Civil War roundtable on Custer to be May 13

May 03, 2013

The Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table presents Daniel T. Davis, of Vienna, Virginia.  Davis is the fourth and final member of the Emerging Civil War Blog to come to the Round Table. He will discuss Custer's learning curve during the Civil War at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13. at The Mountain Heritage Center on the campus of WCU.

Gen. George Custer is known from the fateful last few days of his life.  Davis will try to fill in some of Custer's evolution as a cavalry leader during the summer of 1864 with the near disastrous result beginning at Trevilian Station in June and culminating with his overwhelming victory at Tom's Brook in October.

Davis grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  When he was 8, his dad rented the movie, "They Died With Their Boots On" and he was enthralled by the caricature of Custer, played by Errol Flynn.  Weekend trips tramping through northern Virginia battlefields with his dad to places such as Charleston, Sharpsburg and Gettysburg increased his interest in history.

Davis earned a B. A. in public history from Longwood University in 2005. He has worked as historian at both Fredericksburg and Spottsylvania National Military Parks and Appomattox Count House Historic Site.  He is collaborating with fellow ECW blogger, Phil Greenwalt, on two projects due for publication in 2014 by Savas Beatie.  The first will be the Fort Henry and Fort Donelson Campaign and the second will be the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864.

All are invited to have dinner with the speaker at 5 p.m. at Bogart's in Sylva.  At 6:30 p.m. the group will move to the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University for a social time, followed by the presentation at 7 p.m. in the MHC auditorium.  This will conclude our programs for the 2012-13 season.

For questions, call Chris Behre at 293-9314 or Chuck Beemer at 456-4212.