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2018 2019 Program Year

September 26, 2018

Topic: General Ulysses S. Grant in Character

Our September meeting is our first of the 2018-2019 Program Year. On September 26th, Brian Withrow will present "General Ulysses S. Grant in Character". This is a change to the previously published schedule and I am confident you will find General Grant as interesting and informative as the Lees. I look forward to the Union Commander's visit.

Grant laid plans for the major features of what he called "sanguinary war". He and General Sherman pored over maps and planned simultaneous attacks with Richmond and Atlanta, the armies of Lee and Johnston, as targets. The new strategy was reducible to two points: unity of command and "attrition of power of the Confederate armies by a continuous series of battles." By mid-April 1864 Grant had issued specific orders to each commander of the Federal armies that were to execute the grand strategy. In round numbers, the Union armies were sending 300,000 combat troops against 150,000 Confederates defending the invasion paths.

Impressionist Brian Withrow portrays Ulysses S. Grant in 1864-65 from the period of his appointment to the rank of Lieutenant General to the end of the war.

Brian Withrow was born in Carrollton, Illinois, to an Air Force father. Brian spent his early years on the move until settling long-term in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brian graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology-Archaeology from Northern Arizona University in 1987 and concurrently earned a commission in the United States Air Force through the AFROTC Program. Brian retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving over 20 years as a Munitions & Aircraft Maintenance Officer of distinguished accomplishment in positions at Headquarters, United States Air Force, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and as a Munitions Squadron Commander at Ellsworth AFB. While serving on active duty, he pursued an interest in graphics and multimedia presentation and graduated with a Master's Degree in Information Technology.

Over the past fifteen years performing as a historical reenactor and impressionists, Brian fulfilled a personal devotion to public edification on the experiences of the ordinary soldier during the American Revolution and the Civil War through interactive presentation. He's performed thousands of hours of volunteer service for living history programs at nationally renowned historic sites operated by the National Park Service, State and Local Historic Parks, and Private Museums. Brian has conducted lectures, demonstrations, and historical vignettes to present soldier's personal reflections obtained through research of letters, diaries, and other primary sources. He's stimulated an understanding of inanimate artifacts on display in exhibits through observable and/or interactive demonstration of their use. Brian has served as a Military Staff organizer, advisor, and participant in numerous battle reenactments, including the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg.

He served as a director on the board of the Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites working on the creation of the Stafford Civil War Park that opened in April 2013. Brian resides in Stafford Virginia with his wife, Nancy.

John Harris
President

October 24, 2018

Topic: Maps of the Battle of Fredericksburg

Our October program is our second of the 2018-2019 Program Year, which runs from September 2018 through June 2019. On October 24th, Dr. Bradley Gottfried will present his program "Maps of the Battle of Fredericksburg".

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brad Gottfried earned his Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University and has spent the last 37 years as an educator in higher education. He has served as a full-time faculty member, department head, campus dean, chief academic officer and president. He served as President of Sussex County Community College (NJ) and College of Southern Maryland for the past 16 years.

In his free time, Dr. Gottfried is a civil war historian. His early writing primarily centered on the Battle of Gettysburg, and he wrote 5 books on this topic. He has also written two brigade-level histories. His current "niche" is map books, where he thoroughly describes campaigns through the use of maps. Six books have been published in this series: Gettysburg, First Bull Rum, Antietam, Bristoe/Mine Run, the Wilderness and Fredericksburg. Dr. Gottfried also serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust (CVBT).

Brad is married to his wife, Linda, and between them, they have four grown children and six grandchildren. The Gottfried's live in Gettysburg.

John Harris
President

November 14, 2018

Topic: Confederate Generals’ Uniforms

Our November program is our third of the 2018-2019 Program Year. On November 14th, Richard Lewis, NPS, will present his program “Confederate Generals’ Uniforms”. Details found in Civil War photography sometimes yield big surprises. For Richard Lewis, a lifelong student of Confederate generals and a uniform enthusiast, a seemingly insignificant detail in a general's studio portrait led to a five-year (and counting) project and two articles in Civil War Times magazine. This talk takes an illustrated look at the uniform of the generals of the Confederacy and a step-by-step discovery of a big secret that eluded historians for more than a century. Mr. Lewis is the retired Director of National Media Relations for Virginia Tourism Corporation, is the Secretary and Board Member of Civil War Trails, Inc., and was liaison to the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission (2010-2015. Mr. Lewis has authored articles in “Civil War Times” and “Hallowed Ground” magazines. Mr. Lewis graduated in 1978 from Louisiana State University with a BA in History.

John Harris
President

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