On October 12 Kent Masterson Brown spoke to the Round Table on the subject of his latest book, Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command. Kent examined Meade's record from the time he took command on June 28, 1863, through the Battle of Gettysburg, then to the pursuit of Lee's retreating army across the Potomac.
Kent discussed in some detail the poor condition of the Army of the Potomac - with special emphasis on the army's supply problems - which Meade inherited when he was ordered to take command. He explained why his army marched to meet the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg instead of holding a line at Pipe Creek as he originally planned.
The talk concluded with an analysis of the state of Meade's force when it faced the Confederates' defense at Falling Waters in mid-July.
Our speaker in November will be Stephen Davis, winner of the Round Table's Richard Barksdale Harwell for the best book on a Civil War subject in 2020.
Round Table Members
Tour Cheatham Hill
On September 18 Michael Shaffer led a group of Round Table members and others on a tour of Cheatham Hill at Kennesaw Mountain, where the Federal brigade under Gen. Dan McCook attacked a strong Confederate position on July 27, 1864.
Go here for more pics of this tour and for information on our upcoming trip to Chattanooga.
Two Video Book Reports Now Available
The Richard Barksdale Harwell Award Committee has begun to produce videos reviewing books that have been considered for the prestigious award. “We have always publicized the books chosen for the annual award,” said committee chairman Gary Barnes, “and with this new service we will also tell our members and others about the many other fine works on the Civil War that have been nominated.”
Barnes added that committee members may also produce reviews of other works as well. “We don’t need to limit ourselves to those nominated for the Harwell Award. There are also many other very worthy books.”
Click here for the review of Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood by Stephen Davis, done by Bob Fugate.
Click here for the review of The Union Assaults on Vicksburg, by Timothy B. Smith, also done by Bob Fugate.
The Atlanta Civil War Round Table was organized
in 1949 with the intent purpose to further the serious discussion and study of
the American Civil War.
Atlanta Civil War Round Table