May Meeting – Christopher Gwinn

Join us on May 14 as we learn more about the Chancellorsville Campaign and as we near the 150th anniversary of the battle. Christopher Gwinn is our guest speaker.

Meeting time:  7:30 PM, May 14, 2013

Location:   Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia

Topic:  On Campaign with Fighting Joe: Joseph Hooker and the Army of the Potomac in 1863

For five critical months in early 1863, Major General Joseph Hooker commanded the Union Army of the Potomac, taking it from the brink of collapse and despair after the disastrous defeat at Fredericksburg in December 1862 to the heights of its power in the early stages of the Chancellorsville Campaign.  From the wilderness crossroads of Chancellorsville to the eve of the Gettysburg Campaign, we shall carefully examine this often misunderstood and enigmatic commanding Union general and explore his strengths and failings, triumphs and defeats through the eyes of the officers and men he commanded.

About our speaker:
Mr. Gwinn is currently employed as an interpretive park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 2006 and earned his master’s degree in public history in 2008. He has worked extensively for the National Park Service since graduation at various historic sites including Antietam National Battlefield, the Boston National Historical Park, and the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

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