Long-time First Defenders CWRT friend and lecturer Jeffry Wert will present the program at the October 8th gathering of the Round Table at the Inn at Reading. Jeff’s latest work, “Civil War Barons,” is a departure from his previous battlefield and soldiers genre, and focuses on those Northern entrepreneurs who made a fortune while contributing mightily to the Union victory (and changed the country forever).
Remember: reservations are due by noon on Tuesday, October 1st, by signing up on-line or calling Meal Captain Kathy Little.
Also, re-enlistments for the 23rd Campaign are due by the October program. Either bring your $25 payment to the Inn on October 8th or mail them to Membership Chair Lori Border. A membership form can be downloaded from “Current Documents” tab on the “Newsletters” page.
The First Defenders kicked off the current campaign on September 10th with an exciting presentation by Chris Mackowski (and a first for Chris: a Powerpoint presentation!) on the “battle that wasn’t: Mine Run.” Maneuvering in central Virginia in the late fall of 1863, this would be the final face-to-face opportunity for George Meade to deal a blow to Robert E. Lee before the introduction of Ulysses S. Grant to the Eastern Theatre in the spring of 1864. Meade’s plan was sound, but sloppy execution by subordinates gave Lee the opportunity to develop a strong defensive position. It what Chris portrayed as Meade’s finest moment, he elected to sacrifice himself to his critics rather than his soldiers to the Confederates. Although Meade would bear the brunt of government and public criticisms that would endure through the end of his life, the men in the Army of the Potomac rewarded him with their admiration and respect.
We look forward to continuing our campaign on October 8th, and invite you to “Civil War Barons” with Jeff Wert!