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 23rd of March. 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
Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign
“No Such Army Since The Days Of Julius Caesar”
Guest Speaker: Eric Wittenberg, Author, Historian
Nearly four years after the jubilant cries for secession had rang out in Savannah, Maj Gen Sherman marked the end of his “March To The Sea” with its capture in January 1865. Lt Gen Grant then ordered him to embark on ships to assist in the Siege of Richmond. Maj Gen Sherman dissuaded Grant from boarding and instead persuaded him that he should march north through the Carolinas instead, conducting a “hard war”, destroying everything of military value along the way, similar to his march through Georgia. Sherman was particularly interested in targeting South Carolina, the first state to secede from the Union, for the effect it would have on Southern morale. As he approached Columbia, the state Capital, his army had grown to over 88, 000 men divided into three wings. His opposition was the battered Army of the Tennessee under Gen Joseph E. Johnston (previously relieved of duty during the Atlanta Campaign) comprising of 15,000 scattered men. During February and March, six battles were fought as Sherman pursued Johnston toward Raleigh. His troops marched 425 miles in 50 days and by mid April, Johnston told President Jefferson Davis “Our people are tired of war, feel themselves whipped and will not fight…My small force is melting away like snow before the sun”. Three days after the death of President Lincoln on April 15th, Johnston signed an armistice with Sherman and subsequently surrendered all forces in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida.
Our speaker for March is an old friend, Eric J. Wittenberg who is coming from Columbus, Ohio to speak to us. He has combined his legal career with the remarkable production of over 16 books and 24 articles all on the Federal Cavalry. Many of these works have brought him to national attention and specifically to the Rappahannock Region. A native of the Philadelphia area, he graduated from Dickinson College and holds both Law and Public and International Affairs graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.
You can show your support for all we have tried to achieve this program year by maximum attendance at our meetings. Please make your reservations by Noon, Monday, March 23rd, 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 at this same number.
Pat Quinn, President 2014-15