September 14, 2016
Our Presenter: John C. Waugh
Waugh is a journalist turned historical reporter. He began writing history–books on the Civil War era–in 1989, and has since written and published ten—six full-size narratives and four shorter works. His books include The Class of 1846, Reelecting Lincoln (1997), Surviving the Confederacy (2002), On the Brink of Civil War (2003), One Man Great Enough (2007), and Lincoln and McClellan (2010). In 2000 he received the Dallas Civil War Round Table’s Grady McWhiney Award of Merit.
It is said that Confederate General Richard Stoddert Ewell was crazy. It was perhaps so, but how was he as a soldier, Indian fighter, and Civil War general? For a time in the Valley and on the Peninsula he served as Stonewall Jackson’s chief lieutenant and right arm — a union of two looneys. When Jackson was killed at Chancellorsville in May 1863, Ewell assumed command of his corps, and fought it at Winchester, at Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, to Petersburg and on the final road to Appomattox. He married his cousin, lost his leg at Groveton, and was captured just short of Appomattox at the Battle of Sailor’s Creek. So what was he really? This talk will attempt to sort it all out.