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.
April 29, 2018 Eric Buckland "Stories from Mosby's
May 27, 2018 To be announced
June 24, 2018 Eric Cox "The Little Fork Rangers"
July 29, 2018 To be announced
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
September 30, 2018 Anita Henderson, "Maria Lewis, Black Female
Trooper of the 8th NY cavalry"