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Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table

Keeping Civil War History Alive in Our Nation's Capital

Board of Directors

The Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table (CHCWRT) Board of Directors (Board) is responsible for the organization’s governance. The Board sets the policies and overall direction for CHCWRT management, monitors its performance, and provides financial oversight.

President: Sam Ankerbrandt earned a BA in History from Rutgers and an MBA from Johns Hopkins.  He has been a solar energy expert, a spy, an arms merchant, and an international defense business executive. Sam grew up close to the site of the Civil War Battle of Monterey Pass and also is a board member of the DC Chapter of the Churchill Society.

Vice President: John Ed Hurley

Secretary: Mike Gottert earned his MA in American History from the American Public University.  His thesis was entitled, “When Johnny Reb Went Marching Home: Desertion Amongst Virginia Soldiers.”  Mike is currently an editor for the Journal of the Saber and Scroll Historical Society, American Public University Systems and is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians and the Society for Military History.

Treasurer: Megan Ritter grew up in Westminster, Maryland and spent her childhood visiting the Gettysburg battlefield, inspiring a lifelong passion for the Civil War, and history in general. She earned a degree in history and political science, with a concentration in Holocaust and genocide studies, from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Besides serving on the board of the CHCWRT, she volunteers for historic preservation efforts in her home of Alexandria, Virginia, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. When not pursuing her passion for history, she works for a fundraising consulting firm.

At Large Board Member: Bob Plumb served in the U.S. Navy as an officer on vessels in the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. Following his military service, he worked at GE and Fannie Mae managing programs in the US and international markets.  After his retirement from the corporate world, he wrote Your Brother in Arms: A Union Soldier’s Odyssey published by the University of Missouri Press in 2011. He has had articles on J.E.B. Stuart and the War of 1812 recently published in the Montgomery County Historical Society’s journal. The Washington Post has run his writing in its Style, Travel and Magazine sections. Bob is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, the Civil War Trust, and the Montgomery County Historical Society.

At Large Board Member: George Thompson is President of Thompson & Associates, a PR and Marketing Firm. He has an interest in American History with a special interest and research in the Antebellum South and the Civil War and Reconstruction era. George is involved in several historical organizations including The Lincoln Group, Military Classics Seminar, and the American Legion. George has spoken at The Cosmos Club of Washington, DC, the National Press Club, and churches in the Washington Metropolitan area on subjects related to the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. George is also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

At Large Board Member: Jon Willen is a retired Infectious disease physician. He is a member of the speaker’s bureau for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and a member of the board of directors of the Society of Civil War Surgeons. Dr. Willen has been a medical reenactor portraying both Union and Confederate surgeons for the past 18 years. In addition, he serves as a docent at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland, the Clara Barton Office of Missing Soldiers, and the Anderson House Society of Cincinnati headquarters in Washington, DC. 

At Large Board Member: Victoria Kennedy