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. We 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 February 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.
February 26, 2014
Our Guest Speaker is:
We’ve had a fair amount of material presented in recent years on President Lincoln, the Army of the Potomac and the Union perspective. Dr. Coski will provide some balance by giving us the Confederate outlook 150 years ago as 1864 began. Here’s his preview:
"’Animated by Cheerful Confidence’: Confederate Morale and Expectations in Early 1864"
The popular notion that Gettysburg was "the high tide of the Confederacy" implies that Confederate defeat was inevitable after the summer of 1863 and that continued resistance was useless – or worse. As Gary Gallagher and other historians have emphasized, the concept of a "high tide" is the product of 20/20 hindsight. Southerners in 1863 could not know that defeat was less than two years away and further resistance futile.
What then was the mood among Southern soldiers, civilians, and political leaders in the winter of 1863-1864 as the Confederacy anticipated the fourth year of war? This program will probe for answers to this question, relying primarily on letters, diaries, speeches, and other primary sources.
John M. Coski is Historian and Vice-President for Research and Publications at The Museum of the Confederacy, where he has worked in various capacities since 1988. He earned his B.A. from Mary Washington College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the College of William and Mary. He is the author of several books, most notably
The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem, published in 2005 by Harvard University Press, and Capital Navy: The Men, Ships, and Operations of the James River Squadron (published in 1996), and more than 125 essays, articles, and reviews. He has recently begun research toward what he hopes to be a book-length history of Belle Isle.