September 2019 Meeting – Michael K. Shaffer

Please join us on September 10 as Michael K. Shaffer speaks to us about Thomas W. Colley of the 1st Virginia Cavalry. We welcome all guests with the hopes that they will join, so please consider bringing someone to the meeting this month. 

Meeting time: Tuesday, September 10, 2019; 7:30 p.m.

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

Topic: “In Memory of Self and Comrades: Thomas Colley’s Recollections”

Thomas W. Colley served in one of the most active and famous units in the Civil War, the 1st Virginia Cavalry, which fought in battles from First Manassas/Bull Run to the defense of Petersburg.  In May 1861, along with the other members of the Washington Mounted Rifles, Colley left his home in Washington County, Virginia, and reported to camp in Richmond. During the war, he received wounds on three different occasions: first at Waterloo Bridge in 1862, again at Kelly’s ford in 1863, and finally Haw’s Shop in 1864.  The wound received at Haw’s Shop resulted in the amputation of his left foot, thereby ending his wartime service.

Michael K. Shaffer is a Civil War historian, instructor, lecturer, newspaper columnist, and author.  He is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War Western Theater, and Georgia Association of Historians.  Schaffer teaches Civil War Courses at Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education, and frequently lectures to various groups across the country.  After the program, he will have copies of his books available for purchase!

About Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.
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