The Hagerstown Civil War Round Table will be featuring a talk about personal interest stories at the battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864 by Mike Priest. This was the first clash between Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and occurred in a dense, secondary growth forest west of Fredericksburg, Virginia known as the Wilderness. On May 6, a series of Confederate attacks pushed back the Union infantry, however, Lee was unable to break the Federal line. Rather than retreat, Grant elected to continue the campaign. He issued orders on the morning of May 7 to disengage and march to Spotsylvania Courthouse in an effort to get between Lee and Richmond.
The event is at 7:30 pm on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Homewood Suites, 1650 Pullman Lane Hagerstown, MD. Dinner at 6:30 pm, open to non-members as well as members, is $22 (reservations required) and the talk at 7:30 pm is $5 for non-members, both payable at the meeting. For more information visit https://sites.google.com/view/hagerstowncwrt/home, search for: Hagerstown Civil War Round Table, email email@example.com, or call Dennis Graham at 301 766 9516.
A retired high school history teacher, John Michael Priest has been interested in Civil War history since an early age. He is a graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore and Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and has written extensively about the Civil War. His many books include "Stand To It And Give Them Hell:" Gettysburg As The Soldiers Experienced It from Cemetery Ridge To Little Round Top, July 2, 1863 (2014); Antietam: The Soldiers' Battle (1989); Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain (1992); Nowhere to Run: The Wilderness, May 4th & 5th, 1864 (1995); Victory Without Triumph: The Wilderness, May 6th & 7th, 1864 (1996); and Into the Fight: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg (1998). Praised by legendary historian Edwin C. Bearss as the "Ernie Pyle" of the Civil War soldier, Priest appeared on the Discovery Channel's Unsolved History: Pickett's Charge (2002), and is one of the historical consultants for the forthcoming miniseries To Appomattox. He and his wife live in Clear Spring, Maryland.