November Meeting – Todd Berkoff

Join us on November 12 as we examine the Bristoe Station Campaign from a perspective inside the command circle of the Army of the Potomac.

Meeting time: 7:30 PM, November 12, 2013

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

Topic: George G. Meade and the Bristoe Station Campaign

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As the third of four major campaigns conducted in the eastern theater during 1863, Bristoe Station has long remained in the shadow of the larger, bloodier campaigns at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. With both the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia reduced because of those earlier campaigns and the need to reinforce other theaters, Generals Robert E. Lee and George G. Meade could have remained idle.  Instead, after a series of flanking marches, the armies nearly repeated the campaign seen a year earlier across Northern Virginia.  Although the events of October 13 – November 7, 1863 lacked a major, decisive battle, there was plenty of possibilities and missed opportunities.  Some of which our host will explore tonight.

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Todd Berkoff  is a local historian now living in Loudoun County after fleeing the congestion of Arlington, Virginia earlier this year. Todd’s area of interest is senior leadership in the Army of the Potomac, has published articles in America’s Civil War and Civil War Times magazines on the Battles of Second Manassas and Bristoe Station, assisted Gordon Rhea on Rhea’s book on Cold Harbor (2002), and more recently, assisted on Bradley Gottfried’s book on the Bristoe Station-Rappahannock Station-Mine Run Campaigns (October 2013). He also is a ardent supporter of preserving battlefields in Virginia, and has served on the boards of the Brandy Station Foundation and The Friends of Manassas Battlefield. Earlier this year, Todd was awarded a Commander’s Medal for Public Service by the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard for getting headstones for Civil War soldiers buried in unmarked graves in Boston. But he’s not just a one-war wonder. Todd currently serves on the board of The Carpetbaggers Association, a World War II veterans group of OSS operators that conducted sensitive missions during the war–Todd’s uncle was killed on a OSS mission to France in September 1944. Todd continues his family’s legacy and works for the US government as an intelligence analyst.

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About Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.
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