York Civil War Round Table to feature Jay Jorgensen discussing General Edward Porter Alexander
The York CWRT will feature author and historian Jay Jorgensen at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. The topic of the evening will be “General Edward Porter Alexander: Confederate Cannoneer at Gettysburg.”
E. P. Alexander was a Georgia-born graduate of West Point who followed the call of his native state and served brilliantly in the Army of Northern Virginia. Commissioned as a captain in May 1861, Alexander developed a reputation as one of its most resourceful and energetic officers, first as a staff officer and later as an artillerist. He fought at First Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg, where he oversaw the massive artillery bombardment that preceded Pickett’s Charge.
Lt. General James Longstreet expressed great faith in Alexander’s ability, and gave him progressively increased responsibility. Alexander commanded Longstreet’s artillery at Knoxville when the First Corps was in the Western Theater late in 1863, and then back in Virginia in 1864 during the fighting at Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor.
Ultimately attaining the rank of brigadier general, Alexander’s story is also one of a man who used his talents to their utmost, and constantly strove to do his best.
E.P. Alexander left two important contributions to Civil War scholarship. His “Military Memoirs of a Confederate”, published in 1907, is a history of the Army of Northern Virginia as seen through the eyes of one of its premier officers. Also, his unpublished memoirs were edited by Gary Gallagher and published as “Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander.”
Jay Jorgensen’s presentation on Alexander will provide an overview of his life. Jay is the founder and president of the Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table in Woodbridge, NJ . Jay has 4 books published on Civil War topics, including the Award Winning “Gettysburg’s Bloody Wheatfield” and “The Wheatfield at Gettysburg: A Walking Tour.” Jay is a frequent speaker on the Civil War Round Table circuit. He is a Superior Court Judge, currently sitting in the Family Division in Middlesex County, NJ. He lives in Colonia, New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
The York Civil War Round Table invites the public to its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. The meeting is held in the auditorium of the York County Heritage Trust at 250 E. Market Street in downtown York, Pennsylvania.
There is no charge for admission and the parking is free !
The author will be available to sign his books ! Bring a friend !