George Washington, Namesake of our Round Table

Our next meeting: The Plague Will Not Defeat Us! A Call to Arms (and An Online Meeting)

Greetings! I hope each of you is doing well. Our next meeting is to be an online Zoom meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 4 at 7 p.m. Please let me, Christian Mc Burney,  know if you would like to attend the online Zoom meeting. I will then email you a Zoom link to the meeting on August 4, the day of the meeting.

Our next speaker will be Donald Grady Shomette, who will speak on his book, Privateers of the Revolution: War on the New Jersey Coast, 1775-1783 (2016).

This is a great opportunity to learn about the world of American privateers, an important and underestimated aspect of the American Revolutionary War. While Shomette’s book focuses on New Jersey, his talk covers the entire topic of privateering. Shomette has been praised for his presentations at round tables. Here is a blurb about his book: “Manned by over 18,000 men, these privateers influenced the fight for American independence. From the halls of Congress to the rough waterfronts of Delaware River and Bay to the remote privateering ports of the New Jersey coast and into the Atlantic, a stirring portrait emerges of seaborne raiders, battles, and derring-do, as well as incredible escapes from the great British prison ships ‘vulgarly called Hell,’ where more than 11,000 men perished. A work 40 years in the making extracted from archives in both Europe and America, it is a tale unrivaled by any Hollywood fiction.”

If you would like to order prior to our meeting a copy of Don’s book, Privateers of the Revolution: War on the New Jersey Coast, 1775-1783, here is a link to purchase the book on

Many thanks to our last speaker Holly A. Mayer, for her fine talk on her recent book, Congress’s Own: A Canadian Regiment, the Continental Army, and American Union (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021).

 If you live in or plan to visit the Washington, DC area, you are cordially invited to attend the next meeting of the ARRT-DC.

Come and meet others who share an interest in the American Revolution to enjoy fellowship and lively discussions over dinner, followed by an exciting presentation on some aspect of America's colonial, revolutionary or early national past. Our speakers are experts in their fields, and include professional as well as avocational historians and archeologists, many of whom are also published authors in the subjects about which they speak.

ARRT-DC meetings are held on the first Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October and November.

We issue an e-mail each month informing you of the scheduled speaker at the upcoming meeting and describing local American Revolution lectures and other events you could attend that month.

If you want to attend a meeting, receive the monthly newsletter/bulletin, and/or join our group, please send an e-mail to President Christian McBurney at and Vice President Richard Rankin at or Secretary Doug Bonforte at

We meet in the very appropriate setting of the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria VA 22309 just steps away from George Washington's fabled home.

Please park in the main car parking lot. The restaurant is located across the street to the right.

The hostess will show you to the reserved room where our members meet and socialize, with cash bar, until the meal is served.

Meetings usually start at 6:00 p.m. Upon your arrival, please tell one of the attendees that you are a guest and would like to meet one of the Club Officers.

Meetings include a reasonably priced dinner from the Inn's banquet menu, which includes soup or salad, main course, beverage, dessert and gratuity.

Your RSVP allows us to reserve the necessary number of places, and address if you have special dietary considerations. We ask that you RSVP and pay in advance. However, we can accommodate some who will pay at the door by special arrangement via e-mail, up until 24 hours before the meeting.

If you are interested in attending only the guest speaker's presentation before deciding to join, we request a $5.00 donation.

Please advise ARRT-DC
by e-mail in advance (see above) if you plan to attend. We request you arrive NLT 6:45 pm and stand by the door to the meeting room. A Club Officer will greet and seat you.

Speaker presentations begin at about 7:00 p.m.

The meeting concludes at about 8:15 p.m.

Yearly dues are $25.00, payable in September.