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 Join us on May 7, 2018, as Frank O'Reilly discusses Lee's Greatest Victory: Chancellorsville

Chancellorsville marked Robert E. Lee's greatest victory in which he overcame nearly insurmountable odds to defeat Joseph Hooker and the Union Army of the Potomac. But victory at Chancellorsville came at a terrible price. Close to 31,000 casualties occurred in the leafy fastness of the Wilderness surrounding the Virginia crossroads by the Chancellor house. This was the worst bloodletting these two armies ever had experienced to date--only to be surpassed by Gettysburg and Spotsylvania before the war ended. Among those casualties was Lee's most brilliant combat lieutenant: Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. We will look at the Battle of Chancellorsville, where both armies risked all in the bloody year of 1863: the Year of Determination for both sides.

Frank received his BA and MA in American History with a concentration on Early American Military History and Civil War Studies, doing his undergraduate work at Washington & Lee University before joining the National Park Service at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. After a brief time at Independence Hall he returned to Fredericksburg as an historian. He currently serves as the Lead Historian for the battlefields. 

Frank has written numerous articles on the Civil War and Mexican War for national and international journals and has appeared in quite a few documentaries. He also served as the Civil War Sesquicentennial special events coordinator for the Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and the Overland Campaign’s 150th anniversary commemorations. Frank’s most recent book, The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock, received a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters. It won several awards including the James I. Robertson, Jr. Book Award and the Richard Barksdale Harwell Book Award. He has also written Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg. He is currently researching a book on the 1862 Battle of Malvern Hill and the Seven Days’ Battles around Richmond.


The presentation is free of charge. While a donation to help defray costs is appreciated, it is not required. 


Join us at 5:30 pm in the John Cosgrove Members' Lounge (formerly the Game Room). The National Press Club menu will challenge your palette and the very capable Club staff will be able to meet any libation request. Please bring cash or checks for payment. Please note that no dinner orders will be taken after 6:30.


The CHCWRT meets in the newly renovated John Cosgrove Members' Lounge of the prestigious and historic National Press Club, which is located at 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045, on the 13th floor.

The National Press Building is conveniently located approximately two blocks from Metro Center (Blue, Orange and Red Lines).

FREE parking is available at the PMI garage located on the North side of G Street between 13th and 14th Streets, if you arrive at the garage after 5:00 p.m. and purchase food and/or drinks at the National Press Club. Just bring your parking ticket to the meeting for validation.