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2021 2022 Program Year

August 25, 2021


Speaker: John Launius

John Lanius is originally from Newport News, Virginia.  Shortly after he was born, his family moved to Arkansas and later to Wisconsin. John enlisted into the Wisconsin Army National Guard after high school and completed his basic and advance training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After graduation, he entered the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, WI, where initially majored in mechanical engineering; however, he found it a poor fit, so switched majors to his real passion, history.

In 2014, John's college studies were abruptly interrupted when his National Guard Unit deployed to Afghanistan. His unit spent nine months providing artillery support for US and Coalition forces. After completing his combat tour in Afghanistan, John returned home and began an internship at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Over the next three months, John fell in love with the mission of the National Park Service and historical interpretation.

Once his internship at Fredericksburg ended, he returned to Wisconsin for his final semester of college and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in History. Shortly after, he was hired at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, in Eads, Colorado, where he remained for just over three years. In 2019 John had the good luck and good fortune to return to Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania, this time as a full-time permanent employee. 

September 22, 2021


Speaker: MAJ (R) Bruce "Doc" Norton & MSG (R) Phillip Gibbons

Distinguished Marine Corps historians Bruce H. Norton and Phillip Gibbons present the most accurate picture of the United States Marine Corps at the onset of the American Civil War and describes the actions of the Marines at the Battle of First Manassas, or as the Union called it, Bull Run. To tell the story of the actions of the U.S. Marines in the Manassas Campaign, Bruce and Phillip begin with Marine actions in October 1859 at Harpers Ferry, where they were instrumental in suppressing John Brown’s raid on the town’s Federal Armory and attempted slave insurrection. The Marines were the only professional fighting force that could respond immediately when the call for assistance came to retake the Armory, which Brown’s men had seized. The Marines were led by highly professional and well-trained officers and noncommissioned officers who represented a decades-old standard of excellence well established by the eve of the Civil War. The presenters then discuss Marine actions at the Battle of First Manassas, the Civil War’s first battle, on July 21, 1861, a story that has never been adequately or accurately told. In both engagements, the Marines proved that they were “at all times ready,” as the Corps remains to this very day.

October 27, 2021


Speaker: Gregg Clemmer

Gregg Clemmer’s meticulous research over a dozen years discovered two notable caches of General Edward Johnson’s letters and a treasure trove of primary records. General Johnson’s life is equated to life in the 1800s, to include the Civil War, Mexican War, Seminole Indian War, Plains Wars, and Grattan Massacre of 1854. Greg’s biography, Old Alleghany: The Life and Wars of General Edward Johnson, won the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award as the book of highest merit in the field of Southern history.

November 17, 2021


Speaker: Gordon Rhea

More than a century and a half has elapsed since the Army of the Potomac crossed the James River and Baldy Smith’s 18th Corps pressed toward Petersburg, aiming to sever the Army of Northern Virginia’s main supply line.  The six weeks of combat preceding the movement on Petersburg represents the most intense continuous bout of warfare the continent has ever witnessed.  Each side’s premier general – Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee – matched wits and endurance in a campaign of combat and maneuver from the Rapidan River to the James.  Packed into those six horrific weeks were the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, the North Anna River, and Cold Harbor. 

Gordon Rhea talk will present an appraisal of Grant’s and Lee’s generalship during the Overland Campaign, as the meeting engagement between these two talented warriors is popularly called.  The focus will be on the campaign’s final days at Cold Harbor and Grant’s decision to pry Lee from his formidable earthworks by slicing the Army of Northern Virginia’s main supply line at Petersburg.  The story is one of the most exciting in the annals of American military history.


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