October 11 meeting – Melissa Delcour Eckstein

Join us on October 11 when our speaker, Melissa Delcour Eckstein, discusses the May 1864 command of that dashing, plumed-hat warrior, J. E. B. Stuart.

Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., October 11, 2016

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

Topic: J. E. B. Stuart: A Rendezvous with Destiny

Our speaker will discuss the significance of J. E. B. Stuart’s command at the opening of the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in May of 1864.

Melissa Delcour Eckstein first became intrigued by the Civil War when, as a youth, she discovered her soldier ancestors, who hailed from the 42nd Mississippi. Robert Krick suggested that she use a summer to work for the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, which turned into a few years of full-time employment.

She has written several articles: “A Memoir of John E. Curran,” for The Journal of Fredericksburg History; “The Country Loses a Noble Soldier: The Battles of Brigadier General John Marshall Jones,” in Civil War Regiments: A Journal of the American Civil War; and “Lightning Strike in the Valley,” about Stonewall Jackson at the Battle of Front Royal, in Military History Magazine. She has also co-published the “Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse: May 1864” (troop movement maps).

After her Park Service tenure, she continued to research, write, speak, and lead battlefield tours while pursuing her career as a high school teacher in Rappahannock and Botetourt Counties in Virginia. Her current project is entitled “In the Time of Heroes: The Letters of James and David Jenkins (146th NY Infantry).”



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