January 22, 2018

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The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s Civil War Roundtable meets every other month, on the second Thursday of the month, at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum in Winchester (20 N. Loudoun St.).

Next meeting:  Thursday, October 4, at 7pm.  Guest speaker:  Author Logan Metesh.  Logan’s topic will be “The Most Influential Man in the (Gun) World: James Henry Burton.”

Membership is the roundtable is open to everyone.  To be added to the e-mail list for the group, click the button below or call the SVBF at 540-740-4545.  For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net.

About the Next Program:

The Most Influential Man in the (Gun) World: James Henry Burton

Though he’s little-known today, James Henry Burton’s impact on the arms industry in the 19th century rivals that of his well-known contemporaries. He helped design the Minie ball used during the Civil War, worked for both the Springfield and Harpers Ferry Armories, Hall’s Rifle Works, Ames Manufacturing, the British Board of Ordnance, Enfield’s Royal Small Arms Manufactory, the Virginia Manufactory of Arms (later, Richmond Armory), was the head of all Confederate armories, and even brokered arms deals between Britain and Russia after the war. He finally moved back to Virginia and settled in Winchester, where he enjoyed a much-needed retirement.

Speaker Logan Metesh

Logan Metesh runs High Caliber History LLC, where he offers his services as an historian, museum professional, and consultant. (www.highcaliberhistory.com) He has worked for the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, and the NRA Museums. In that capacity, he has worked with and researched rare and historic collections from the 16th to 21st centuries. He is a frequent guest on the “Curator’s Corner” program for NRATV and has served as an historic firearms facilitator for television shows such as Mysteries at the Museum, Gun Stories with Joe Mantegna, NRA Gun Gurus, and American Rifleman TV.