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.
Subject of this month's Round Table:
General Albert Sydney Johnston, CSA
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, Virginia.
The bar opens at 5:45 pm. Social begins at 6 pm. Dinner is at 6:45 pm. The program starts around 7:30 pm and usually conclude by 9 pm.
Please make your reservations for our February 22nd meeting by Friday, February 17, 2016, by calling (540) 361-2105, emailing email@example.com or responding to this newsletter by email. Late reservations can usually be accepted, but it can present difficulties in food preparation. Our caterer prepares our meals based on our expected attendance, and we do not want to be short of food. If you, subsequently, find that you cannot attend, please be sure to cancel your reservation in a timely manner so that the club does not have to assume the cost of that meal.
Coat and tie are not required; this has merely been a tradition. The dinner cost is $32.00 by cash or check at door. Last month's program by Dwight S. Hughes entitled "A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah" related the adventures of the commerce raider. It carried the Civil War around the globe, through every extreme of sea and storm, defending the Confederacy as the crew understood it. They pursued a difficult, dangerous mission in which they succeeded spectacularly after it no longer mattered, months after the surrender at Appomattox in 1865.
February 2017 Newsletter
With our February program, we are well into our 2016-2017 Program Year, which is from September 2016 through June 2017. Our theme of "Confederate Connections" continues with Greg Mertz, our speaker for our February 22, 2017, meeting.
Greg Mertz currently serves as the Supervisory Historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He is presently writing a book for the Emerging Civil War Series on the Battle of Shiloh.
"Attack at Daylight and Whip Them" – that was the Confederate general Albert Sidney Johnston's plan on the morning of April 6, 1862. The unsuspecting Union Army of the Tennessee, commanded by Major General Ulysses S. Grant, had gathered on the banks of its namesake river at a spot called Pittsburg Landing, ready to strike deep into the heart of Tennessee Confederates. Johnston's troops were reeling from setbacks earlier in the year and had decided to reverse their fortunes by taking the fight to the Federals. Join us as Greg takes us through this epic battle.
I look forward to seeing you all at the February 22 meeting.