The Civil War Study Group at Lake of the Woods, Virginia, is dedicated to historical research, preservation, and education of the general public on historic events that occurred in Orange County, Virginia, and surrounding communities during the American Civil War. We have no dues, no membership roster, no requirements to attend our meetings or volunteer for any of our historical projects. We hope you'll join us in our mission to tell the story of the Battle of the Wilderness, May, 1864 as well as other tales of the Civil War here in the historic Piedmont of Virginia.

“... the Battle of the Wilderness ...arguably, ... the most important battle in the Civil War.”
         --Edwin C. Bearss, National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus, 
speaking at Hanover Tavern, Virginia on May 9, 2014


"Examining Gordon's Flank Attack Based on Eyewitness Accounts" written by Dr. Peter G. Rainey and edited by Charles E. Brewer. Available now on Kindle. $2.99, OR Apple iBooks, $1.99.
"Dedicated to those thousands of Confederate and Federal troops that were in the Wilderness, Orange County, Virginia the evening of May 6, 1864. We remember those that wrote what they heard and saw and those that are forever listed as missing but not forgotten."

New Board Member:
Gregory Major
The Civil War Study Group Board (GWSG) in December extended an invitation to Gregory Major to join its' ranks.  Fortunately for us, Greg accepted!  
Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Greg received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edwards University in 1974, with Honors.  He worked for the FBI for 41 years, for the last 31 of which as an engineering technician in the FBI's Technical Services Division.  He is retired and he and his wife have three grown children.  In addition to CWSG Greg is a member of Knights of Columbus, NARFE, National Association of Technical Investigators, Orange County Historical Society, and the Legion of Mary at church.
IS FEBRUARY 22, 2018.
Our usual space in the Clubhouse Lower Level January through March is used by AARP for its annual tax preparation assistance.  As a result, our February meeting is being held on a Thursday, Feb. 22, 10:30AM in the Lower Level.

Our speaker will be NPS historian Greg Mertz, who is familiar to many of you through his work with Ellwood volunteers and historical presentations.  Each summer, in the June time-frame, Greg leads a canoe trip down the Rapidan river visiting and explaining the various Union Army crossing points during the Civil War.  We thought we would give Greg an opportunity to share his story with the canoe-challenged, as well as those otherwise unable to join his limited size group this year.  The image below, from the F&SNMP website, was from an earlier trip.
March Meeting is March 23, 2018, 10:30AM
LOCATION CHANGE:  Clubhouse Ballroom!

Check the CWSG Events Calendar.