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Harrisburg CWRT: “Military Intelligence Staff Operations in the Army of the Potomac”

Speaking at our Friday March 22nd meeting, the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table is proud to have Colonel (Ret.) J. Boone Bartholomees, PhD, who will speak to us on “Military Intelligence Staff Operations in the Army of the Potomac”. Dr. Bartholomees will cover the staff side of intelligence operations. Specifically, organization and procedures for collecting, analyzing and distributing intelligence in the Army of the Potomac. His talk will be oriented at the army and corps level but necessarily will include some discussion of smaller units. The Army of the Potomac’s intelligence processes developed over time from a crude to a sophisticated system.

Dr. Bartholomees is a Professor of Military History and Strategy at the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA, where he is concluding twenty years of teaching. Among other achievements, he has been Chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy, the course director and author for the flagship core course on Theory of War and Strategy, and the holder of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security.

Dr. Bartholomees served 26 years on active duty in the Army before retiring as a colonel to take his current civilian position. While on active duty, he served in the infantry in the US and Germany. His tour immediately prior to being assigned to Carlisle Barracks was in the Pentagon where he served on the staff of the Chief of Staff of the Army in an office that oversaw highly classified programs, and as the Chief of Special Operations Policy and Forces in the Army DCSOPS (Operations division).

Dr. Bartholomees is a distinguished graduate of West Point (1970), numerous service schools, and the National War College (1989). He received his Masters and PhD in History from Duke University (MA 1976, PhD 1978) and taught military history at West Point from 1979 to 1982.

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 $22.00 and reservations must be made no later than 9 PM Tuesday, March 19th, by calling 717-561-0613 or email The program begins at 8:00 PM and is free to the public.

Contact Tom Kerstetter at 717-574-5797.