Meeting of August 20, 2019

Dennis Kohlman on “J.E.B. Stuart and His Ride Around the Union Army at Gettysburg”

J.E.B. Stuart was the cavalry commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. His division was composed of five brigades. Stuart’s plan was to leave two brigades to watch and report on the activities of the Army of the Potomac and take three brigades on his ride. Who to take and who to leave?

Dennis’s interest in the Civil War started during the Vietnam War, where he saw similarities between the two conflicts: unpopular war, draft riots, a president vilified in the newspapers. He started his research with the Life/Times book series and went from there. He is currently the president of the Sacramento Civil War Round Table and has given numerous talks to Civil War clubs.