November 2017 Meeting – George E. Lewis, Jr.

Join us on November 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., November 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.

A look ahead to the December meeting:

As is the tradition of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable, our December meeting will be a potluck dinner. David Goetz will be on hand to deliver a talk on John S. Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracy.

Meeting date: December 12, 2017

Meeting time: Dinner to start at 7 p.m.; meeting/talk, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Presbyterian Church, 207 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia (directly across from the Thomas Balch Library) 

Potluck dinner: 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 dessert. 

I – P: Bring a main course or casserole.

Q – Z: Bring a salad or side. 

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.


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