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 the fourth Tuesday of each month September through May. Meetings are held in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre located at 515 Scotland St in Williamsburg, VA, unless otherwise posted. The meetings begin at 6:30 PM. Membership is open to the  general public.

May's Speaker

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Dr. Jerry Wooten

Join us on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre.
This presentation will also be presented via Zoom. Details for the Zoom link will be provided by a follow up meeting announcement several days prior to the meeting date.
On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Dr. Jerry Wooten will present “Johnsonville”.
Too often the Civil War in Tennessee is defined in popular memory by its major national battlefield parks, such as Shiloh, Chattanooga, Fort Donelson and Stones River. In the 21st century, more so than in the past, historians have been asking different questions of the state’s Civil War experiences. What about the long federal army occupation? What was the impact of enslaved peoples becoming contraband laborers? Where were Unionist supporters across the entire state, not just East Tennessee? What are linkages between occupation, emancipation, and free black community building? Why have we ignored—outside the battles of Fort Donelson and Memphis—the dominance of the federal navy in the war? How significant was control of the inland river system that divided east and middle Tennessee in the strategy and fighting of the Civil War in Tennessee?
Johnsonville: Union Supply Operations on the Tennessee River and the Battle of Johnsonville, November 4-5, 1864, by Dr. Jerry Wooten, takes important steps toward answering these significant questions. Of the more than three dozen designated nationally significant battles in Tennessee, Johnsonville’s significance was recognized by only a handful of specialists.  But now with Wooten’s comprehensive treatment of Johnsonville as a military base, battleground, and launching ground for emancipation, its transformative story will gain new audiences
Jerry Wooten is originally from Clarksville, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor’s degree in American History from Austin Peay State University and his Master’s Degree from Murray State University in Historic Preservation. In 2015, Jerry completed his Ph.D. in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University with a concentration in Resource Management. Jerry's dissertation is entitled: Johnsonville:  The Evolution, Defense, and Demise of the Union’s Tennessee River Supply Depot, 1790-1890.
In December 2016, Jerry moved to his current position as park manager of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park located on the grounds of the historic 1853 Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville. Since his tenure, Jerry has helped transform the park from original operations established in 1996 to another award-winning park winning consecutive Awards of Excellence for Innovation (2018), Sustainability (2019), and Interpretation (2021).
In November 2019, Jerry released his first book through Savas-Beatie Publishers entitled: Johnsonville: Union Supply Operations on the Tennessee River and the Battle of Johnsonville, November 4-5, 1864.

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