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BCWRT meets on the first Tuesday of the month September through June Registration opens at 6:30 Program starts at 7:00 Hatch Auditorium, Baptist Assembly, Caswell Beach

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"Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle," Chris Mackowski

Date: 
May 30 2017 - 7:00pm

The Tuesday, May 30th meeting of the Round Table will be the last meeting before the June through August break. The meeting will feature returning guest historian Chris Mackowski, Ph.D. The title of his presentation is, “Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle.”

Chris is co-founder and editor-in-chief of “Emerging Civil War” and managing editor of the “Emerging Civil War Series.” He is professor of journalism and mass communications at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, and historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia. He has also worked as a historian for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he gives tours at for major Civil War battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania). Chris has authored or co-authored a dozen books on the Civil War, and his articles have appeared in all the major Civil War magazines, including “Civil War Times,” America’s Civil War,” “Hallowed Ground,” and “Blue & Gray.” He also serves on the national advisory board for the Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The Round Table is fortunate to have Chris return because those who attended his previous presentation on February 2, 2016 will recall he received a standing ovation following his animated and dynamic presentation on the last days of Stonewall Jackson.  This will be a meeting not to be missed, since it will also be the last meeting until meetings resume on Tuesday, September 5th. 

The focus of his presentation took place in May, 1864, when Confederate forces clashed with the advancing Union Army in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. The battle lasted almost two weeks and included some of the bloodiest fighting of the Civil War. The battle pitted General Ulysses S. Grant’s Union forces against General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The detailed movement and military tactics employed by Grant and Lee will be highlighted, with special attention given to the Union assaults as part of the battle known as the “Mule Shoe” and “Bloody Angle,” a section of the Confederate salient. After two weeks of fighting, the armies disengaged without a clear victory, but tactically Lee failed to stop Grant’s drive south toward the Confederate capital of Richmond. The battle cost 18,000 Union and 11,000 Confederate casualties, including nearly 20 hours of brutal hand-to-hand combat. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO SCHEDULING ISSUES WITH HATCH AUDITORIUM THE JUNE MEETING WILL BE HELD ON MAY 30 AT HATCH.