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Battle of Guard Hill - Saturday 25th July 2015

Strictly Members Only and All Prepaid in Advanced The battle of Guard Hill on 16th August 1864 may not be at the forefront of most members’ minds. It took place on the high ground just north of Front Royal. Members who have travelled through the town will be able to visualise the view of the hill and be able to imagine the issue of attacking and defending it and the road behind. Significantly it marked Sheridan's first southward probe against Jubal Early. Wesley Merritt's 1st Cavalry Division (Custer and Devin ) brilliantly reacted against efforts by Fitzhugh Lee's Division (Wickham's Virginia Cavalry and Wofford's Georgia Infantry ) to cross the Shenandoah River and block Sheridan's escape route back to Halltown from positions confronting Early along Cedar Creek near Strasburg. The battle was a swirling, high speed cavalry scrap accompanied by equally well managed horse artillery support. The presenter will be Joe Whitehorne. Most people will know Joe as RT Hon. ACWRTUK VP. Suffice it to say he is a retired US Army officer (25 years) who served as a staff historian in Europe and the US. Upon retiring, he taught university (history) for 21 years, and is now a consultant in history to the Dep't of Anthropology and Sociology at James Madison Univ, providing support to its archaeology program. Time permitting, Joe will also brief the group on the close of 8 years of archaeology at Cedar Creek.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE DAY The Committee believe that this meeting will be very popular with members and we are worried about the maximum occupancy of the CSC. They have told us that we can have a total of 60 members present. As a result of this we have decided upon a number of special rules that will apply for this meeting. We think we have covered all the angles but if we haven’t I am sure that we will be able to sort things out. This is a pre-booked, prepaid members only meeting. We will not accept walk-ins on the day. If you turn up without pre-booking then the Sergeant at arms will turn you away. Numbers are limited to 60. Please post your booking to Sandra Bishop in the normal manner to arrive on or before Monday 20th. If you are the 61st+ applicant, Sandra will contact you when your form is received and let you know that you are on the waiting list. We will be updating our list regularly. If you have any concerns please contact Greg Bayne via email but allow some time between post and receipt and don’t’ worry too much if you have sent the application off early enough. The final cut-off date will be Thursday 23rd July. No news will be good news. If your application is 61st+ we will not cash your cheque. However if you have bought raffle tickets then we will honour them as a free entry for the July meeting draw. If you have booked and cannot come, please let Greg know asap so that we can contact anyone on the waiting list. We have added £5 to the meeting cost to cover Joe’s travel costs. The minimum cost of the meeting is therefore £15. You can add a donation for preservation funds or the raffle but this will not affect your application. If you are the 61st applicant and have purchased raffle tickets then we will honour those tickets free of charge. In the case of any compliant or queries over and above the details outlined above, then Charles Rees is the person to contact. We appreciate that this may all be unnecessary but the CSC have told us that for H&S reasons we need to abide by the rules. This will of course add to the burden of your Committee for this meeting but we do it for your satisfaction. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We aim to please not disappoint. You can download the application form here and the raffle form can be found here The meeting will take place at the Civil Service Club 13 - 15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ. It will commence at 13:30 and should finish around 16:30. You can find the CSC on Google Maps.

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