Our meetings are on the third (3rd) Monday of each month at the Snelling Center at Goodwill Industries, 3165 Washington Rd at Furys Ferry Road. Dinner begins promptly at 6:00 pm. Dinner is buffet prepared by Edgar's Restaurant. Cost to attend is $15.00,which includes dinner,drink,tax and tip.
Registration opens at 5pm, along with the cash bar. The serving line for the buffet dinner opens at 5:15pm. We find most people arrive between 5:15 and 5:30 to enjoy a time of visitation before the meeting begins.
Remember, it is $15.00 to attend the meeting, whether you eat or not. The food, prepared by Edgar's, gets high ratings.
Meetings adjourn no later than 8:00 pm, so you can have a good dinner, visit with some very nice people, hear a great presentation and be on your way home by 8:00pm.
Dues are $25 a year for an individual and $40.00 for a couple. Guests are welcome and may attend their first meeting at no charge (other than your meal). On the second visit we require you join and pay the appropriate dues.
We hope to see you soon!
Speakers for 2017
JANUARY 16 BOB YOUNG, retired journalist, historian and author, discusses the brutal murder of a
freedwoman in Taliaferro County during Reconstruction, which is the basis for his forthcoming book,
“Hand of the Wicked”.
FEBRUARY 20 LEN RIEDEL, executive director of the Blue and Gray Education Society presents on
Civil War Battlefield Tours. A retired Air Force officer, he is the architect of the BGES’ programming and
of considerable preservation accomplishments.
MARCH 20 ED BEARSS, an evening with the National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus and
nationally recognized battlefield guide. Ed has been nominated for a Congressional Gold Medal in
recognition of his contributions to preservation of American Civil War history.
APRIL 17 VINCE DOOLEY board member of the Civil War Trust, presents on his new Civil War book
“Leading From the Front”. Coach Dooley is former Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at the
University of Georgia and a former Marine.
MAY 15 CANDICE SHY HOOPER, author, presents on her book: “Lincoln’s General’s Wives:
Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War for Better and Worse.” A former press secretary to U. S. Rep.
Charlie Wilson (movie: Charlie Wilson’s War), she has appeared on CSPAN and has been reviewed in the
New York Times.
JUNE 19 GERALD PROKOPOWICZ, Chair of the History Department, East Carolina University in
Greenville, N. C. presents on his book, “Did Lincoln Own Slaves And Other Frequently Asked Questions
About Abraham Lincoln”
JULY 17 MATTHEW BOROWICK, Associate Vice President for Alumni and Government
Relations at Seton Hall University and columnist for Civil War News, presents on the “Court Martial of
Fitz John Porter,” who after the Battle of Second Manassas was blamed for the Union defeat
AUGUST 21 BRIAN JORDAN, Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University. Dr.
Jordan is the author of “Marching Home: Union Veterans and their Unending Civil War,” a narrative
history of the men who won the war but could not bear the peace. The book was a finalist for the 2016
Pulitzer Prize in History and won the George Washington Egleston Prize for best U. S. history dissertation
SEPTEMBER 18 JAMES I. “BUD” ROBERTSON, often seen on CSPAN, Dr. Robertson is Alumni
Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech and author of “Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The
Soldier, The Legend”, the basis for the movie Gods and Generals. He is the recipient of every major
award given in the Civil War field, a lecturer of national acclaim and a collaborator with National
Geographic on Civil War publications.
OCTOBER 16 JACK DAVIS, professor of history at Virginia Tech and Director of Programs at that
school's Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, returns to present on "Love Amid the Ruins: The Romance
of Nannie Radford and General Gabriel Wharton, CSA." A master storyteller, Dr. Davis has authored or
edited more than 40 nationally acclaimed Civil War books.
NOVEMBER 20 ROBERT E. BONNER, Chair of the Department of History at Dartmouth College,
presents on a biographical study of Confederate Vice-President Alexander H. Stephens titled: “Master of