March 2017 Meeting – George E. Lewis, Jr.

Welcome to a new year with the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable! As this is our first gathering of 2017, members are asked to bring their annual dues to the meeting. Reminder to all Board members: Please stay after for a meeting.

Join us on March 14 when our speaker, George Lewis, Jr., will discuss the failure of both the United States and the Confederacy to adequately care for the many horses needed to wage war.

Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., March 14, 2017

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

Topic: 500 Horses a Day

Before and throughout the Civil War, both the United States and the Confederacy failed to successfully plan for and manage the acquisition, care, diseases, treatment, loss, and replacement of horses and mules. These failures impacted not only the battlefield but also etiology, reporting, and national wealth. And as with many complex wartime actions, these shortcomings would also have political ramifications. The postwar lessons learned as well as some solutions to these myriad problems will be illustrated and discussed by George Lewis, DVM, PhD, COL (R) USA. 

George Lewis, Jr., is a veterinarian, retired army colonel, amateur historian, and medical research and development consultant. He has lived in Frederick County, Maryland, on and off for the past forty years, the last twenty of which he has owned, built, and managed a grass fed cow-and-calf operation, Catoctin Station Farm, in Lander, Maryland. Lewis is also the chairman of the C&O Canal National Historical Park Federal Advisory Commission.

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