Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable: Decision at Tom’s Brook

William J. Miller

Decision at Tom’s Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser and the Joy of the Fight

The Speaker
William J. Miller is a writer, teacher, and preservationist. A former editor of Civil War Magazine, his books include Mapping for Stonewall, (Fletcher Platt Award) and the top-selling Great Maps of the Civil War. Decision at Tom’s Brook is his ninth book on Civil War history.

The Subject
The story of the Oct. 9, 1864 Tom’s Brook cavalry affair centers on two young men who had risen to prominence as soldiers: George A. Custer and Thomas L. Rosser. They
had been friends since West Point, but the war sent them down separate paths, Custer to the Union army and Rosser to the Confederacy. Each was a born warrior who took obvious joy in the exhilaration of battle. Each possessed almost all the traits of the ideal cavalryman: courage, intelligence, physical strength, inner fire. Only their judgment was questionable.

The Meal
A family-style meal of will be served at 6:30 PM prior to the program. The cost of the meal is $15.00 per person. Reservations for the meal must be made no later than Sunday, March 11th, with Kevin Pawlak at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 585-880-0425. The meal will consist of Corned Beef and Cabbage, Carrots, Potatoes, Irish Soda Bread, Rye Bread, Butter, Iced Tea, Coffee, & Dessert.