Civil War Round Table

Civil War Round Table
Tuesday, June 14, 2022


Civil War Round Tables are a valuable source in preserving our nation's history. They are independent organizations that share a common interest in studying the American Civil War. There are hundreds of these throughout the U.S. and some abroad. The Civil War Round Table of Charottesville meets the 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm at The Center. It is open to Roundtable and Center members. Center members, please RSVP below:

August 9 Meeting
Join William S. Connery as he presents Rebel Raiders on the High Seas
        In the 1850s, Stephen R. Mallory was Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Naval Affairs. When his state of Florida left the Union in early 1861, he joined the Confederacy and was appointed Secretary of the Navy. Because no one else cared that much about naval policy, Mallory was able to shape naval doctrine. After viewing the disparity between the shipbuilding and other manufacturing facilities of the Confederacy and those of the Union, he set forth a fourfold naval plan:
·        Send out commerce raiders to destroy the enemy’s mercantile marine.
·        Build ironclad vessels in Southern shipyards for defensive purposes.
·        Obtain by purchase or construction abroad armored ships capable of fighting on the seas.
·        Employ new weapons and techniques of warfare.
The talk focuses on Mallory’s three most successful commerce raiders: the CSS Florida, Alabama and Shenandoah.
In 2012, Mr. Connery was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal, from the Fairfax Chapter of the UDC, for his History Press book Civil War Northern Virginia 1861. His other book, Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia, deals with the Gray Ghost of the Confederacy, and his amazing life before, during, and after the War! He is a member of the Company of Military Historians and a frequently requested speaker in the Washington DC metro region.




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