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November 20, 2014


Lee’s Last Gamble: Early’s 1864 Campaign

Gail Stephens

November 20, 2014

FtStevensIn the fourth summer of the Civil War, a Confederate army came close to carrying off the improbable – the seizure of Washington, DC. In June 1864, Lt. Gen. Jubal Early slipped away from the works around Richmond, where Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia faced Grant and the Army of the Potomac, and moved rapidly through the Shenandoah Valley into Maryland with an army of 16,000 veterans. Lee’s orders to Early – take Washington, which had been stripped The Union high command in Washington refused to believe early reports of a major Confederate force moving north through the Valley and took no action. The stage was set for a race between Early’s veterans and Grant’s reinforcements. Though the Confederates did not succeed, this little known campaign is one of the most exciting and potentially most momentous of the Civil War.

GailStephensGail Stephens has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics from George Washington University in Washington DC, and did graduate work at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities. She worked for the Department of Defense for 26 years, retiring in 1994 as a member of the Department’s Senior Executive Service. Upon retirement, she began to study the American Civil War. She volunteers at Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick, Maryland, lectures regularly on various Civil War topics, including Major General Lew
Wallace, and the 1864 Maryland campaign, and gives battlefield tours. Her book on Wallace’s Civil War career, Shadow of Shiloh, published by the Indiana Historical Society Press in October 2010, won the Civil War Forum of New York City’s William Henry Seward Award for best Civil War biography of 2011.

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The Membership Christmas party will be held on Thursday, December 4th at the Dobbin House. Our entertainment will be supplied by the Susquehanna Travellers. The band's focus is the music of the American Civil War, but its repertoire includes traditional Irish and Appalachian music as well as original tunes. For more information on the Susquehanna Travellers, visit www.susquehannatravellers.com. For more information, check out the webpage. Please fill out and mail the Reservation Form by November 26.


It’s almost time for the holidays!!!! Already!

Since the weather is turning colder, and your treks out on the battlefield are growing fewer and shorter, you should plan on joining us indoors for our monthly meetings this winter! Gail Stephens will be here on November 20th to talk about Jubal Early’s mission to take Washington, D.C., and our VP Roger Heller has set up some fantastic speakers for 2015! Not to be missed! Please note that our meeting is one week earlier this month as Thanksgiving falls on our usual fourth Thursday meeting day.

It’s again that time of year to come out and join us in celebrating the holidays and sharing good food, good music, and great company with your friends at the Roundtable! I hope you will be able to join us on Thursday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Dobbin House. Help us ring in the holidays! If you’re planning on attending you must register by November 26th. A registration form is attached to this newsletter for your convenience, or click on this link. I look forward to seeing you there!



December 4, 2014
Susquehanna Travellers
Annual members Christmas Party at the Dobbin House


January 22
Chuck Teague
The Harvest of Death: A Case of Battlefield Forensics


February 26
Scott Mingus
York County in the Gettysburg Campaign


March 26


April 23
Dennis Frye
Harper's Ferry in the Civil War
(June 13
Field Trip to Harper's Ferry


May 28
Curt Gaul
Program Developments by the National Park Service


June 25
Tim Smith
Evergreen Cemetery and the Civil War


July 23
Rich Kohr
The 1922 Marine Encampment at Gettysburg


August 27
Wayne Motts and James Hessler
Pickett's Charge


Sept 24
Tim Snyder
The C&O Canal in the Gettysburg Campaign


October 22
Brian McEnany and James Lewis
The March of the 2nd Corps to Gettysburg in June 1863


November 19
Philip Leigh
lntersectional Trade During the Civil War


Dec - Holiday Banquet
Dr. Charlie Fennell
Civil War Armies in the Winter



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