Our Next Meeting: “The Final Invasion: Jubal Early, 1864"

"The Final Invasion: Jubal Early, 1864"

Gail Stephens will be our speaker.

Reservations required and DEADLINE is the morning of June 6. To make reservations or for more information, call or email John Restall (703)[masked], [masked]

6 PM Cash Bar, 7 PM Dinner, 8 PM Lecture. Dinner is optional and costs $30. You must pay for your dinner reservations unless cancelled at least 24 hours in advance. We encourage attendance for the speaker’s lecture only, $5 charge to help with travel costs for our speakers.

In 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 of veteran troops to reinforce Grant.  The Union high command in Washington refused to believe the first 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 cam-paign is one of the most exciting and potentially most momentous of the Civil War.

About Our Speaker: Gail 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 Monocacy, Major General Lew Wallace, and the 1864 Maryland campaign, and gives battle-field tours. In 2002, she won the National Park Service’s E.W. Peterkin award for her contributions to public understanding of Civil War history. Gail is on the board of the General Lew Wallace Study Museum and chairs the board of the Western Maryland Interpretive Association, which is responsible for the book-stores at Antietam and Monocacy. She has written articles on Lew Wallace and Early’s 1864 invasion of the North for various Civil War publications. Her book on Wallace’s Civil War career, Shadow of Shiloh, published by the Indiana His-torical 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.

DIRECTIONS: Fort McNair is located at 4th and P streets, SW, near the Waterfront/Marina. Some landmarks are the Waterfront Metro, the EPA building at Waterside Mall, Arena Stage. Visitors must use the 2nd Street Entrance to enter the installation.

Coming from Virginia (South) via the 14th Street Bridge:
Take 95 North to 395 North going into Washington, DC. Go over the 14th Street bridge staying to the left. The road splits - left to route 1 and right to 395 North. Stay to the left but after the split get in the right lane. There is a right exit for Maine Avenue. At the light turn left. Stay straight on Maine Avenue - Waterfront is on the right. Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront metro/Waterside Mall/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the road dead ends at the front gate of McNair. This entrance will be closed, so proceed on P Street following the brick wall to the stop sign at 2nd Street SW and turn right. Entrance to the base is approximately a block down on the right. The military police at the gate will give you directions to the Officers' Club.

Coming from Virginia (West) via I-66:
Take Independence Avenue along the Tidal Basin. Follow signs for Maine Avenue. Stay straight on Maine Avenue - Waterfront is on the right. Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage, which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront metro/Waterside Mall/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the road dead ends at the front gate of McNair. This entrance will be closed, so proceed on P Street following the brick wall to the stop sign at 2nd Street SW and turn right. Entrance to the base is approximately a block down on the right. The military police at the gate will give you directions to the Officers' Club.

Coming from Maryland:
Take 95 South toward Viginia. Just before the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, take 295 toward Washington, DC. Exit at South Capitol Street. Go over the Fredrick Douglas Bridge. Get in the right lane. Make a left at the light onto M Street. (This takes you over South Capitol Street). Turn left on 4th Street (Waterfront metro/Waterside Mall/Safeway is on the right). Go through one light and then the road dead ends at the front gate of Fort McNair.This entrance will be closed, so proceed on P Street following the brick wall to the stop sign at 2nd Street SW and turn right. Entrance to the base is approximately a block down on the right. The military police at the gate will give you directions to the Officers' Club.

Coming from Northwest DC:
From Constitution Ave. going east toward the Capitol, turn right on 7th street, which brings you to Maine Ave. Turn left on Maine Ave. (The Waterfront is in front of you if you went straight). Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage, which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront metro/Waterside Mall/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the road dead ends at the front gate of McNair. This entrance will be closed, so proceed on P Street following the brick wall to the stop sign at 2nd Street SW and turn right. Entrance to the base is approximately a block down on the right. The military police at the gate will give you directions to the Officers' Club.

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  • Erin H.

    PANIC! My pooch is sick...I have to take her to the vet. Please tell me where I can send the check, since I had signed up for the dinner. Sorry for the trouble!!

    June 10, 2014

  • Susan C.

    Yes, official RSVPs are to John Restall as indicated in the Meetup announcement. So, most folks don't RSVP at the Meetup site. We generally have 30-40 people at meetings. I am trying to get them to use this for meeting RSVPs but I can't even get most of our long standing members to sign up! :+(

    June 10, 2014

  • Erin H.

    Hi...dumb question, please: will we still have this even though just a couple of people are attending, please? Hope so! Thanks!

    June 10, 2014

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