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 13th of October. 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
Program Year, 2014-2015
The Beginning of the End
Next Meeting: October 22, 2014
“Siege of Petersburg"
Guest Speaker: Grant Gates, NPS Historian, Petersburg NB
Since crossing the Rapidan River on May 4,1864, Lt Gen Grant’s Army of the Potomac has been engaged in constant, bitter fighting with Gen Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Despite the fires of the Wilderness and the earthen work entrenchments of Spotsylvania, North Anna, and Cold Harbor, Grant persists and still Lee reacts with imagination. But on June 11th, after his defeat at Cold Harbor, Grant moves the Army of the Potomac out at night, and steals a march on Lee. Grant feigns towards Richmond but instead crosses the James River over a 2100’ pontoon bridge (then described as a modern miracle of engineering) —his objective—Petersburg. With its five railroads, it was the key transportation hub to Richmond. Only 2200 Confederates under Gen PGT Beauregard lightly but valiantly defends Petersburg. But consequential mistakes in Union staff orders, faulty maps, and lack of initiative, all create subsequent delays. Soon nightfall forestalls what could have been a major shortening of the war. Instead, Lee has time to reinforce and so starts what has become characterized as the Siege of Petersburg. It is in fact, not a classic siege as was Vicksburg. As we will discover, it is more of a campaign that encompassed 292 days of combat, maneuver and trench warfare between June 15, 1864 and April 2, 1865. Lee is never trapped at Petersburg. In fact, he launches a massive, although unsuccessful, attack against Fort Stedman east of Petersburg (acknowledged by most historians as the start of the Appomattox Campaign). Grant maneuvers as well, mustering eight distinct offensive operations, sometimes striking simultaneously, north and south of the James River.
Our distinguished guest speaker Grant Gates, Historian NPS, from the Petersburg National Battlefield will pick up where Ed Bearss left us off, “with Grant having faked Lee out of his jock strap” and guide us through the longest battle in civil war history. Grant, a resident of Fredericksburg and graduate of George Mason College, commutes to Petersburg National Park where he has worked for the past 17 years.