April 2017 Meeting – James A. Morgan III

Welcome to a new year with the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable, in particular since our March meeting was canceled. Please remember to bring your annual dues to the meeting and—in light of several upcoming vacancies—consider joining the Board of Directors. Reminder to all Board members: Please stay after for a required meeting.

Join us on April 11 when our speaker, Jim Morgan, will discuss the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War.

Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., April 11, 2017

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

Topic: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Jim Morgan will discuss the motives behind the organization of the committee, how it was created, and how it operated throughout the war. He will also explore how hard-core abolitionists controlled the committee, pushed their agenda, and interfered with Lincoln’s administration of the greater war effort.

Jim Morgan, a lifelong Civil War enthusiast, is a native of New Orleans, where his family eventually settled after “Morganza,” the family plantation upriver from Baton Rouge, was destroyed during the Civil War. His Civil War ancestors served in the Pointe Coupee Artillery, the 6th Louisiana Battery, and the 41st Mississippi Infantry.

Jim grew up in Pensacola, Florida, and now lives near Lovettsville, Virginia, not far from the Ball’s Bluff battlefield. He is a past president of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable and is co-founder and past chairman of the Friends of Ball’s Bluff Battlefield. From 2009–2015, he served on the Loudoun County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and currently is on the board of the Mosby Heritage Area Association. Jim is also a former Civil War reenactor who participated in both Union and Confederate artillery and infantry roles.

His tactical study of Ball’s Bluff, A Little Short of Boats: the Battles of Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry, is widely considered to be the definitive work on that little fight. He has written on various Civil War topics for Civil War Times, America’s Civil War, Blue & Gray, and other periodicals. He has also contributed a chapter on the Joint Committee of the Conduct of the War for the forthcoming book, Turning Points of the Civil War, scheduled for release by Southern Illinois University Press in late 2017.

Jim retired in 2014 from the State Department where he held a number of positions in Washington and abroad, the last being Acquisitions Librarian for the Office of International Information Programs. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969–1971 and holds master’s degrees in political science from the University of West Florida and library science from Florida State University.

 

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