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 Winter Weather Advisory - The January 8 meeting has been cancelled due to impending winter weather

 

Join us on January 8, 2018 as Mark Dunkelman tells the forgotten story of BG Patrick Henry Jones

Patrick Henry Jones's obituary vowed that "his memory shall not fade among men." Yet in little more than a century, history has largely forgotten Jones's considerable accomplishments in the Civil War and the Gilded Age that followed. Mark Dunkelman resurrects Jones's story and restores him to his rightful standing as an exceptional military officer and influential politician of nineteenth-century America.

Jones was a poor Irish immigrant, who began his career in journalism before gaining admittance to the New York bar. When the Civil War erupted in 1861, Jones volunteered for service in the Union Army. He rose steadily through the ranks of the 37th New York, became general of the 154th New York, and eventually attained the rank of brigadier general. Jones was one of only twelve native Irishmen ever to attain that rank in the federal forces.

When the war ended, Jones's reputation as a military hero gave him an entry into politics under the mentorship of editor Horace Greeley and politician Reuben E. Fenton. He served in both elective and appointed offices in the state of New York, navigating the corruptions, scandals, and political upheavals of the Golden Age. Ultimately, his entanglement with one of the most sensational crimes of his era-a high-profile grave-robbing from the cemetery of St. Mark's Church-tainted his name and ruined his once-respectable career.

Mark tells Jones’s quintessentially American story of an immigrant who overcame both his humble origins and the rampant xenophobia of mid-nineteenth-century America to achieve a level of prominence equaled by few of his peers.

Mark's research focuses on the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry, known as the "Hardtack Regiment.” He has contacted over 1,200 descendants of members of the 154th, locating and copying over 1,700 wartime letters, 250 portraits, 25 diaries, dozens of relics, and several other memoirs and accounts. Mark has written several books, including Patrick Henry Jones: Irish American, Civil War General, and Gilded Age Politician, Marching with Sherman: Through Georgia and the Carolinas with the 154th New York, and Brothers One and All: Esprit de Corps in a Civil War Regiment. In 2015, a collection of Dunkelman and fellow historian Michael J Winey's research was unveiled at St. Bonaventure University.

Cost

The presentation is free of charge. While a donation to help defray costs is appreciated, it is not required. 

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.