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The next meeting of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable will be Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Bearden Banquet Hall. The speaker will be Frank O’Reilly, historian of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania national military park.


Welcome back to Knoxville, Frank O’Reilly.

Frank A. O’Reilly received both his BA and MA in American History with a concentration in Early American Military History and Civil War Studies. After graduating from Washington & Lee University in 1987, he joined the National Park Service at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

frank-oreillyLater he worked with the Park Service at Independence Hall in Philadelphia before returning to Fredericksburg in 1990 as the park’s permanent historian. He has also served as an historical consultant for the City of Fredericksburg.

O’Reilly, who has lectured extensively on military history to audiences around the world, has written numerous articles on the Civil War and Mexican War and has appeared on CSPAN and in several video documentaries. He is the author of Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg and The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock which garnered a number of awards including a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters.

Currently he is researching a book on the Battle of Malvern Hill and the Seven Days’ Campaign around Richmond.