As is the tradition of the Loudoun Civil War Roundtable, at our December meeting we open the floor to member presentations during the potluck dinner.
Meeting time: December 9, 2014; dinner to start at 7 p.m.; meeting/talk, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Presbyterian Church, 207 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: The Battles for Savannah
Speaker: Jon Guttman
After proceeding on his next move from Atlanta, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman embarked on a slow advance on the port of Savannah, leaving a swath of destruction in his wake. At the end of November 1864, while General John Bell Hood and what remained of the Army of Tennessee was vainly trying to seize Nashville or destroy the Army of the Cumberland, Sherman fought a series of battles with the various Confederate forces arrayed around Savannah, while its main defenders, General William J. Hardee and Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, sought either to stop the Yanks or, failing that, withdraw with as much of their commands intact. Between November 22 and December 13, sharp actions would be fought at Griswoldville, Buckhead Creek, Honey Hill, Waynesboro, and Fort McAllister before Savannah fell—and there would be one more at Altahama Bridge on December 19 to determine the fate of Hardee and his 10,000 remaining troops.
Each member is asked to bring a dish according to the alphabetical schedule below. Anyone who can come a bit early and stay a bit late to help with set up and clean up is encouraged to do so.
A – H: Bring a salad or side.
I – P: Bring a dessert.
Q – Z: Bring a main course or casserole.
The Roundtable will furnish drinks, tableware, and a meat/cheese tray. Feel free to bring guests but remember to bring enough food for them as well. Be sure to introduce your guests during the announcements at the beginning of the meeting.
A survey will also be available for members to offer suggestions for speaker topics.