August 9 meeting – Dwight Hughes


Join us on August 9 when our speaker, Dwight Hughes, discusses the CSS Shenandoah’s place in Civil War history.

Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., August 9, 2016

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

Topic: The CSS Shenandoah

From October 1864 to November 1865, the CSS Shenandoah carried the Civil War around the globe to the ends of the earth, through every extreme of sea and storm. She flew the last Confederate flag and fired the final gun of the conflict. Her officers included a nephew of Robert E. Lee, descendants of men who fought at George Washington’s side, and an uncle of Theodore Roosevelt. These officers considered themselves Americans, Southerners, rebels, and warriors who were embarking on the voyage of their lives, defending their country as they understood it, and pursuing a difficult, dangerous mission in which they succeeded spectacularly after it no longer mattered. Their observations looking back from the most remote and alien surroundings imaginable, along with the viewpoints of those they encountered, provide unique perspectives of the conflict.

Dwight Hughes graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 and served twenty years as a Navy surface warfare officer on most of the world’s oceans, in ships ranging from destroyer to aircraft carrier and with river forces in Vietnam, receiving a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service and a Purple Heart. His first book, A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah was published by the Naval Institute Press in 2015. Hughes is a contributing author at the Emerging Civil War blog ( He lives and writes with his wife, Judi, near Manassas.


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