October 13th, 2020 – 7PM
Virtual Presentation via Zoom (You will receive an additional announcement with instructions on how to participate.)
Over my many years of involvement in the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table, one presentation stands out as “the best.” It is Frank O’Reilly’s talk on the death of Stonewall Jackson. Actually, I refer to it as a “One Act Play” – not because it is theatrical – but because it is factual, interesting, well researched and well presented. It is like a Greek Tragedy, we know the ending but that just makes the story even more gripping. Frank has done this presentation to our group before. If you have seen it, you know what I mean. If you have not, you are in for a moving experience. It either case, you will not want to miss it. See you on Zoom next Tuesday!
Here is Frank’s synopsis of his talk:
“At the very peak of his career, Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson achieved everything he aspired for in himself, his family, and his ability–only to be cut down by the mistaken fire of his own men at Chancellorsville. Stonewall Jackson lost his left arm–and a week later, lost his life. Like so many who fell at Chancellorsville, his death was tragic and unexpected. Unlike so many who died in the war, Jackson’s death made an indelible impression on everyone associated with his last days. We will explore the final days of the general–and all the controversies surrounding his passing.”
Frank O’Reilly is the Lead Historian for the battlefields at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He is the author of the Award Winning The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter in the Rappahannock as well as numerous articles for national and international journals. He is also a frequent participant in Civil War documentaries and conferences. He is currently writing a book on Malvern Hill and the Seven Days’ Battles around Richmond.
Still time to pay your 2020-2021 Dues:
Family – $30, Sustainer – $50 or Speaker Patron – $100
Send your check to: Stan Wright, 2324 Rogers Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109