P.G.T. Beauregard and the Petersburg Campaign at November Harrisburg Civil War Round Table
Historian and author A. Wilson Greene will speak on “The Forgotten Man: P.G.T. Beauregard and the Petersburg Campaign” at the Friday, November 19 meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table.
Mr. Greene’s talk examines the performance of General Beauregard in the opening engagements from June 15-18 and at the Battle of the Crater. Scholars have opposing views about Beauregard’s role in defending Petersburg during Grant’s opening attacks but beyond that few students of the war are familiar with how Beauregard performed. Mr. Greene will try to unravel that mystery and render an opinion as to why it took Robert E. Lee so long to move the Army of Northern Virginia from Richmond to Petersburg.
A. Wilson Greene has worked in Civil War history for 37 years. He started his career with the National Park Service, serving as historian at Petersburg National Battlefield and later at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. He was a founding member and first executive director of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, now the Civil War Preservation Trust. He has led Pamplin Historical Park since its inception in the planning stage in 1993. Greene is the author of six books of Civil War history, including Civil War Petersburg: Confederate City in the Crucible of War, winner of the Laney Prize for the year’s outstanding Civil War monograph. A busy speaker and tour guide, Greene has addressed more than 100 Civil War Round Tables and has served as a Study Leader for the Smithsonian since 1989.
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, November 16, 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