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July Meeting
July 11, 2022 7:30pm

John Roos

I am a 2018 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in American history. I am currently going for my MA at the same school and same major. I received my teaching license from Shenandoah University. I am currently a 7th grade English teacher at Culpeper Middle School. I am a former intern with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Military Park. I worked at two other parks for the NPS over the course of 2017-2018. My wife Sarah and I moved to Fredericksburg in 2019. I am also a battlefield guide for Fredericksburg Tours, which is owned by fellow round table member, John Kanaster. I specialize in the Fredericksburg area battlefields, and also Mine Run, North Anna, Haw's Shop, Totopotomoy Creek, Cold Harbor, and the Seven Days. I also have a couple articles published on the Emerging Civil War blog page.

The fall of 1863 in Virginia is one of the most glossed over periods of the war. The eastern theater of the war is usually looked upon as Gettysburg and then the Wilderness. The fall in Virginia however sets the stage for decisions on the battlefield and in Washington more than people realize. It also sets up the end of the war. This talk will focus on several personalities as opposed to battle analysis. We will see how the fall of Virginia influences and is influenced by other theaters of the war, and how it influenced a major decision by Abraham Lincoln. 


Our speaker lineup for 2022 is now available HERE 


Brock's Riverside Grill

Brock’s Riverside Grill, 503 Sophia Street, on the Rappahannock River in historic Old Town Fredericksburg, has been our favorite meeting venue for many years. Brock’s is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch year round. Menu is American “steak and seafood” with a southwestern flair.  More information is available at Brocksgrill.com. Call 540-370-1820 for reservations. 


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