Seminar Schedule

 

2018 SEMINAR SERIES

 

The Brandy Station Foundation 2018 Sunday lecture series begins in April and is held on the last Sunday of each month from April through September and begins at 2:00 PM. Everyone is welcome, the lectures are free (although donations are welcome), and free refreshments are provided by BSF board members and friends.

 


August 26, 2018 David Goetz "Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies"
In his presentation of Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies, author David Goetz begins by examining the background of individuals and groups from both sides in the War Between the States who wanted to capture or kill Confederate President Jefferson Davis and U. S. President Abraham Lincoln.

From these outlines, Goetz explores Colonel Mosby’s role, as well as that of his Rangers in the war, but especially the Lincoln conspiracies. He further reviews Mosby’s service as a soldier and spy under his commanding officer, Gen. J. E. B. Stuart and, after Stuart’s death, Gen. Robert E. Lee; his perfection of the concept of need to know; his communications system with Richmond and the Northern Neck of Virginia and the importance of cover stories for his various actions and those of his men.

Goetz investigates deep-cover Confederate clandestine operatives in Washington and Baltimore. He also traces how Mosby Ranger Lewis Powell was drawn into clandestine work by the Confederate Secret Service and ultimately introduced to John Wilkes Booth, becoming part of his group. He further explores the wide net cast by Mosby’s men and others who observed Booth and David Herold as they fled Washington down the Secret Line through Maryland and into Virginia after Lincoln’s murder and, ultimately, on to Garrett’s farm in Caroline County.

A fresh look is given to Mosby’s forming his last company, Co. H, on April 5, 1865, four days before Lee’s surrender to Grant, and how Confederate munitions expert and saboteur Sgt. Frank Harney was embedded into it. It is believed his mission was to blow up the White House with Lincoln and his cabinet in it, but Co. H was routed in a fight with federal cavalry in Fairfax County, Va. on April 10; Harney and several of his team were captured miles away near the Potomac River. Some of Mosby’s stay-behind group was also in place in Virginia and Maryland to assist Harney escape had his plan succeeded.

The central question in all of this is how much did Mosby know, and was he complicit in an attempt to murder the president of the United States?

David Goetz owns Mosby's Confederacy Tours, and leads tours in “Mosby's Confederacy”, including Virginia counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Warren and Clarke. He has published his second non-fiction book, Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies, which considers the clandestine side of the Lincoln Conspiracies and Mosby’s role in them. His first non-fiction work, “Hell is Being a Republican in Virginia”: The Postwar Relationship Between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant, examines the pursuit of peace and reconciliation between North and South by Colonel Mosby and President Grant during and after Reconstruction.

Mr. Goetz is descended from the family of Chaplain Father James M. Graves, a Jesuit priest who served with Generals Joe Johnston and Stonewall Jackson in the Army of Virginia in 1861-62. He is a past commander of the Black Horse Camp #780, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Fauquier County, Virginia, currently serves as vice-president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and is a member of the Fauquier Historical Society board of directors.

Mr. Goetz has a professional background in public relations, sales and marketing, primarily with non-profit organizations. He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky, and a Master of Science in Community Development from the University of Louisville. He is a U.S. Army veteran, received an Honorable Discharge, and lives in Culpeper County, Virginia.

 

 

September 30, 2018 Anita Henderson, "Maria Lewis, Black Female Trooper of the 8th NY cavalry"

Anita L. Henderson is a native of Chicago, IL. who attended Wellesley College and Howard University College of Medicine.  She currently is a dermatologist practicing with Anne Arundel Dermatology in Columbia, MD.

Anita's earliest passions were horses and history, learning how to ride at the age of 7, participating in Western and English horse shows, jumping, trail riding all over the US, herding cows out west, fox hunting, carriage driving, cowboy mounted shooting and mounted Civil War cavalry.  She has ridden in  Ireland, Portugal and all over the US.

Anita's passion for history was stoked by both parents, her mother a teacher and her father a former WWII veteran who had been a drill instructor and quartermaster battalion clerk.  She grew up listening to her parents and other family members’ stories and started to  read and study history voraciously.  

Twenty years ago, the two passions merged when Anita became interested in Civil War living history and was lucky enough to meet authentic living historians who wanted to interpret the war and it’s participants accurately with regard to knowledge, uniform and clothing and interpretation.  She currently interprets both a military and civilian impression.  She is a mounted cavalry bugler currently riding with the 13th VA Cavalry, Co. H., Light Sussex Dragoons and does an enslaved/free black woman who is a cook and does open fire and hearth cooking using period recipes and implements.  She also does an enslaved housekeeper interpretation as well.  She is a long time member of the Atlantic Guard Soldiers’ Aid Society one of the most authentic civilian living history groups in the country   She recently became a member of the Sons and Daughters of Ham who are an authentic, black civilian group.    She is also a member of the Company of Military Historians.

Anita has also done background artist work in a variety of historical documentary, independent and Hollywood films including;  Wicked Spring, No Retreat From Destiny, The Unmasking of Sarah Edmonds, Racing the Times, A History of Horse Racing in Maryland-PBS,  Civilians Desolate, Civilians Free, Fredericksburg NBP film and  Gods and Generals.