Gene Schmiel to Speak at Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable

The Speaker:
Gene Schmiel is a retired U.S. Dept. of State Foreign Service Officer, who now works part-time for the Dept. of State. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he was an assistant professor of history at St. Francis University (Pa.) before joining the Foreign Service. Schmiel has a Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University and has co-authored a book with his wife about the foreign service. His book Jacob Dolan Cox and the Civil War was published by Ohio University Press in 2014.

The Subject:
Mr. Schmiel will focus on Union commanders George McClellan, Ambrose Burnside, and Fitz John Porter and their actions and decisions during and after the Maryland Campaign. Schmiel contends that, except for a few crucial command decisions by these men, the Union Army could have won the Battle of Antietam.

The Meal:
A family-style meal 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, June 10th, with Kevin Pawlak at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The meal will consist of Sliced Baked Ham With Raisin Sauce, Savory Rice, Seasoned Green Beans, Rolls, Butter, Iced Tea, Coffee, & Dessert.

The Battle of Williamsport and The Battle of Falling Waters, Md.,
155th Anniversary Remembrance

On Friday evening July 6 at 7 p.m., The Springfield Barn, 12 Springfield Lane, Williamsport, MD, will be the site of a free event commemorating the 155th anniversary of the July 6, 1863 Battle of Williamsport and the July 14, 1863 Battle of Falling Waters, MD. Speakers include Ted Alexander, George Franks III, and Steve French. There will also be music, relics from the battles, book sales, period re-enactors, artist Garnet Jex Civil War exhibit and more. Doors open at 6. For more info, contact Steve French at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)