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 Join us on January 7, 2019, as Stan Schneider discusses General Alexander S. Webb


Stan Schneider is a graduate of the City College of New York and its ROTC program.  Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he eventually became a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves and is an Honor Graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College.  Stan’s civilian career began with stints at the National Academy of Science and Naval Intelligence, followed by 36 years of service with NOAA and NASA working in positions related to management of weather and earth observing satellites. Stan retired from NASA in 2010 and is currently a consultant to aerospace companies. He is a past Board Member, Vice President, and two-time President of the Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia, the third oldest such organization in the United States.

Stan tells the remarkable story of Union General Alexander S. Webb. Scion of an illustrious family, Webb was a hero of the battle of Gettysburg, chronicler of the Civil War, and an honored participant in post war veterans’ societies. Webb served in a series of staff positions during the first two years of the war.  At Chancellorsville in May 1863, Webb performed courageous service as Chief of Staff to General Meade’s Fifth Corps, guiding a brigade to a critical position to defend against a Confederate assault. As a reward, he was promoted to Brigadier General and command of the Philadelphia Brigade, just three days before the Battle of Gettysburg, Together Webb and the Philadelphia Brigade achieved immortality at Gettysburg.  Posted at the “angle”, in the wall on Cemetery Ridge, and adjacent to the “copse of trees” which was the target of Pickett’s Charge on the last day of the battle, they stood firm and repelled the Confederate assault on their front. Webb would eventually receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions that day and his exploits and that of the Brigade are marked by numerous statues and markers on the battlefield. 

Webb went on the command a division after Gettysburg before being critically wounded at Spotsylvania Court House. After a seven-month recuperation he was promoted to Major General and became Chief of Staff of the Army of the Potomac, a position he held until Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Webb remained in the Army until 1869 when he resigned to become president of the City College of New York, a post he held for 33 years. 


The presentation is free of charge for those ordering dinner. For those who do not order food there will be a $5 charge.


Join us at 5:30 pm in the John Cosgrove Members' Lounge (formerly the Game Room). The National Press Club menu will challenge your palette and the very capable Club staff will be able to meet any libation request. Please bring cash or checks for payment. Please note that no dinner orders will be taken after 6:30.


The CHCWRT meets in the newly renovated John Cosgrove Members' Lounge of the prestigious and historic National Press Club, which is located at 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045, on the 13th floor.

The National Press Building is conveniently located approximately two blocks from Metro Center (Blue, Orange and Red Lines).

FREE parking is available at the PMI garage located on the North side of G Street between 13th and 14th Streets, if you arrive at the garage after 5:00 p.m. and purchase food and/or drinks at the National Press Club. Just bring your parking ticket to the meeting for validation.