Our April meeting features a talk from Eric Wittenberg, renowned Civil War cavalry historian.
Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., April 9, 2019
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: Five or Ten Minutes of Blind Confusion: The Battle of Aiken, South Carolina, February 11, 1865
The February 11, 1865 Battle of Aiken, South Carolina, was one of the last Confederate battlefield victories of the Civil War. But was it really a victory? While Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler and his Confederate cavalrymen may have defeated Bvt. Maj. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick’s troopers on the battlefield, their expedition to ambush and defeat Kilpatrick left the already vastly outnumbered Southern forces in South Carolina unable to man the intended line of defense along the Edisto River. As a consequence of Wheeler disobeying orders, the capital of South Carolina, Columbia, was left to its fate.
Eric J. Wittenberg is an award-winning Civil War historian whose primary focuses are cavalry operations and the Gettysburg Campaign. Born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania, Wittenberg was educated at Dickinson College and at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His books have won multiple awards, including the U.S. Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award and the Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award. He is a member of the board of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust and works extensively in battlefield preservation. He was a member of the Governor of Ohio’s Commission on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and is one of the owners and primary tour guides for Expert Historical Tours. He is an attorney in private practice in Columbus, Ohio.