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 Join us on October 1, 2018, as Ted Alexander discusses the burning of Chambersburg

On July 30, 1864, Brigadier General John McCausland and 2,800 Confederate cavalrymen entered Chambersburg and demanded $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in greenbacks. The residents of Chambersburg failed to raise the ransom, and McCausland ordered his men to burn the town. Flames destroyed more than 500 structures leaving more than 2,000 homeless. One resident died of smoke inhalation. Damage was estimated at more than $1.6 million. To make matters worse, many inebriated Confederate soldiers looted homes and abused civilians. Mobs of angry townspeople looking for retribution killed several Rebels. Chambersburg was the only Northern town the Confederates destroyed. The attack inspired a national aid campaign and spurred the Union Army to the aggressive approach that finally won the war.

Ted Alexander retired as the chief historian at the Antietam National Battlefield, where he had worked for more than twenty-six years. He is the author, editor or contributor to ten books on the Civil War and other aspects of American history, including The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day. Ted is also the author of more than two hundred articles and book reviews for publications such as the Civil War Times, Blue and Gray, North and South and the Washington Times. Ted has a BA in history from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MA in history from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Ted is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, where he served a tour and a half and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V.

Cost

The presentation is free of charge for those ordering dinner. For those who do not order food there will be a $5 charge.

Dinner

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.

Location

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.