The Civil War round table at Virginia Military Institute and the Rockbridge Civil War Round Table are co-sponsoring a talk this Thursday, June 4, on the secession crisis in Rockbridge County at the start of the Civil War.
Tom Rittenburg, the author of a new book entitled “Compelled to Fight: The Secession Crisis in Rockbridge County, Virginia,” will speak on his book at 7:30 p.m. in the Turman Room at VMI’s Preston Library.
Rittenburg, a lawyer who lives in California, is a 1975 graduate of Washington and Lee University. For his honors thesis, he had written on the secession crisis in Rockbridge County, spending over a year poring over old records and letters in the W&L archives. After years of additional researching, he has expanded his thesis into a full historical study.
Copies of his book, which was printed by Mariner Publishing in Buena Vista, will be available for purchase and signing at the meeting. Refreshments will be served.
Note: I'm off to Winchester tomorrow with the bride of my youth (Update to that post: 13 grandchildren) to celebrate our 29th anniversary - you know, love, kisses, and mushy stuff like that. No posts or comments will be posted until my return late Saturday.