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 Join us on March 5, 2018, as Gene Schmiel shares his interpretation of "The Crisis in the Union Command Structure during the Maryland Campaign."

Gene Schmiel will discuss George McClellan's decisions regarding the responsibilities of his subordinates after the Battle of South Mountain through the Battle of Antietam three days later. Those decisions harmed the unity of command and introduced jealousies and bitterness, especially between Ambrose Burnside and Fitz John Porter, which may have made the difference between victory and stalemate. Jacob Cox, who commanded the Union left flank at Antietam, wrote about this issue in his memoirs, and it has been a matter of intense debate ever since.

Gene is a student of the Civil War whose book, Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era, was published in 2014 by Ohio University Press. The book, a History Book Club selection, was labeled “best biography of the year” by the Civil War Books and Authors website. Gene holds a Ph. D. degree from The Ohio State University and was an assistant professor of History at St. Francis University (PA) before becoming  a foreign service officer with the Department of State. He resides in Gainesville, Virginia with his wife Bonnie Kathryn. Together they wrote a book, Welcome Home: Who Are You; Tales of a Foreign Service Family. Gene is currently working on a “counterfactual” book about the Battle of Antietam and how an overwhelming Union victory there ironically resulted in the preservation of slavery. You can find out more about Gene at his website.


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.