11 June 2009

Next Rockbridge Civil War RT Meeting

Augusta County Civil War Politician Topic For RCWRT

A state and Confederate political leader from Augusta County will be the topic of next week’s meeting of the Rockbridge Civil War Round Table.

John Hildebrand of Salem will be speaking on “The Life and Times of John Brown Baldwin, 1820-1873: A Chronicle of Virginia’s Struggle with Slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction,” the title of his new book.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Turman Room of the Preston Library at Virginia Military Institute.

Baldwin fought to keep Virginia from secession, but failing in this, he served as the colonel of the 52nd Virginia Infantry, which included companies from Augusta, Rockbridge and Bath counties. In 1862, he was elected to the Confederate Congress and served to the end of the war. Baldwin was instrument in writing the new Virginia constitution, which led to Virginia rejoining the Union in 1870.

Hildebrand has authored several books, including “Iron Horses in the Valley” on the effort to run a railroad line from Staunton to Roanoke through Rockbridge County after the Civil War.

The next meeting of the Civil War Round Table will take place in September.

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This notice is from the News-Gazette of Lexington, Virginia.

2 comments:

James F. Epperson said...

Does Mr. Hildebrand have an email? I'd like to correspond with him on the topic of his talk and book.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I don't know James - I was just passing the announcement along. You could always try contacting him through the publisher.