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 7 PM. Membership is open to the  general public.

This Month's Speaker

On Tuesday March 26, Ryan Quint will present “Determined to Stand and Fight – The Battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864”.
In early July 1864, a quickly patched together force of outnumbered Union soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace prepared for a last-ditch defense along the banks of the Monocacy River. Behind them, barely fifty miles away, lay the capital of the United States, open to attack. Facing Wallace’s men were Lt. Gen. Jubal Early’s Confederates. In just under a month, they had cleared the Shenandoah Valley of Union soldiers and crossed the Potomac River, invading the north for the third time in the war. The veterans in Early’s force could almost imagine their flags flying above the White House. A Confederate victory near Washington could be all the pro-peace platforms in the north needed to defeat Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming election.
What followed, the Battle of Monocacy, came to be known as “The Battle that Saved Washington.” Ryan Quint will tell the story of the fight through the words of those who lived it, using contemporary accounts and photographs to reveal the determined fighting that took place through the hot hours of July 9, 1864.
Ryan Quint graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in history. He worked as a seasonal park guide at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park before moving to work at as an interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. His first book Determined to Stand and Fight: The Battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864, was published in 2017 by Savas Beatie as part of their award-winning Emerging Civil War Series. He is currently at work on a second book about the Battle of Dranesville.



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