Mother Nature dumped 8 inches of rain on us in about an hour last night, after rain all the previous night and for a good part of the day yesterday. That had the usual effect on the local athletic fields, so my son’s baseball game was cancelled last night (and quiet possibly will be cancelled tonight, too). The upside of that was I had the rare opportunity to attend a meeting of the Western Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable. This was the first time this year that my schedule and those of my wife and son allowed me to go.
So last night I had the pleasure to see old friend Eric Wittenberg for the first time in over a year and hear his talk on J. E. B. Stuart’s famous – or notorious, if you prefer – ride during the Gettysburg Campaign. The presentation is based on Eric’s and J. D. Petruzzi’s fine study Plenty of Blame to Go Around. As usual, Eric did a fine job, for the most part sans notes, with wife Susan manning the PowerPoint. If he is appearing at a round table near you, or if you’re a program director looking for a speaker, don’t pass up the opportunity to see or book Eric.