Seminar Schedule




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 Rangers"

By the end of the War Between the States, about 800 men had been mustered into the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry (Mosby’s Rangers), but nearly 2000 men had rode with them at one time or another over the period of January 1, 1863 to April 21, 1865. Many participated in only a raid or two in order to obtain a new mount or other equipment before returning to their actual unit – Southern cavalrymen had to provide their own mounts and it became known that going on a raid with the Rangers was often an effective means of capturing what was needed (Thank you, Uncle Sam!). Others, with their comrades, joined in on a raid when their unit was operating in “Mosby’s Confederacy.” In some cases, men who had been home convalescing from wounds used the opportunity of riding with the Rangers to re-equip themselves before, once again, heading back to Lee’s Army. A few, after a raid or two, found that the Ranger’s life was not for them and disappeared. All are considered Mosby Rangers. 
Unfortunately, hundreds of the men considered to be Mosby Rangers have virtually “disappeared” from history. Aside from a slip or two of paper in the National Archives documenting their enlistment, period of service or parole at the end of the war, there is little information about the men that has been discovered by the public. Those men, who drove their Union adversaries to distraction during the war, and still captivate our imagination today, are, seemingly, ghosts.
 For the past ten years, Eric Buckland has spent countless hours attempting to fill in the missing pieces on some of those “ghosts”. His primary purpose in publishing his books and in giving presentations is to share what he has been able to find out about the Rangers. Eric believes that the stories are worth telling…..and remembering. 
In his presentation entitled “Stories from Mosby’s Rangers”, Eric will share little known facts and anecdotes about some of the men who rode with Mosby. What has fascinated him throughout the last ten years – and we think will fascinate you, as well – is that many of the true stories are almost unbelievable. Another compelling aspect of the Rangers’ stories are the fact that their actions then have continued to have a lasting impact up until today. 
Join us for a collection of amazing, mesmerizing, humorous and poignant stories about Mosby’s Rangers!

May 27, 2018  Richard Deardoff  "Between Two Fires:  Native Americans and the Civil War.” 

During the American Civil War, troops were withdrawn from our frontier, prompting uprisings against white settlers by Comanches in the Southwest and the Sioux in Minnesota.  The Confederate force invading Arizona and New Mexico were welcomed as providing protection to Americans there.  After losing the Second Battle of Manassas, John Pope was sent to Minnesota to deal with the Sioux.  This resulted in the largest mass execution in our history. Cherokees in the "Indian Territory" signed a treaty of alliance with the Confederacy and were active primarily in the western theater.  The last rebel army to surrender was the Cherokee force under Stand Watie.  28,693 Native Americans served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War, fighting in the battles of Pea Ridge, Second Manassas, Antietam, the Overland Campaign, and Petersburg.

Richard Deardoff is a retired Social Studies teacher from Fauquier County after 40 years experience, and has been named Civil War Trust Teacher of the Year, Sons of the American Revolution Teacher of the Year, Mosby Heritage Area Teacher of the Year, and Brandy Station Foundation Volunteer of the Year

June 24, 2018 Eric Cox "The Little Fork Rangers"

July 29, 2018 William Connery "Civil War Northern Virginia 1861" In the mid-nineteenth century, Alexandria was a port across from the Nation’s Capital; Arlington was an eleven-hundred acre estate managed by U.S. Colonel and Mrs. Robert E. Lee; Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun Counties consisted of rolling farmland and tiny villages. This peaceful region was thrown into chaos as South Carolina seceded from the Union in December 1860 and other slave states followed until Virginia finally joined the Confederacy in April and May 1861. The invasion of Northern Virginia on May 24, 1861, created a no-man’s land between Yankee and Rebel armies. Some citizens joined Confederate forces, while others stayed to face uncertainty. This book offers new insights into this most important time in American history. Mr. Connery received the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for writing his book. He will have copies of this book for signing and his latest publication, Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia.

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"