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 fourthTuesday of each month September 2015 through May 2016. 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

On October 27, 2015 - Erick Bush will present  “Selma - Alabama’s Arsenal City in the Civil War”. The city of Selma, Alabama was transformed into the Confederacy’s second most important war manufacturing center, outside of Richmond.  Key war support industrial activities were located in Selma due to its secure location in the interior of Alabama.  The Civil War in Selma also has critical connections to Virginia, through the Civil War experiences of Catesby Jones, Josiah Gorgas, and Franklin Buchanan.  Selma was essential to the Confederate war effort, especially with the construction of the CSS Tennessee ironclad and the Brooke cannon.  Several of Union President Abraham Lincoln’s Confederate relatives called Selma home.  The city of Selma provided critical support to Confederate operations in the field, especially in places such as Mobile, Charleston, and Atlanta.  An impressive network of ironworks was developed in North and Central Alabama to supply the sprawling Selma Arsenal, Ordnance Works, and Navy Yard.  A series of well engineered earthworks and fortifications were constructed around Selma to defend this critical industrial center.  As a testament to the importance of Selma, it produced “half of the cannon and two thirds of the fixed ammunition” for the Confederacy in 1864-1865.  The largest cavalry raid of the Civil War, under the command of Major General James H. Wilson, targeted and destroyed Selma during the final stages of the Civil War.

Erick Bush is a Civil War historian, with a specialization on the Civil War in Central Alabama.  His particular areas of focus are Alabama’s Confederate ironclads and Wilson’s Cavalry Raid in Central Alabama.  He has previously lectured on a number of Alabama and Virginia related topics to Civil War Round Table and history enthusiast groups in England, Ohio, Alabama and Texas. ”.  He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Alabama, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University.  He is a member of the American Civil War Round Table (UK) and Williamsburg Civil War Round Table. 

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