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From before the first shot to after the last, the U.S. Civil War captivates many who are interested in not only studying its battles and leaders, but also grappling with the difficult questions raised by its events and consequences. The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia brings together a wide variety of people united by a joint love of history. We study all aspects of the War – military, political, and sociological – and the impact on our nation. The speaker presentations at our meetings and our visits to battlefields and historic sites (both in and outside the DC Metro region) add to our knowledge and understanding of this conflict.

Our Round Table is also committed to preserving our Civil War historic sites and battlefields by taking an active role in ensuring these landmarks are available for future generations to appreciate and learn from. We support this aspect of our mission in part through the presentation of our annual "Edwin C. Bearss Award" to an historic site or preservation organization. In recent years, we have made donations in support of the Civil War Trust, the Richmond Battlefield Association, Friends of Chickamauga, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, the Longstreet Society, Friends of Franklin , the Land Conservancy of Adams County (PA), and the Gettysburg Foundation.

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Kate Masur To Speak About John E. Washington's "They Knew Lincoln" - 2/12/2019

The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia And The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia jointly and proudly sponsor: KATE MASUR who will speak about "They Knew Lincoln: The Research of John E. Washington" Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in the Ballroom at Patton Hall Officers' Club, 214 Jackson Avenue, Ft. Myer, VA 22211 6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar) 6:45 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture) 8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only) Reservations Due By February 4, 5pm ET SEE THE INSTRUCTIONS AT http://cwrtdc-meetings.blogspot.com/ TO MAKE AND PAY FOR RESERVATIONS AND ABOUT HOW TO ENTERFORT MYER. About the Topic: Originally published in 1942 and now reprinted for the first time, "They Knew Lincoln" is a classic in African American history and Lincoln studies. Part memoir and part history, the book is an account of John E. Washington's childhood among African Americans in Washington, DC, and of the black people who knew or encountered Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Washington recounted stories told by his grandmother's elderly friends; stories of escaping from slavery, meeting Lincoln in the Capitol, learning of the president's assassination, and hearing ghosts at Ford's Theatre. He also mined the U.S. government archives and researched little-known figures in Lincoln's life, including William Johnson, who accompanied Lincoln from Springfield to Washington, and William Slade, the steward in Lincoln's White House. Washington was fascinated from childhood by the question of how much African Americans themselves had shaped Lincoln's views on slavery and race, and he believed Lincoln's Haitian-born barber, William de Fleurville, was a crucial influence. Washington also extensively researched Elizabeth Keckly, the dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln, and he advanced a new theory of who helped her write her controversial book, Behind the Scenes. A new introduction by Kate Masur places Washington's book in its own context, explaining the contents of They Knew Lincoln in light of not only the era of emancipation and the Civil War, but also Washington's own times, when the nation's capital was a place of great opportunity and creativity for members of the African American elite. On publication, a reviewer noted that the "collection of Negro stories, memories, legends about Lincoln" seemed "to fill such an obvious gap in the material about Lincoln that one wonders why no one ever did it before." This edition brings it back to print for a twenty-first century readership that remains fascinated with Abraham Lincoln. About the Speaker: Kate Masur received her Ph.D from the University of Michigan in 2001 and is a professor in the Department of History at Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. She specializes in the history of the 19th-century United States, focusing on how Americans grappled with questions of race and equality after the abolition of slavery in both the North and South. She is a faculty affiliate of the Department of African American Studies and is the author of "An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C." (2010) and numerous articles on emancipation and black politics during and after the Civil War. For more information about Dr. Masure, visit www.cwrtdc.org Sources: https://www.history.northwestern.edu/people/faculty/core-faculty/kate-masur.html http://www.lincolngroup.org/feb2019.html ____________________________________________ For information about the Round Table and to apply for membership, see the Tab marked "About Us/ Membership Information" at www.cwrtdc.org

Next Meeting: Perry Jamieson Speaks About "Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock" 5/9/17

R E M I N D E R: DEADLINE FOR MAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THE DINNER IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, AT 5:00 PM ET. CWRTDC'S NEXT MEETING: PERRY D. JAMIESON speaks on "GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK" Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Ft. McNair Officers' Club, Washington, DC (see directions here) (http://cwrtdc-meetings.blogspot.com/p/directions.html) or (download them in pdf here) (http://files.cwrtdc.org/Directions-Map.xps) 6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar) 7 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture) 8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only) Reservations required by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, May 3rd SEE THE INSTRUCTIONS AT http://cwrtdc-meetings.blogspot.com/ TO MAKE RESERVATIONS AND REMIT PAYMENT If you have any problems making reservations online or would like to know about alternatives to making reservations or payments online, please email [masked] ([masked]) < [masked] > About the Topic: General Winfield Scott Hancock gained his greatest fame for his crucial contributions to the Federal victory at Gettysburg in July of 1863. Union veterans remembered Hancock as a general who led from the front and whose forceful presence could change the course of a battle. In addition to his service in the Civil War, though, the General's military service included experiences during the Mexican-American War, Reconstruction, and the Indian wars. He also pursued a national political career, which ended in an unsuccessful try for the presidency in 1880. Dr. Jamieson’s talk will introduce the General as an American soldier who put his mark on many of the important military and political events of his lifetime. It will highlight topics covered n his 2003 book, Winfield Scott Hancock: Gettysburg Hero. Dr. ”Jamieson handles well the details of Hancock's wartime rise to fame as ‘Hancock the Superb,’ as he does the rest of the general's Civil War service," wrote John E. Deppen on the Civil War News Web site. David Fitzpatrick, writing in the Journal of Military History, noted that the book is for the general public and "will be of value to those who have a casual interest in the Civil War." About the Author: Dr. Perry D. Jamieson, was born in Detroit, Michigan, and spent his boyhood in one of its suburbs, Farmington. He grew up reading Bruce Catton (one of our Round Table’s founder’s), T. Harry Williams, and other historians of the Civil War centennial era. Dr. Jamieson’s parents encouraged his interest in history and they gave him his first look at the Antietam battlefield, on a summer vacation trip. That memorable visit made the battle seem more real to him. The terrain of Sharpsburg’s farms and the words on the War Department tablets reinforced the historical accounts that he had read. The experience confirmed in his young mind that there really had been a Battle of Antietam: it wasn’t a story made up by Bruce Catton and other writers. Throughout his career, Dr. Jamieson has always has enjoyed meeting people with an interest in the American past and in historic preservation. The Antietam battlefield has been the scene of a number of milestones in his life. For example, he met Stephanie Deats at Michigan State, they married, and spent part of their honeymoon at Antietam. “Ever since then,” Dr. Jamieson reports, “I’ve had people—especially women--tell me that it was an odd thing for me to drag a new wife to a Civil War battlefield. I’ve never understood that. Antietam is a much better place to visit than Niagara Falls.” Dr. Jamieson received his Ph.D in history from Wayne State University, taught at the University of Texas, and served as the historian at the Air Force History Support Office, in Washington, DC. He has also lectured at the U.S. Defense Department's Joint Military Intelligence College, and he was appointed fellow to the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation. In fact, Dr. Jamieson studied under Grady McWhiney, a noted Civil War historian, and he wrote his first book with McWhiney, entitled Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage. The book is considered a significant work on Civil War military tactics. Dr. Jamieson's other books include Crossing the Deadly Ground: United States Army Tactics,[masked], University of Alabama Press (Tuscaloosa, AL), 1994; Death in September: The Antietam Campaign, Ryan Place Publishers (Forth Worth, TX), 1995; and of course, Winfield Scott Hancock: Gettysburg Hero, McWhiney Foundation Press (Abilene, TX), 2003. In addition to his books on the Civil War, Dr. Jamieson has written about U.S. Air Force history. For example, in Lucrative Targets: The U.S. Air Force in the Kuwaiti Theater of Operations, he provides a look at the U.S. Air Force's involvement in the U.S. war with Iraq in the early 1990s, particularly focusing on the force's contribution to two operations: Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After ending his Air Force career, Dr. Jamieson and Stephanie moved to Sharpsburg, where he now spends time hiking his favorite place, the Antietam battlefield. He has always been impressed with the sharp contrast between the area‘s past and present. On September 17, 1862 the Antietam valley was the terrifying scene of horrific events. Today it’s a reassuring landscape of peaceful fields. “I’ve seen a lot of battlefields,” Dr. Jamieson says, “ones in the United States and elsewhere--Marston Moor, Culloden, Waterloo, and many others. None of them takes hold of me the way that Antietam does.” He is concerned that, as historian Grady McWhiney once put it, “Americans are in danger of losing their history.” He has warned, “If we don’t preserve the Antietam battlefield, a crucial part of our national past will disappear forever. We can’t let that happen. . ..” Sources: http://shaf.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/SHAF_ENL_dec.pdf http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/jamieson-perry-d-1947 https://www.amazon.com/Winfield-Scott-Hancock-Gettysburg-Commanders/dp/1893114392/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Spring-1865,676237.aspx ____________________________________________ For information about the Round Table and to apply for membership, see the Tab above marked "About Us/ Membership Information" or click HERE (http://cwrtdc-newsletters.blogspot.com/)

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