speaks on

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
(Note: this is on Wednesday night rather than our usual Tuesday night)

at Ft. McNair Officers' Club, Washington, DC

(see directions here) or (download them in pdf here)

6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar)
7 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture)
Pork Tenderloin, salad, and apple cobbler
8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only)

Reservations required by 5:00 pm, Thursday, November 3rd 

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About the Topic:  “Hell is Being a Republican in Virginia”: The Postwar Relationship Between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant is essentially the story of Mosby and Grant and their search for peace and reconciliation between North and South in the years following the War Between the States.

Bitter enemies during the war – in 1864, Grant had declared, “Where any of Mosby’s men are caught, hang them without trial” – they met in 1872 as Grant was in a fierce contest with Horace Greeley for his second term.  Mosby gave Grant a strategy that helped him win and the two remained close friends for the rest of their lives.

Mosby and his family were spurned by Southerners who felt betrayed by Mosby’s active support of Grant and, after nearly being assassinated in Warrenton, Va. in the fall of 1877, Mosby contacted Grant who used his influence with President Rutherford Hayes to appoint Mosby as U.S. Consul to Hong Kong, where he served for seven years.
Even with the hand of death on him in the summer of 1885, Grant asked his friend Leland Stanford, president of the Southern Pacific Railroad, to find a job for Mosby upon his return from Hong Kong; he did, and Mosby worked as an attorney for the railroad for the next 16 years, until 1901.
That these two giants of their time first reconciled between themselves before  working toward healing the nation’s post-war wounds is instructive for us in the 21st Century, as the need for peace and reconciliation among citizens is greater than perhaps ever before.
About the Speaker: David Goetz owns Mosby's Confederacy Tours, and leads tours in “Mosby's Confederacy,” including Virginia counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Warren and Clarke. 
Mr. Goetz is descended from the family of Chaplain Father James M. Graves, S.J., who served with Generals Joe Johnston and Stonewall Jackson in the Army of Virginia in 1861-62.  He is a past commander of the Black Horse Camp #780, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Fauquier County, Virginia, serving from 2009-13.
Mr. Goetz has a professional background in public relations, sales and marketing, primarily with non-profit organizations.  He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Bellarmin University, Louisville, Kentucky, and a Master of Science degree in Community Development from the University of Louisville.  He is a U.S. Army veteran, received an Honorable Discharge, and lives in Culpeper County, Virginia.

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Members & Guests ONLY
Special Tour of
Gettysburg's "Lost Avenue" & Wolf Hill
with Dean Schultz
Saturday, November 5, 2016
9:00 AM – NOON
“I was fortunate enough to be on a tour of Neill Avenue, aka “Lost Avenue,” with Dean Shultz, it was an outstanding tour.”

Register for the tour or for membership by clicking here HERE

TOUR FEE: $10.00 per person. Payable at registration & non‐refundable. Fee is eligible for tax deduction). Tour proceeds will be donated to the Land Conservancy of Adams County, a member-supported 501c3 nonprofit land trust with a mission of preserving the rural lands and character of Adams County.

TRANSPORT:  You are responsible for your own transportation to Gettysburg. Carpooling is encouraged. You may park in the lot behind the Gettysburg Engineering Company offices at 1621 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

NOTE:  Please take a restroom break BEFORE arriving for the tour, the Visitor Center is just up the road from our starting point and will be open.

ITINERARY:     9:00 AM—Tour will step off promptly from the Gettysburg Engineering Company to cross Baltimore Pike and visit:

·         Peter Baker Farm
·         Neill “Lost” Avenue

                                10:30 AM—Leave Neill Avenue for a tour of Wolf’s Hill (Those wishing to end the tour here, will return to their cars.)

·         John Taney and Zephaniah Taney Farm sites
·         Rock Creek Troop Crossing
·         McAllister Mill site
        (Underground RR site before the war)

IMPORTANT:  This special tour will be a ½ mile uphill hike and return ½ mile hike downhill through fields and woods. It will last about 2 ½- 3 hours. The walking pace will not be rapid as Dean stops to talk at several places.

The terrain can be uneven and rocky in some places so appropriate footwear is a must and, if desired, insect repellent. The first part of the tour, Peter Baker Farm and Neill Lane, is through a mown yard and a grazed pasture and is not terribly difficult. The second part of the tour is over unmaintained trails and more challenging. Those who don’t wish to participate in the Wolf Hill portion of the tour may depart after the visit to Neill Avenue.

MORE ABOUT THE TOUR:  Neill Avenue is known as “Lost Avenue” or “Lost Lane” because it’s virtually surrounded by private property.  Few are fortunate enough to visit it and it is one of the least visited locations at Gettysburg National Military Park. While many don’t even know about it, it’s on the bucket list for many of the battlefield stompers who do. Our guide, Dean Schultz, owns most of the land around Lost Avenue and he has not only given us the privilege of access to it, he’s also kind enough to offer his services as our guide.  He is an expert on the history of what happened here and has guided tours of his property for Civil War Trust, professional tour companies, and many Civil War Round Tables.  

Today the area is quiet and off the beaten path but 150 years ago it was the site of a skirmish between the extreme eastern flanks of the Union and Confederate armies that left more than 20 soldiers dead or wounded. For these soldiers, July 3rd was not about the famous Pickett’s Charge—it was about the skirmishing in the woods and fields on Wolf Hill that killed or wounded more than twenty of their comrades. This was their Battle of Gettysburg.

At dawn July 3, the far right flank of the Union Army and far left of the Confederate Army were west of Rock Creek on Culp’s Hill. As the opposing forces jockeyed for advantageous positions, the Confederates moved a strong skirmish force of North Carolinians and Virginians to the east side of Rock Creek on Wolf Hill. They were to engage and work their way around what was then the extreme Union right flank near Spangler's Spring. These men belonged to General George "Maryland" Steuart's Brigade and the famous Stonewall Brigade—a skirmish line to be reckoned with! The Virginians and North Carolinians took position and sniped from rocks and trees on Zephaniah Taney's farm. Soon, two Union regiments, then four, belonging to General Thomas Neill's Sixth Corps brigade also moved to the east side of the creek to protect the Baltimore Pike—Meade’s line of communication, supply, and retreat. As the 2nd Virginia changed positon to meeting his advance, Neill took a position along a stone wall on a rise. Neill successfully halted  the 2nd Virginia’s advance.

Join us as eminent Gettysburg historian Dean Shultz takes us for a private tour of Neill Avenue and Wolf’s Hill to learn about the vital role Neill’s Brigade played on July 3, 1863 and the fighting that occurred there. You will see what the park “avenues” looked like in the 1880’s. A trip to the Lost Avenue is a walk back in time and many historians consider this area the most pristine area remaining on the battlefield.

 Our first stop will be the Baker Farm on the east side of the Baltimore Pike.  The house stood during the battle.  The Bakers had the farm in their family for more than a couple of generations, and many of the stories Dean will tell us were stories he heard as a child from the Bakers who had spoken directly to veterans returning to Gettysburg after the war. We will hike up the hill behind the Baker farm to see the monuments and stone wall of Neill Avenue. We will then proceed to the top of Wolf Hill and view the remnants of the John Taney Farm and the Zephaniah Taney Farm before we head down to Rock Creek to see where troops crossed. You will get a view of Spangler’s Spring and Spangler’s Meadow from across Rock Creek, something most folks don’t get to see.

The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia was founded in 1951 with authors Bruce Catton and Virgil Carrington "Pat" Jones among its founding members. Its purpose is to stimulate and expand interest in the military, political and sociological history of the United States and particularly the Civil War. It is also committed to preserving historical sites and landmarks through initiatives such as, among others, its annual Edwin C. Bearss Award. Among its achievements, the Round Table spawned the National Civil War Centennial Commission. 

The Round Table meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September to June at the Fort Lesley J. McNair Officers' Club in Washington, D.C. (formerly the Washington Arsenal and the execution site for the Lincoln conspirators). We have dinner followed by a presentation by a noted author or scholar on a topic related to the U.S. Civil War.  Recent speakers include: Ed Bearss, Frank Cooling, Fergus Bordewich, Buzz Carnahan, Bud Robertson, Edna Greene Medford, Greg Mertz, Chandra Manning, Frank O'Reilly, Gary Adelman and Gail Stephens, to name only a few.

We welcome members and non-members alike -- whether you are a Civil War history buff or have only recently begun studying this conflict -- to join us for dinner and the speaker presentation. Reservations are required for dinner and a fee is charged. Or you are welcome to skip dinner and only attend the speaker presentation. For more information about our meetings and for directions, click on the "MEETINGS / TOURS" tab above. 

The Round Table also sponsors visits to battlefield sites, an annual tour, and other events.  Recent tours have featured Vicksburg, Chancellorsville, the Lost Avenue, Appomattox, Chickamauga, the Valley Campaign, Antietam, Petersburg, Culp's Hill and Daniel Lady Farm, and many more.

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Schedule of Meeting Speakers 2016-2017
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DATE              SPEAKER              TENTATIVE TOPIC

Sept. 13, 2016    George Franks III     Falling Waters Battle
Oct. 11, 2016      Ed Bearss                 George Armstrong Custer
Nov. 9, 2016       David Goetz              Mosby/Grant Post War
Dec. 13, 2016     Dwight Hughes        The CSS Shenandoah
Jan. 10, 2017     Scott Patchan           Early/Sheridan & the Valley
Feb. 15, 2017     Noah Trudeau           Lincoln at City Point
Mar. 14, 2017     Tom Perry                 J.E.B. Stuart
Apr. 11, 2017      Bill Backus               Bristoe Station Campaign
May 9, 2017        Perry Jamieson        Winfield Scott Hancock
June 13, 2017    Stan Schneider         Alexander Webb

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