Meeting: May 23, 2017
Our speaker will be Colonel (Retired)
Kevin J. Weddle, Ph.D. He will discuss
his book Lincoln’s Tragic Admiral: The Life
of Samuel Francis Du Pont (University of
Virginia Press, 2005)
Kevin Weddle is
Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the
US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks,
Pennsylvania. He is a native Minnesotan,
graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West
Point, New York, and served over 28 years as a
combat engineer officer. Throughout his career
he worked in a variety of command and staff
positions in the United States and overseas and
is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and
Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Colonel Weddle holds master’s degrees in
history and civil engineering from the
University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in history
from Princeton University. He has written
numerous articles for popular and scholarly
journals and his first book, Lincoln’s Tragic
Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont
(University of Virginia Press, 2005), won the
2006 William E. Colby Award, was runner up in
the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval
History Prize competition, and won the Army War
College’s faculty writing award. He is currently
writing a strategic history of the Saratoga
campaign for the Oxford University Press. Dr.
Weddle has led dozens of civilian and military
groups to battlefields in the United States
including Vicksburg, Antietam, Gettysburg,
Grant’s Overland Campaign, and others. In
addition, he has also led groups to European
battlefields including Agincourt, Waterloo,
Gallipoli, the Somme, Verdun, Ypres, Dunkirk,
Sicily, Anzio, and Normandy.
Admiral Samuel Francis Dupont
Meeting: April 25, 2017
The April meeting is our Annual Banquet. The
Guest speaker is Ed Bearss. Mr.
Bearss is an independent scholar and historian
whose public career began at the National Park
Service in 1955 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. While
there, he conducted research leading to the
recovery of the long-lost Union gunboat Cairo.
He also located two forgotten forts at Grand
Gulf, Mississippi, and was instrumental in
having Grand Gulf named a State Military
In 1966, he transferred to
Washington, D.C., and in 1981 he became the
National Park Service chief historian for
military sites. Mr. Bearss, winner of the Harry
S. Truman Award and the Nevins Freeman Award for
Civil War scholarship, continues to serve as a
Civil War consultant and conducts detailed
battlefield site tours and seminars for the
Smithsonian Study Tours program.
In 1990, he
was a featured commentator for Ken Burns' PBS
series, The Civil War, the most popular program
broadcast by that network to date. Recently, he
has appeared on the Arts and Entertainment
Channel's Civil War Journal. Mr. Bearss is a
combat veteran of the Pacific Theater during the
Second World War.
He has written over a
dozen books, numerous articles, and is the
editor of Gettysburg Magazine.
Meeting: March 28, 2017
Our speaker will be
will discuss his new book Greetings
This pictorial history tells the story of
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania through 160 beautiful
postcards, memorializing important and
noteworthy scenes from the Civil War
Craig, an avid deltiologist (postcard collector)
who earned his bachelor's degree in history from
Towson State College in 1971 became interested
while he was a student working on his master's
degree in U.S. history at Morgan State
University. During that time he began amassing a
collection of books on
Gettysburg - it now contains more than 75
volumes - to write his thesis on Gettysburg Gen.
James J. Archer.
David R. Craig serves as the Secretary of the
Maryland Department of Planning, which oversees
the Maryland Historic Trust and historic
preservation. He is also
Head of the Maryland World War I Centennial
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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