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 Join us on October 2, 2017, when Pulitzer Prize nominee Robert O'Harrow discusses "Montgomery Meigs: Lincoln's Engineer"

The eponymous quartermaster of Robert O’Harrow’s vivid narrative history is General Montgomery C. Meigs (1816-1892), who held the position of Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army during and after the American Civil War. O’Harrow, an award-winning Washington Post reporter and associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting, chronicles the West Point-trained engineer’s many accomplishments, which included building the Capitol dome and designing aqueducts in Washington, keeping Generals Grant and Sherman well supplied during the Civil War, and helping to establish Arlington National Cemetery.

Robert O’Harrow Jr. is a reporter with the investigative unit of The Washington Post who has focused on privacy, national security, federal contracting and the financial world. In two decades at The Post, he has won multiple journalism awards. They include the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Zero Day, a series about cybersecurity and cyberwar, and a regional Emmy for a Zero Day video. O’Harrow previously won the top prize from Investigative Reporters and Editors for exposing fraud, waste and abuse in homeland security contracting. O’Harrow has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, most recently in 2009 for a series of explanatory stories about the global financial crisis, and a four-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for business writing. He is the author of The Quartermaster: Montgomery C. Meigs, Lincoln’s General, Master Builder of the Union Army In 2003, he won the Carnegie Mellon Cybersecurity Journalism Award.


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.