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Eric Wittenberg - “We Ride a Whirlwind” Sherman and Johnston at Bennett Place

The end of the Civil War is widely believed to have occurred with the surrender of Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865.  However, hostilities continued as Union General William T. Sherman proceeded with the last part of hisCarolinas Campaignand marched toRaleigh, North Carolina, and ConfederateGeneral Joseph E. Johnstonmoved his forces in position to guard Raleigh against the attack. 

Then, seventeen days after the surrender at Appomattox, the last major stage in the peace making process occurred when General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his Confederate Army to General William T. Sherman at the Bennett Place, April 26, 1865.

This month, we again welcome our friend, Eric Wittenberg, to discuss the subject of his new book, “We Ride a Whirlwind” Sherman and Johnston at Bennett Place.

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. Eric is a full-time practicing attorney inprivate practice.

Eric is an award-winning Civil War historian. His specialty is 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.

He maintains a popular and well-regarded blog,Rantings of a Civil War Historian, and is the owner and moderator of the popular Civil War Discussion Group Online.

We look forward to his visit, and hope you will join us!


As announced last month, The County Seat Restaurant has changed their meal policy for club meetings.  Going forward, The County Seal will offer a main course, or the soup and salad bar. 

This month the main course will consist of family style fried chicken, sweet potato, green beans and coleslaw.

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 September 19th.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:30 PM

$16.00 for members, $20.00 for guests.

Pre-Paid Reservations Must Be Received By September 19, 2017

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PCWRT, P.O. Box 1144, Powhatan, VA 23139

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Thursday, October 19, 2017, Jim Callear - Civil War Relics & Reenacting

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