May 11, 2021

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The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s Civil War Roundtable is currently holding virtual meetings online using the Zoom platform.

Members of the roundtable will be sent an email with a link and login information before each meeting.  If you’re interested in taking part in the meetings but aren’t already a member, you can sign up for the roundtable by completing and submitting the form below.

Membership in the roundtable is open to everyone.  To be added to the e-mail list for the group, fill out the form below or call the SVBF at 540-740-4545.  For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the SVBF’s Civil War Roundtable will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021, beginning at 7:30 pm Eastern Time.

The featured speaker at the meeting will be Brian Swartz.  Brian’s program will be “Passing Through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War.”

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About the Speaker:

Civil War historian, blogger, and author Brian F. Swartz chronicles the wartime experiences of Joshua L. Chamberlain, who swiftly transitioned from college professor and family man to regimental and brigade commander. In his new book, Passing Through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War, published this summer by Savas Beatie, Swartz draws upon multiple period sources to follow Chamberlain through the thick of the campaigning and the fighting.

Raised in Brewer, Maine, Brian Swartz became passionate about the Civil War during its centennial and started visiting far-flung battlefields in the late 1980s. A Bangor Daily News reporter and editor for 27 years, he launched his Maine at War column in April 2011 and his Maine at War blog in March 2012; the blog has published weekly ever since. He is the author of Maine at War. Published in May 2019, Maine at War Volume 1 draws on diaries, letters, newspaper articles, eyewitness accounts, the Official Records and regimental histories to detail Maine’s involvement in the first 18 months of the Civil War, as experienced by soldiers, civilians, nurses, and politicians from the far corners of the Pine Tree State.

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