes with his peers and superiors, survived in numerous command positions. John will explore this New Yorker's wartime career as an accomplished yet troublesome lieutenant to Meade, Hooker, Burnside, Pope, and McClellan.
John Hennessey was born near Worcester, MA and attended the State University of New York at Albany where he received an undergraduate degree in history and economics. While planning on a career in banking, he took a temporary job at the Manassas National Battlefield Park and consequently stayed nearly four years. He returned to New York in 1985 where he spent three years in state government. The NPS lured him back south, and John took a position at Harpers Ferry. It was during his times in New York State government and at Harpers Ferry that he wrote his book Return to Bull Run (named a Civil War 100 classic book by Civil War magazine). In May 1995, he was appointed assistant superintendent of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP, and in 2002 he was named Chief Historian.