November 2018 Meeting – Jim Lewis

Welcome to the November 2018 meeting of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable. Join us as local historian Jim Lewis discusses Charles Russell Lowell, Jr.

Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., November 13, 2018

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

Topic: The Consummate Citizen-Soldier: Charles Russell Lowell Jr.

Please welcome Jim Lewis as he discusses the life and times of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., one of the Union cavalry’s exceptional battlefield commanders. Lewis will also discuss the connection with Vienna, Virginia.

Jim Lewis is a 9th generation Virginian who is native to northern Virginia. He graduated from George Mason University and retired from the Xerox Corporation. His interest was piqued years ago by some unnatural looking “trenches” in his backyard. His research efforts brought him in contact with the local Hunter Mill Defense League (HMDL), which was in the process of researching/creating its own DVD about the history in the Hunter Mill Road corridor during the American Civil War years. The two projects complimented each other and an award-winning DVD documentary, Danger Between the Lines was released and shown on PBS TV. The trenches in his backyard turned out to be Confederate earthworks, as documented by the Fairfax County Archeology Department.

Lewis compiled the Hunter Mill Road Civil War Self-Guided Tour and co-authored Forgotten Roads of the Hunter Mill Road Corridor and Sunstroke & Ankle-Deep Mud. He has conducted 50+ historical tours over the past several years. He has also authored and updated numerous historical markers in Fairfax County. As a result of his efforts over the years, Lewis was awarded the “Lord Fairfax” designation by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. He continues to read and research, conduct tours, author historical markers, and come up with new or alternative findings the public may find of interest. His latest offering, The Consummate Citizen-Soldier Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., focuses on the fascinating life of the young cavalry commander whose brigade was headquartered on Ayr Hill in Vienna, Virginia, during the Civil War years.

About Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.
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