Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg

April 25, 2018
May 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
University of Mary Washington Jepson Alumni Executive Center
Jepson Alumni Executive Center
1119 Hanover St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Roger Leturno
(540) 361-2105
Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg @ University of Mary Washington Jepson Alumni Executive Center | Fredericksburg | Virginia | United States

Historians Rob Orrison and Bill Backus will give their presentation on “War on the Potomac”. It’s a period and event in the Civil War that so few people know anything about. The results of the blockade, had enormous repercussions during the war and had a huge impact on how the Lincoln administration conducted the war in the east for the first two years as well as foreign policy.

Rob Orrison has been working in the history field for more than 20 years. He has a wide range of interests and has worked in museums and historic sites that range from the Colonial era to the Civil War era and the early 20th Century. Born and raised in Loudoun County, Virginia, Rob’s interest in history and the field of public history stem from his childhood living in Mosby’s Confederacy.

Rob received his Bachelor’s Degree in Historic Preservation at Longwood College (now University) and received his Master’s Degree in Public History from George Mason University. Rob has worked at Petersburg National Battlefield, Sully Plantation and, since 2006, with the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division as historic site manager of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center, Ben Lomond Historic Site, and Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Now he serves as the Historic Site Operations Supervisor, overseeing day-to-day operations, programs, and events of all Prince William County-owned historic sites. His published works include “A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign” (Savas Beatie, 2015), ‘Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign” (Savas Beatie, 2016) “War on the Potomac, 1861-1862” (Blue and Gray Magazine, 2016) and “A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution.

Bill Backus, a native of Connecticut, graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation. Mr. Backus is currently working for multiple Civil War sites in Northern Virginia, including the Prince William Historic Preservation Division (alongside his wife Paige). He is the Historic Site Manager at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, as well as the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. Mr. Backus has also worked for the National Park Service at Vicksburg National Military Park and Petersburg National Battlefield. Bill and Paige (and their dog, Barley) reside in historic Brentsville, Virginia.

The bar opens at 5:45 pm. Social begins at 6 pm. Dinner is at 6:45 pm. The program starts around 7:30 pm and usually concludes by 9 pm. Please make your reservations for our May 23rd meeting by Friday, May 18, 2018, either by phone (540) 361-2105 or email Late reservations can usually be accepted, but it can present difficulties in food preparation.

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