July Meeting – Brian McEnany and James Lewis

Join us on July 9 as we learn more about the routes used by the Army of the Potomac as they pursued Lee’s Army marching northward in the Shenandoah Valley. Brian McEnany and James Lewis will be our guest speakers.

Meeting time: 7:30 PM, July 9, 2013

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

Topic: Sunstroke and Ankle-Deep Mud

Much has been written about the Battle of Gettysburg and Lee’s Retreat, but very little has been written about the arduous and difficult journey of the Union Army of the Potomac and the movement of tens of thousands of men, wagons, and horses through Fairfax and Prince William and Loudoun Counties in June 1863. At our next monthly meeting, the historians/authors Brian McEnany and Jim Lewis will discuss the background of a historical driving tour booklet of the routes used by the Army of the Potomac as they pursued Lee’s Army marching northward in the Shenandoah Valley. They will also describe the preliminary actions and movements of both armies before the Battle of Gettysburg. In particular, they will use the daily movements of the Union Army’s II Corps (Second Army Corps) during June 1863 to provide the historical context behind how the army marched north across Northern Virginia. Several interesting facts and features uncovered by their research will also be explored.

Brian R. McEnany is a historical writer and active member of the Bull Run Civil War Roundtable. A West Point graduate, he has devoted a number of years to studying its history. He has lectured about West Point during the Civil War to various Civil War round tables, government agencies, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University. McEnany’s article, “John Brown’s Raid and West Point,” was published in The Assembly (Oct.-Dec. 2009), and “War Comes to West Point” appeared in North & South magazine (Oct.-Dec. 2010). He has written a book about the West Point Class of 1862, which is soon to be published.

James G. Lewis is a native local Virginian and an avid historian, with a particular interest in the Civil War. He was part of the core group of Hunter Mill Defense League historians who produced the acclaimed documentary titled “Danger Between the Lines,” which premiered in June 2007. It has since been shown on WETA Public TV and won Fairfax County’s most prestigious historical award. He has since compiled the “Hunter Mill Road Civil War Self-Guided Tour” and authored Forgotten Roads of the Hunter Mill Road Corridor. Lewis has been an integral component in the research, documentation, and writing of numerous historical markers in Fairfax County. He remains active through his association with the Bull Run Civil War Round Table, research projects, lectures, and local historical bus tours.

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