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 Join us on April 2, 2018, as Calvin Goddard Zon discusses his recent book Divided We Fall: The Confederacy's Collapse From Within

Calvin Goddard Zon will be presenting his recent book, Divided We Fall: The Confederacy's Collapse From Within, A State-by-State Account, which makes the case that active opposition among Southerners in the 11 seceded states played a major role in the Confederacy's downfall. The Civil War News writes, "Certainly this volume will deflate the idea of a solid front in the South. It is highly recommended to readers interested in knowing more about the South's internal politics during the Civil War." Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump and three prominent Civil War books, writes, "Zon has made a substantial contribution to Civil War history by relating the discontent and outright resistance in some cases by Southerners who dissented with the South's decision to secede from the Union in 1861."

Zon earned a B.A. from Davidson College, where he majored in American history, and an M.A. from the American University. He has taught high school American history. He was a longtime staff writer for the Washington Star daily newspaper, for the Press Associates, Inc. news service, and for the United Mine Workers Journal, and worked as a copy editor for Bloomberg BNA's Daily Labor Report. He is past commander of the Washington area Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, a companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and is a member of the Lincoln Forum. His previous book, The Good Fight That Didn't End: Henry P. Goddard's Accounts of Civil War and Peace is based on the letters and writings of his great-grandfather, a captain of the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. His articles have appeared in the Civil War News, the Civil War Times, People magazine, the National Catholic Reporter, the Progressive, and In These Times. He served for six years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has presented his books at Civil War Round Tables and other venues from South Carolina to New England.


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.