27/07/2019 - NEXT MEETING - The Jackson-Loring Controversy - Joe Whitehorne

"With such interference in my command I cannot expect to be of much service in the field; and accordingly respectfully request to be ordered to report for duty to the Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute Ö Should this application not be granted, I respectfully request that the President will accept my resignation from the Army." T E Jackson

In our July meeting will hear from one of our most popular American speakers, Joe Whitehorne, speaking on possibly our most popular subject, Stonewall Jackson.


Military operations in western Virginia in 1861 and early 1862 set the stage for a confrontation between Stonewall Jackson and several of his senior officers. These command conflicts and aspects of Jackson's personality resulted in the collapse of his strategic vision to recover control of Virginia's western counties and to threaten the Ohio Valley. This talk examines the situation in what eventually became West Virginia and discusses the events leading to the Romney Campaign. The campaign's failure may be seen as a result of problems with Jackson's leadership style, combined with Richmond's inexperience and inability to coordinate its forces with a clear strategy.




Joe Whitehorne is a retired United States Army officer who served as a staff historian in the United States and Europe. His last assignment was on the staff of the Secretary of the Army. His duties included primary research, battlefield interpretation, archives development and support to archaeological and casualty recovery operations.


After retiring from the Army in 1989, he was a professor of history at Lord Fairfax Community College until retiring again in 2010. He continues to be a historical consultant to the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at James Madison University, in which capacity he has written the history portions of 16 major reports on Civil War military sites in the Shenandoah Valley. He is the author or co-author of numerous military history articles and 19 books.


A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he holds a doctorate from George Mason University and an honorary doctorate from Shenandoah University. His honours also include the Andrew Watts Prize from the University of Pennsylvania and the Moncado Prize from the American Military History Institute. His military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart and 2 Legions of Merit.


He is past president of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and Past President of the Warren County (VA) Historical Society.



Meetings are held at the Civil Service Club London 1:00pm start