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Program Change for November!


This month we are happy to host our friend and one of our most popular speakers, Eric J. Wittenberg, to discuss his book One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863.

Eric was raised in southeastern Pennsylvania, and made his first trip to the Gettysburg battlefield as a third-grader.  By the end of that trip, he was fully hooked on the Civil War.

Eric is an alumnus of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and also has two degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in public and international affairs from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs as well his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law.

Our speaker is an award-winning Civil War historian, with a focus on cavalry operations, with a particular emphasis on the Army of the Potomac’s Cavalry Corps. He is the author of sixteen published books, all of which are available for purchase on this site. His first book, Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions, was named the third winner of the Robert E. Lee Civil War Roundtable of Central New Jersey’s Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award as the best new work interpreting the Battle of Gettysburg of 1998. Other works of his have been chosen as main selections by the History and Military Book Clubs, and his work uniformly receives good reviews. He is also the author of more than two dozen published articles on Civil War cavalry operations. His articles have appeared in Gettysburg Magazine, North & South, Blue & Gray, Hallowed Ground, America’s Civil War, and Civil War Times Illustrated.

Eric regularly travels the country to lecture on the war, and he is frequently asked to lead Civil War battlefield tours. Battlefield preservation work is very important to him. He sits on the boards of advisors of the Trevilian Station Battlefield Foundation and the Friends of the Alligator, and has regularly worked with the Civil War Preservation Trust in helping to save battlefield land. He is an original member of, as well as past president and program chairman of, the Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable. He is the vice president of the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation and serves as one of 18 members of the Governor of Ohio’s Advisory Commission on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

You can learn more about our speaker on his popular and well-regarded blog, Rantings of a Civil War Historian.

As always, we look forward to his visit, and hope you will join us!


The County Seat offers our members and guests a main course, or the soup and salad bar. November’s main course is a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Please specify your dining preference (main course or soup and salad bar) when you submit your pre-paid reservation, which is due the Tuesday prior to each meeting. This month reservations must be received by November 13th.


Thursday, December 20 2018 – Annual Christmas Dinner


2018 marks the 200 anniversary of the John Brockenbrough Mansion in Richmond. Over the years, it has served many roles, most famously that of Executive Mansion of Jefferson Davis and his family from 1861-1865. While those four years cemented the house's importance in history, it also was a private residence (1818-1861), a headquarters of Union occupying forces during Reconstruction (1865-1870), the Richmond Central School (1871- 1894), home to The Confederate Museum (1896-1976), and the fully restored White House of the Confederacy (1988-present). It was one of the first places designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The American Civil War Museum will mark this bicentennial with a series of monthly programs that focus on the broad sweep of the house’s history and the people who made it. The programs will feature a variety of formats, from panel discussions to interactive tours to “eyewitness” storytelling sessions. The bicentennial programs will be held within the house itself at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  They are free to Museum members and $10 for the general public (includes museum admission). A series subscription for the year is available for $100. All proceeds go directly to the White House of the Confederacy.

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If you have an interest in becoming more involved with the PCWRT, or have a special skill to offer, why not consider volunteering? New ideas and new people are the life-blood of any organization, and the PCWRT is no different. We need new volunteers with new ideas to move forward into our second decade. To get involved, please see one of our Leadership Committee members at our next meeting.


“I never saw troops behave more magnificently than Picket's division of Virginians did today in that grand charge upon the enemy. And if they had been supported as they were to have been, - but, for some reason - not yet fully explained to me, were not, - we would have held the position and the day would have been ours.”

Robert E. Lee to Confederate General John Imboden


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THIS MONTH IN THE CIVIL WAR 1864 - Courtesy History Learning Site

November 15, 1864 - The destruction of Atlanta was completed. The economic hub of Georgia was destroyed – this action by Sherman created much bitterness in the South.

November 16, 1864 - Sherman’s army of 60,000 men left Atlanta. The twenty days rations they carried came from the city and left the people there with little to eat or drink.  Facing Sherman’s large army was just 20,000 Confederate troops with few supplies.

November 17, 1864 - Davis denounced any Southern state that intimated that as an individual state it might seek a peace settlement with the Union. In particular, he was concerned that Georgia might do this and contacted the state’s senators accordingly. 

November 19, 1864 - A call to arms in Georgia met with little response – it was as if the morale of the state had imploded after the treatment handed out to Atlanta. There was a fear that what had happened to Atlanta might happen to other areas within the state if they were seen to be still opposing Sherman.

November 20, 1864 - Confederate forces continued to harass Sherman’s army as it advanced to Savannah. Sherman’s response was to order the destruction of even more property.

November 22, 1864 - Sherman’s army entered Georgia’s state capital, Milledgeville. The city was burned and looted. November 23, 1864 - General William J Hardee was given command of the army that was meant to oppose Sherman’s march to the sea.

November 29, 1864 - Hood’s Army of Tennessee had the opportunity to defeat a Union army at Spring Hill, Tennessee, but failed to do so because of a collapse in the ability of senior officers to communicate with one another.

November 30, 1864 - Hood continued in his attempt to defeat the Union force at Spring Hill, Tennessee. Both armies numbered 23,000 men. The North lost a total of 2,326 men but the battle cost Hood’s army dearly – 6,252 men were lost, including six generals.  The Union army, commanded by General Schofield, moved on to Nashville while Hood’s men had to remain on the land in increasingly poor weather.




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