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


"The Story of 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."

Annual Dinner 
Friday, October 26, 2018
81 were in attendance!
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November Meeting 
Friday, November 30, 2018, 10:30AM
(At the LOW Clubhouse ...Grand Ballroom)

Clamorous Climb,Quiet Exit:
Joseph Hooker and the Army of the Potomac

Our speaker will be National Park Service Chief Historian John Hennessy. His
 talk will look at the man who once was the most aggressive division commander the Army had, his noisy,  rapid climb through the high command of the Army of the Potomac, and his performance at Chancellorsville. It's a case study in how responsibility modifies behavior.

Check the CWSG Events Calendar.