Welcome to the June 2018 meeting of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable. We hope that members will come out during this month of graduations, in general, to hear from Brian R. McEnany about the class of 1862, in particular.
Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., June 12, 2018
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: The West Point Class of 1862
During the tense months leading up to the American Civil War, the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point continued their education, even as the nation threatened to dissolve around them. Students from both the North and the South struggled to understand events, such as John Brown’s Raid, the secession of eleven states from the Union, and the attack on Fort Sumter. By graduation day, half the class of 1862 had resigned and only twenty-eight remained. The class motto—“Joined in common cause”—had been severely tested. Brian McEnany will discuss twelve Union and four Confederate soldiers and their action in battles large and small.
Brian R. McEnany graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with the Class of 1962 and served in artillery assignments in Germany, Korea, and the United States, and in combat in Vietnam. A retired lieutenant colonel and operations research analyst, he is the author of several historical articles about West Point during the Civil War.
McEnany’s book, For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862, won the 2015 Eugene Feit Award for Best Civil War Study, given by the New York Military Affairs Symposium. McEnany lives in Vienna, Virginia.