Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote discussion and study of the Civil War and to further stimulate interest in all aspects and phases of the Civil War period.

Meeting Dates

The organization meets on various Tuesdays each month February through May 2015. Meetings are held in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre located at 515 Scotland St in Williamsburg, VA, unless otherwise posted. The meetings begin at 7 PM. Membership is open to the  general public.

This Month's Speaker

Chris Kolakowski
“The Campaign and Battle of Stones River”

The March meeting will be held on on the fourth Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7pm in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre at 515 Scotland Street. Chris Kolakowski will present “The Campaign and Battle of Stones River”

On the last day of 1862 and the first two days of 1863, the Union Army of the Cumberland and the Confederate Army of Tennessee clashed outside of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in an engagement that was the Civil War’s bloodiest by percentage of loss. This presentation will discuss the battle and its context, and highlight its importance to the Civil War’s course.
Christopher L. Kolakowski was born and raised in Fredericksburg, VA. He received his BA in History and Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College, and his MA in Public History from the State University of New York in Albany.
Chris has spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, the New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Kentucky State Parks, and the U.S. Army. He has written and spoken on various aspects of military history from 1775 to the present. He has published two books with the History Press: The Civil War at Perryville: Battling for the Bluegrass and The Stones River and Tullahoma campaign: This Army Does Not Retreat. The U.S. Army will shortly publish his volume on the 1862 Virginia Campaigns as part of its sesquicentennial series on the Civil War. He is currently working on a study of the 1941-42 Philippine Campaign, which is scheduled for release in late 2016.
Chris comes to Norfolk having served as Director of the General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership at Fort Knox, KY from 2009 to 2013. He became the Director of the MacArthur Memorial on September 16, 2013.
This revised program announcement supersedes our previous announcement which was transmitted on March 5, 2015. The program previously announced for the March 31 Meeting, “A Visit to Old Appomattox With County Clerk George Peers”, will be presented at our April 28 meeting. 


Scholarship Contest -The Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable and the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy have partnered with the local chapter of the Sons Of Confederate Veterans to provide financial support to an essay contest for local high school seniors. Please click here for details. You are encouraged to promote this scholarship contest to any local high school seniors that may be interested in participating.

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