Join us on December 10 as we examine the career of Confederate cavalier J.E.B. Stuart and in particular his performance during the campaigns of 1863. Please note that our annual dinner will precede the talk.
Meeting time: Tuesday 7:30 p.m., December 10, 2013 (dinner; see information below.)*
Location: Presbyterian Church, 207 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia (across from Thomas Balch Library, our regular meeting location)
Topic: J.E.B. Stuart and 1863
JEB Stuart’s reputation as the Confederacy’s champion cavalier propelled the storied Army of Northern Virginia’s cavalry into their pivotal year, 1863. The talk will focus on the build-up of the plumed one’s reputation, the climax and the beginning of the deconstruction of the celebrated branch of the South’s famous army.
Melissa Weeks Eckstein is a former historian with Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. While at the Fredericksburg parks, she published “A Memoir of John E. Curran” in The Journal of Fredericksburg History and “The Battles of Brigadier General John Marshall Jones” in Civil War Regiments: A Journal of the American Civil War. After her Park Service tenure, she authored “Lightning Strike in the Valley” published in Military History Magazine. She continues to research, write, speak, and lead battlefield tours while also pursuing her career as a high school teacher in beautiful Virginia. Her latest projects include editing letters of two brothers from the 146th NY Regiment.
Dinner information: The pre-meeting dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Each member is asked to bring a dish according to the schedule below. Anyone who can come a bit early and stay a bit late to help with set up and cleanup is encouraged to do so.
The Roundtable will furnish a meat tray, drinks, and tableware. You may bring guests, but remember to bring enough food for them as well. Feel free to announce your guest at the beginning of the meeting.