The organization meets 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 7 PM. Membership is open to the general public.
This Month's Speaker
"Captain Redmond Burke - Stuart’s Border Scout "
Our April 22nd meeting at 7PM in the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre will feature Steve French presenting “Captain Redmond Burke - Stuart’s Border Scout."
In the first two years of The War between The States, Irish immigrant
Redmond Burke first served as a scout and later personal aide to General
J.E. B. Stuart. The colorful off- told stories of his thrilling exploits
behind enemy lines, spread by newspaper and word-of-mouth throughout
Northern Virginia and the lower-Shenandoah Valley, eventually turned him
into an almost mythical figure. One scribe wrote. “His character seemed
to belong to romance rather than every-day life, and may one day figure,
in the pages of a future Sir Walter Scott.”
Mr. French’s presentation will briefly examine some of Burke’s exploits, including his adventures during the Battle of Williamsburg and Stuart’s Chickahominy Raid, before focusing on his last behind-the-lines mission that resulted in his death in a Union ambush in Shepherdstown, Va., on the night of Nov. 24-25, 1862.
Steve French is a member of a number of historical organizations including the Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table and the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Imboden’s Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign, which received the prestigious 2008 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award, the 2009 Round Table of Gettysburg Book Award and the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal. He is also the author of Rebel Chronicles: Raiders, Scouts, and Train Robbers of the Upper-Potomac, the Blue&Gray Education Society monograph The Jones-Imboden Raid on the B&O Railroad at Rowlesburg, Virginia, and edited Four Years Along the Tilhance, the Civil War Dairy of Elisha Manor. French has written more than seventy Civil War articles and numerous book reviews that have appeared in national and international publications such as The Washington Times, Gettysburg Magazine, North& South Magazine, Crossfire: The Magazine of the American Civil War Round Table U.K., and The Southern Cavalry Review. He has appeared in internet and television documentaries including The Civil War in Washington County, Maryland. French’s other activities include speaking at various round tables and seminars and serving as guide for Civil War tours of the lower-Shenandoah Valley, Potomac Highlands, and the Retreat From Gettysburg.
Williamsburg Battlefield Added To List Of Endangered Sites
For more details click here