The Sunken Road
Virtual January Meeting
This month we will continue virtual Zoom programming with a presentation on Ambrose Burnside and the Blame for the Battle of Fredericksburg by fellow roundtable member John Roos.
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John Roos is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor's degree in American history. During this time while working towards his degree, John was an intern and volunteer with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. John learned to give tours at all four of our area battlefields, and both Chatham Manor and the Jackson Death Site. He continued with the National Park Service working in the National Capital Region at Fort Washington/Oxon Hill Farm, and for a Summer in Utah with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. John now lives in Fredericksburg with his wife Sarah and continues his love for this area's history working with fellow roundtable member John Kanaster as a guide with Fredericksburg Tours. John is also now working towards his Master's degree in American history at Southern New Hampshire University and is a licensed teacher in Virginia with endorsements in History, Social Studies, Civics, and Geography.
John began his love of the Civil War when he visited Gettysburg with his family when he was 10-years-old. Like any novice to the Civil War, he took a lot of the stories at face value. Fredericksburg was no exception. John visited Fredericksburg with his Father many times and always had the same feelings as most do about General Burnside. Whether Burnside was described as incompetent, incapable to lead, or many other adjectives, John believed those descriptions. Through his work in his Bachelor's degree and his internship, John learned there was much more to the story. Though Burnside does carry much of the burden of blame for Fredericksburg, there were many other figures that should shoulder more blame than Burnside. John will share this argument with us.
Remember that you can watch all five previous RVCWRT virtual programs in their entirety by searching "rvcwrt" on YouTube.
Our speaker lineup for 2021 is now available HERE
Virginians: Speak Out
Ask Your State Legislators to Help Support Battlefield Preservation!!! Attached is a link to how you can help the efforts to get Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain State Park by contacting your legislators.
Geoff White Music
Geoff White is from Blowing Rock North Carolina. He has played the fiddle all his life, and has performed in pubs, bars, restaurants, concert halls, and battlefields all across the east coast. Geoff was a member of the bluegrass group Sugar Run for several years. He currently lives in Roanoke. He earned a degree in History from Radford University in 2002.
Here is the link for the Youtube version, complete with my watermark and opening titles. I ask that you use this version. And please do use it! I'm happy to see so many people getting enjoyment and education from this program.
Thank you so much for your interest and support. Best regards, Geoff