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May 10, 2019
John Horn:
The Petersburg Regiment: the 12th Virginia

Known as the Petersburg Regiment because most of its companies came from the Cockade City, the 12th Virginia declined to have Stonewall Jackson appointed its first colonel. Its men first saw combat in naval battles, including Hampton Roads and First Drewry's Bluff. At Seven Pines, their first fight on land, they embarrassed themselves. They excelled during the Seven Days and at Second Manassas/Bull Run. Almost annihilated at Crampton's Gap, the regiment fielded only twenty-five soldiers at Sharpsburg/Antietam. The 12th distinguished itself again at Chancellorsville, but its role at Gettysburg remains controversial. In the Wilderness, it played a prominent role in Longstreet's flank attack as well as in his near-fatal wounding. Spotsylvania saw its men giving the bayonet to Burnside's Corps and capturing their first enemy flag. At Jerusalem Plank Road, they helped put to flight Hancock's Corps, the pride of the Federal army. They fought in defense of Petersburg at the battle of the Crater. At Globe Tavern they narrowly escaped destruction. At Second Reams Station they contributed to a miraculous Confederate victory. They captured three enemy flags at Burgess Mill, which thwarted Grant's last thrust toward Richmond before Lincoln's re-election. They helped stop the Federals at Hatcher's Run in February 1865. Two days before the surrender at Appomattox, they participated in Lee's last victory--the rearguard action at Cumberland Church. By this time, they numbered among the Army of Northern Virginia's most renowned shock troops.

A native of Illinois, John Horn received a B.A. in English and Latin from New College (Sarasota, Florida) in 1973 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1976. He has practiced law in the Chicago area since graduation, occasionally holding local public office, and living in Oak Forest with his wife and law partner, H. Elizabeth Kelley, a native of Richmond, Virginia. They have three children. Horn and his wife travel to the Old Dominion each year to visit relatives, battlefields, and various archives. He has published articles in Civil War Times Illustrated and America's Civil War, and his books include The Destruction of the Weldon Railroad and The Petersburg Campaign. The talk tonight is based on his upcoming book on the 12th Virginia.

For our 2018-19 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:

Sept. 14th: Tim Smith on U. S. Grant and the Vicksburg Campaign
Oct. 12th: Ted Karamanski on The Civil War as an Indian War
Nov. 9th: Paul Kahan on The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War's Legacy
Dec. 14th: David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften on Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason
Jan. 11th: Bjorn Skaptason on Henry Morton Stanley at Shiloh
Feb. 8th: Rob Girardi on Gouverneur K. Warren's Last Battle
Mar. 8th: John David Smith and Micheal Larson on Dear Delia
Apr. 12th: Brad Gottfried on Maps of the Fredericksburg Campaign
May 10th: John Horn on The Petersburg Regiment: the 12th Virginia
June 14th: Doug Dammann on Elmer Ellsworth and his Zouaves

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Our meetings are held at:

Holiday Inn O'Hare
5615 N. Cumberland, Chicago, IL 60631
Parking at the Holiday Inn is FREE
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Dinner $40.00 Members and Non- Members
Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30

Presentation only is $10 per person.
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Dinner choices. The CWRT has gone to a buffet style dinner. The buffet will include caeser salad, pasta, garlic bread, two meats (grilled chicken, meat balls, or Italian sausage) and dessert.