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 Join us on April 3, 2017, and find out from Gregg Clemmer - Why the Civil War Still Lives

Near the end of his life, Mark Twain wrote that the American Civil War had "uprooted institutions that were centuries old, changed the politics of a people, transformed the social life of half the country, and wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations."

Really? Just two...or three generations?

In his talk, Why the Civil War Still Lives, Gregg Clemmer will compare and contrast the details and events of the 1860s with those of today – everything from clothing styles, poems, and music to speeches, food, and music to the famous, infamous, and forgotten. But of more importance, perhaps, what is The War's enduring legacy? And how do Americans of today compare with those from that time in their response to devastating events? Expect the unexpected!

Gregg Clemmer is a native of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Master’s degree in military history from Norwich University. A former president of the Montgomery County (MD) Civil War Round Table, Gregg numbers two Union generals and 14 “in-the-trenches” Confederates in his ancestry including members of Armistead’s and the Stonewall brigades.

Gregg is also a study leader for the Smithsonian’s Resident Associates Program, specializing in cave as well as Civil War and Revolutionary War tours, the latter co-leading with historian and author Ed Bearss. He is professor of history at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Maryland and authored five books including the acclaimed Valor in Gray: The Recipients of the Confederate Medal of Honor. His biography, Old Alleghany: The Life and Wars of General Ed Johnson, won the 2005 Douglas Southall Freeman Book Prize. Gregg is currently working on a sequel to his recently released historical novel, A Turn for Home.


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 known as 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.


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.