Next Meeting: TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013 at the Ft. McNair Officers Club.

JAMES ‘BUD’ ROBERTSON will be our speaker and his topic will be THE UNTOLD CIVIL WAR: EXPLORING THE HUMAN SIDE OF WAR. Reservations required.

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 and charge $5 to cover travel costs for our speakers.) To make reservations or for more information, call or email John Restall (703)[masked], [masked] .

Was Gettysburg a tactical success, or was the outcome determined by a far more mundane factor: access to fresh water? How did the need to spread information about the dead and wounded give rise to the U.S. Postal Service? Did President Lincoln really age so dramatically during the course of the war, or was a rare disease to blame for the shocking difference in images of him from before and during the war? From overlooked elements, such as the role of weather, health, and high emotions, to the world-changing effect of the rise of female workers, to the many "firsts" including the introduction of standard time, pre-sized clothing, canned goods, toilets, and Santa Claus, Bud Robertson in The Untold Civil War reveals new facets of a seemingly well-known slice of American history.

Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., is a lecturer and historian on the American Civil War. A noted scholar and educator, Robertson retired in the Spring of 2011 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as Alumni Distinguished Professor in History. He spent 43 years in the classroom and a Civil War era class taught by Dr. Robertson claimed an enrollment of 250 students, the largest of its kind in the country.

Robertson’s reputation extends well beyond the Blacksburg, VA Campus.
Raised in Danville, VA he earned his bachelor’s degree at Randolph-Macon College, his master’s degree and his PhD at Emory University. He went to earn his Litt.D. at Randolph-Macon. The recipient of every major award in the field of Civil War history, he has appeared on venues such as The History Channel and the Arts & Entertainment Network. Robertson is the author of many books including Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend; General A. P. Hill: The Story of a Confederate Warrior; and Robert E. Lee: Virginian Soldier, American Citizen and most recently Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of War.

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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