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 Join us on September 11, 2017, when George Franks discusses

the Life and Death of James Johnston Pettigrew

Most people only know Johnston Pettigrew from the "Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge" at Gettysburg. Pettigrew was considered the "most brilliant man in the South." A scholar, linguist, author, legislator, military advisor, and Confederate officer, Pettigrew was a complex man whose contributions are not widely recognized today. George Franks uncovered many stories about this little-known Confederate general during his study of the Battle of Falling Waters  - where Pettigrew was mortally wounded. George lives on the Falling Waters Battlefield.

George Franks is the President of Franks Consulting Group, a management consulting firm, and owner of Geo. Franks, Hatter, a global e-commerce business. He is a former technology executive with extensive international experience. George is the founder and President of the Battle of Falling Waters 1863 Foundation, Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. He is a Commissioner on the C&O Canal Federal Advisory Commission. George served as an officer and governor of the Company of Military Historians and as President of the organization’s Chesapeake Chapter. He was President of the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table in Washington, D.C. and is an active member of Hagerstown Civil War Round Table, Save Historic Antietam Foundation and the Civil War Trust. George is the author of Battle of Falling Waters 1863: Custer, Pettigrew and the End of the Gettysburg Campaign and lives in the 1830 Daniel Donnelly House. George was awarded the 2015 John Frye Historical Preservation Award by the Washington County (Maryland) Commissioners. He studied history at the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Pittsburgh where he was graduated Magna cum Laude.


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. However, this month we will be meeting down the hall, in our old location - the McClendon Room.

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.