Wittenberg to speak at WNCCWRT meeting

Mountain Heritage Center
Western Carolina University
Marcia Woosley
Apr 14, 2014
7:00 PM

The Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table welcomes back Eric Wittenberg to its April 14, 2014 meeting at The Mountain Heritage Center on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.   Mr. Wittenberg is a practicing lawyer and a self-taught historian who is one of the foremost experts on cavalry operations in the Civil War.   Eric traces his interest in the Civil War back to a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield as a third-grader.  On that occasion the youngster was struck by three stories.  Two of them referred to the Devil's Den and the untimely death of Maj. Gen. John Reynolds.  The oddest was Brig. Gen. John Buford's valiant stand against Henry Heath's men on July 1. This led young Eric to become one of the most prolific writers about the Eastern Cavalry, its battles and commanders.

Mr. Wittenberg earned a B.A. in Political Science from Dickinson College in Carlyle, PA.  This was followed by a M.A. in Public/International Affairs and a Juris PhD from the School of Law, both at the University of Pittsburg.  Though he is a full-time practicing attorney, he still spends two to three hours in the evenings with his "vocation".

Wittenberg is an award-winning Civil War historian.  He has worked with the Civil War Preservation Trust and is an original member of the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation. He, also, serves as one of the 18 members of the Governor of Ohio's Advisory Commission on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

In 2002 Mr. Wittenberg published a two-volume biography of Maj. Gen. Phillip Sheridan.  The first volume challenges the accepted views of Sheridan's career as a soldier and a leader.  In the second volume  Eric edited the 19th century manuscript memoirs of Sheridan's subordinate, Frederick Newhall.  Both volumes are critically acclaimed but controversial.

Please note that this month the WNCCWRT will be meeting at the Mountain Heritage Center on the campus of WCU on April 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  You can join Mr. Wittenberg and members of WNCCWRT for dinner at 5:00 pm at Bogart's in Sylva.  Come enjoy a social time at 6:30 pm at the Mountain Heritage Center, followed by Eric's lecture at 7:oo pm.  See you there.

For questions, please call Chris Behre at 828-293-9314

or Chuck Beemer at 828-456-4212