2019 Meeting Dates:

Jan 25
Feb 22
Mar 22
Apr 26
May 24
Jun 28 
 Jul 26
Aug 23
Sep 27
Oct 25
Nov 22
Dec - NONE

2018 Meetings:

       October 26 -  Annual Dinner, Dr. Elizabeth Varon, UVA historian, will speak about Elizabeth Van Lew who plied her trade as a Union spy in Richmond! LOW Clubhouse. Tickets and reservations required. For information and reservation form, CLICK HERE! 6:30PM, Great Hall on Clubhouse main level!

       November 30 --  John Hennessy, National Park Service Historian, will give a talk about General Joseph Hooker, head of the Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Chancellorsville! Great Hall on Clubhouse main level

       December - NO MEETING 


       January 26 -- NO MEETINGt

       February 22 - Greg Mertz, NPS. "Barriers to Battle:  Fords Along the Rapidan"  Greg give an inside presentation of his annual canoe trip (sans canoe!).

       March 23 -- Rebekah Oakes, NPS.  “Belonging to the Ages:  Abraham Lincoln in Myth and Memory.”  Over the last 150 years we have cast him in copper and bronze, enshrined him in stone, and even occasionally transformed him into a vampire hunter!  Rebekah will explore how Lincoln’s memory has been interpreted, debated, and used by generations of Americans from his death until the present day.  Great Hall on Clubhouse main level!

       April 27 — Zann Nelson's talk will be based upon her research for the Montpelier Foundation study “The  African American Descendants’ Quest.”  She will talk about enslaved men born in Orange County, the participation of some in the US Colored Troops, and then trace the post Emancipation lives of some of the freedmen who ended up working for the gold mines in the area.

       May 24 -- Jim Carson, retired CIA, will give a talk centered on his new book “Chasing Mosby, Shooting Booth.”  The book details the exploits of the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry.  Great Hall on Clubhouse main level!

       June 22 — Capt. Ed Gantt speaks about the US Colored Troops in the Battle of the Wilderness.  Great Hall on Clubhouse main level!

       July 27 — The "First" Campaign: LOW resident Bob Stone for the past 13 years has taught the Civil War curriculum at Encore Learning of Arlington, VA, an affiliate organization of George Mason University which offers college-level courses to retired adults.  His talk on July 27 will cover Gen. George B. McClellan's May 1861 campaign to drive all Confederate troops out of western Virginia and to secure the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad plus the major roads cutting through that part of Virginia.  The talk will highlight some of the "firsts" while describing the major actions of the campaign and the field generalship of George B. McClellan.  Great Hall on Clubhouse main level!

       August 24 -- Joe Rokus will present a talk on Sgt. Jerome Peirce.  Peirce was in the 36th Massachusetts which saw action in the Western Theater (Vicksburg and other battles) before coming East to be included in Burnside’s 9th Corps.  He was killed at Spotsylvania Courthouse.  His remains were eventually reinterred at Fredericksburg National Cemetery, where for many years annual delivery of flowers to his grave were a mystery.  Great Hall on Clubhouse main level.

       September 27 -- Sharon Grubbs, 6th Grade teacher at Locust Grove Middle School, will talk about her experiences and impressions from attending, as our scholarship recipient, the American Battlefield Trust's Teachers Institute this July.  Great Hall on Clubhouse main level!


2017 Meetings Completed:

       February 24 – John Hennessy, NPS HistorianVile Spirits or War Transformed?, The Looting and Bombardment of Fredericksburg

       March 24 – Eugene D. Betit, PhD, The Hite Family in the Civil War”

•        March 29 Dinner and speaker event in conjunction with Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, featuring NPS historian Frank O'Reilly: "The Battle of the Wilderness: Bloody Road to Peace with Lee and Grant." 

•    April 1 - PARK DAY. This annual event helps the National Park Service get the battlefields cleaned up and ready for the thousands of visitors this summer. Coordinated in our area by Friends of Wilderness Battlefield. 

       April 28 – Peter Rainey, "An artist, a gold miner and a writer in the Battle of the Wilderness."

       May 26 – Memorial Golf Tournament, LOW GOLF COURSE

       June 23 – Carolyn Elstner, “Burying the Dead",  J. Horace Lacy and the founding of the Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery  Carolyn Elstner grew up at Ellwood Manor as the granddaughter of the second family to own the house. A founding member and moving force in the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield for over 17 years, she is President of the Fredericksburg Ladies Memorial Association.  

       July 28 – Author and historian Frank S. Walker Jr. will speak on the Mine Run campaign of the winter of 1863 when Gen. George Meade's Army of the Potomac rolled through Lake of the Woods to clash with Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia less than five miles west of LOW.

       August 25 – Orange County middle school teacher Rodney Hawkins, recipient of this year's $1,000 scholarship to the Civil War Trust's National Teacher institute, will report on his experiences at the Memphis event.

       September 29 – Our Speaker:  Bob Johnson explained his use of GPS technology to identify historic trails.  He will also walk us through the use of his Driving Tours (available in this website on the Resources page).

       October 27 – Annual Dinner, Clubhouse, Evening, Our Speaker:  John Hennessy, Chief Historian, FSNMP will spoke on "Home Disrupted:  A Community Amidst War." 

       November 17 – "Still on Parade: Civil War Veterans and a Usable Past in Great Depression-Era America"  As Civil War veterans aged and their numbers began to dwindle as the 75th Anniversary of the American Civil War approached, what was their role in commemorating the events of their youth?  Our Speaker:  Rebekah Oakes, National Park Service Historian, FSNMP.

          December – NO MEETING


2016 Meetings Completed

Friday, February 26, 19:30 a.m.       Orange County historian Frank Walker spoke on “Missing the Mark on Mercy Street: Who was the Real Frank Stringfellow?” and his Walker family's relationship with this actual character from the six-part series "Mercy Street" that ended February 21 on PBS. Some episodes still may be viewed on line at http://www.pbs.org/show/mercy-street/. More than 90 people attended the meeting. (PBS has announced that "Mercy Street" has been picked up for a second season.)

Thursday, March 17, 10:30 A.M.  Mike Block, vice president of Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield, spoke on "Culpeper County: a Guided Civil War Tour -- with Commentary from the Participants," using photos, drawings and commentary from the ones who were there. 

Saturday, April 2, 8:30 A.M. - Civil War Trust-History Channel Park Day. More than 125 sites in 29 states joined in today to get our national battlefields spruced up for the summer visitors. Thanks to the sponsors Civil War Trust and History Channel and our local coordinators Friends of Wilderness Battlefield and Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield.

Friday, April 22, 10:30 A.M.    Author Harold R. Woodward Jr. made a fascinating presentation on the life of James Lawson Kemper. Born in Madison County, Kemper was a Confederate Major General who went on to become the 37th governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia following the war. He is buried here in Orange County.  

Friday, May 27, 1 P.M.    6th Annual Battle of the Wilderness Memorial Golf Tournament. The reason why the Civil War Study Group has no dues to pay for its many projects is because of the income we derive from our sponsors and players in this annual tournament. We are grateful for their assistance in helping preserve the great history of our part of Virginia and the men and women who were part of it. Jack Phend is tournament director. Player registration ended May 21.

Friday, June 24, 10:30 A.M.    Six Things We Bet You Didn't know about the Battle of Trevellian Station, June 11-12, 1864. CWSGI President Craig Rains presented the largest ALL-CAVALRY BATTLE of the entire Civil War that took place just 35 miles south of Lake of the Woods. Lower level, Lake of the Woods Clubhouse.

Friday, July 22, 10:30 A.M.    Elizabeth "Beth" Daly, a member of the board of directors of the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center presented "Finding Gems in Virginia's Largest Regional Archives: Central Rappahannock Heritage Center." The Fredericksburg facility staff and volunteers help in the preservation of several hundred thousand historic documents and photographs from the Fredericksburg area. It is a treasure trove for researchers. Lower level, Lake of the Woods Clubhouse.

Friday, August 26, 10:30 AM. Ben Brockenbrough, chief administrator of Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, Inc., presented "A Pretty Good Start: Central Virginia Battlefields Trust at 20," a program on CVBT's marking its 20th anniversary this year. Lower level, Lake of the Woods Clubhouse.

Friday, September 23, 10:30 A.M.    "Does the Civil War Really Matter Anymore?" Sharon Grubbs, an area history teacher who was awarded a scholarship by CWSG to attend the Civil War Trust's National Teacher Institute reports back to the group on the event. 
Lower level, Lake of the Woods Clubhouse (GPS address: 205 Lakeview Pkwy, Locust Grove, VA 22508).

EXTRA EVENT: Saturday, October 15, 9 A.M. - Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield leads a driving tour of the route of General Stonewall Jackson's troops to the 1862 Battle of Cedar Mountain in Culpeper County. Starts at FOCMB contact station. Details at http://friendsofcedarmountain.org/ or call (540) 727-8849.

Friday, October 28, 5:30 P.M., dinner and speaker. Dr. Jeffrey L. Zvengrowski of the University of Virginia will present the strange story of the Confederacy's attempt to get France to join it in the war against the Union. "They Stood Like the 'Old Guard of Napoleon': Jefferson Davis and the pro-Bonaparte Democrats, 1815-1870" at the Civil War Study Group's annual dinner. Lake of the Woods Clubhouse.

November 18, 10:30 A.M.    Dr. Pete Rainey, former CWSGI chairman, concluded the year's series of speakers with a special presentation on the carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and its connection to the Mine Run Campaign of November-December, 1863.

December. No meeting.