“Lee at Antietam” Set for October Harrisburg Civil War Round Table
United States Navy Captain Steven W. Knott is the featured speaker for the Friday, October 22, meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table. His topic will be “Lee at Antietam: The Tyranny of Arithmetic and the Trap Not Sprung.”
Robert E. Lee was one of the most daring commanders in American history. His audacity often led to victory. Sometimes, however, it involved risks that could have resulted in defeat, even disaster.
Nowhere was this danger greater than in the Antietam Campaign. Carrying the war out of Virginia into Maryland in September 1862 offered the Confederates great opportunity. When Lee’s strategic plan fell into Federal hands, the entire situation changed. Subsequent Yankee victories at South Mountain made Lee’s situation even more precarious. Nevertheless, he chose to remain north of the Potomac River and to accept battle at Sharpsburg. The October program analyzes his generalship in the campaign, the realities that affected his operations, and his skill in extricating his army from great peril.
A native of Virginia and graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, Captain Knott is a naval aviator and veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He is currently is an instructor at the Army War College in Carlisle.
The Harrisburg Civil War Round Table meets at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Camp Hill, PA, Camp Hill Bypass @ Routes 11&15. An informal reception starts at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:45. The cost of dinner is $20.00 and reservations must be made by no later than Tuesday, October 19, by calling 717-938-3706. The program begins at 8:00 PM and is free to the public.
Contact Douglas Gibboney, Vice President, for further information @ 717-243-1738