Meeting: February 28, 2017
Our speaker will be Gregg Clemmer.
He will discuss the life and career of
Confederate General Edward “Alleghany” Johnson.
Gregg Clemmer is a native
of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and a graduate
of Virginia Tech. A writer and historian of
eclectic interests, Clemmer thrives on
chronicling obscure, disparate subjects,
everything from the manufacturing history of
miners' carbide lamps to the evolution of
expedition cave camps. Resigning from medical
school in his third year, Clemmer went on to
pioneer solar electricity, fight urban sprawl,
champion American heritage, and search for the
world's deepest cave. He is an eloquent speaker
and a gifted storyteller and has appeared on
MSNBC, Fox News, and CBS Radio.
the "publish or perish" shackles of academia,
Clemmer pursued Maj. Gen. Ed Johnson's
never-told, extraordinary story despite
colleagues' warnings of little original source
material. Clemmer's diligent research over a
dozen years discovered two notable caches of
Johnson letters and a treasure trove of primary
records. His resultant biography, Old Alleghany:
The Life and Wars of General Ed Johnson is the
definitive history of the man.
Clemmer is the
author of numerous newspaper and magazine
articles and among his four books is the
acclaimed Valor in Gray: The Recipients of the
Confederate Medal of Honor. He lives in Hunt
Valley, Maryland with his wife Linda.
Edward “Alleghany” Johnson CSA
Meeting: January 24, 2017
Our speaker will be Michael Schaffner.
Michael Schaffner has a
life-long interest in military history with a
particular focus on the American civil war. He
brings to his subject insights from three
decades as a federal manager and fifteen years
experience as a re-enactor in many roles and
ranks, both blue and gray, as well as a member
of the USCT Living History Association, an
officer with Company B, 54th Massachusetts, and
a volunteer at the African-American Civil War
Museum in Washington. The crux of his current
research centers on the decisive impact of
African-American soldiers and civilians on the
outcome of the civil war.
As a writer,
Mr. Schaffner's publications include the
novel War Boys, the poetry collection The Good
Opinion of Squirrels, poems in Shenandoah,
Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Agni,
and Poetry Ireland, as well as articles
in Columbia’s Torch, Camp Chase Gazette, and
Kevin Levin's blog Civil War Memory.
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