ses·qui·cen·ten·ni·al – The Civil War Remembered

Storyteller “Country Joe” Rosier presents two “living history” plays at the CAPITAL (DC) FRINGE FESTIVAL   July 19 to July 26, 2013

“Reflections of Robert E. Lee: Confederate  General”

Join General Lee in June, 1870 at Lexington, Virginia as he “reflects on his long military career and his decision to lead the South through four years of fighting the Civil War.”

General Lee Performance dates and times: Friday 7/19/13 at 7:00 PM; Saturday 7/20/13 at 12:45 PM; Wednesday 7/24/13 at 8:15 PM.

“An Evening With General Ulysses S. Grant”

Join General Grant in June, 1883 at West Point, New York for the “40th Reunion of the Class of 1843″ as he reflects on his early life, his hardships, and his military career.

General Grant Performance dates and times: Sunday 7/21/13 at 12:00 Noon; Tuesday 7/23/13 at 8:30 PM; Friday 7/26/13 at 8:00 PM.

CAOS on F  923 F Street NW      Washington, DC 20004

(Just around the corner and a 2 minutes walk from Ford’s Theater (511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004)

For Tickets Visit: or by calling 866-811-4111.

METRO  :Metro Center (Blue, Orange, Red), Gallery Place Chinatown (Green, Yellow, Red) Bus: 42, 54, 63, 64,80, D3, D6, G8, P6, P17, P19, S2, S4, W13, X2, X9Circulator: Georgetown/Union Station Bike Share: 8th & H St NW, 7th & F St NW, 5th & F St NW

To contact Joe Rosier call 407-687-5890 or

Both plays written and performed by Storyteller “Country Joe” Rosier.

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Join General Lee and General Grant in Orlando on October 26 and 27, 2012 at Lowndes Shakespeare Center

The Greater Orlando Civil War Roundtable [GOCWRT] is collaborating with storyteller “Country Joe Rosier” to present two nights of historic drama

Friday, October 26, 2012

“Robert E. Lee: Confederate General”. Join General Lee in June 1870 at Lexington, Virginia as he “reflects on his long military career and his decision to lead the South through four years of fighting the Civil War.”

Saturday October 27, 2012

“An Evening With General Ulysses S. Grant.” Join General Grant as he honors the Class of 1843, at West Point, New York

Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 E. Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803

Show at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Q & A after the show.


Adult 18.00 both shows 32.00

Students 12.00 both shows 20.00

Seniors – military – re-enactors –
members of the Shakespeare Guild –
members of GOCWRT
16.00 or 28.00 for both shows.

Tickets available from Dave Armstrong at or 386-325-0271
or Joe Rosier at 407-321-6577

Both plays written and performed by Storyteller “Country Joe” Rosier
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Virginia Civil War Trip On Amtrak Blog September, 2012

To my friends, I am off to Virginia to do further research for my two Civil War plays on General Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. Hopefully I can visit most of the Virginia battlefields and museums. If I have enough time I may visit Gettysburg and Antietam.

Suggestions on who to meet, places to visit, and thoughts on reasonable lodging would be appreciated. Of course, ideas for good bookstores and coffee shops would also be great.

It all starts on Saturday evening September 1, as I board Amtrak heading to Petersburg Virginia. After a visit to the McClean House at Appomattox Courthouse, I will be boarding Amtrak on Sunday, September 9 to head back to Orlando.

Follow my blog on of the entire trip including the Amtrak portion as well as the various sites I visit and who I have coffee with. Follow

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An Evening With Ulysses S. Grant

Storyteller “Country Joe” Rosier performs excerpts from his play: “An Evening With Ulysses S. Grant”.

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General Robert E. Lee: Confederate General

Storyteller “Country Joe” Rosier performs excerpts from his play Robert E. Lee: Confederate General.

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General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant Performed by Storyteller “Country Joe” Rosier

Enjoy two nights of historical drama when playwright and actor Joe Rosier portrays two famous Civil War generals: Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.

“Robert E. Lee: Confederate General”. Join General Lee in June 1870 at Lexington, Virginia as he “reflects on his long military career and his decision to lead the South through four years of fighting the Civil War.”

“An Evening With Ulysses S. Grant”. In honor of the West Point Class of 1843, join General Grant as he recounts his early life, his military career,and his relationship with General Robert E. Lee.

Joe is available to perform at conventions, schools, theaters, libraries, historical societies, Civil War re-enactments, and retirement communities. Should you prefer a luncheon or dinner performance. Joe can tailor the presentation to your needs.

Civil War – General Grant – General Lee

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“Christina and the Nutcracker” just published

My new children’s book “Christina and the Nutcracker” based on a story I created many years ago and perform during the holiday season as part of my annual “Visit From Father Christmas”. Enjoy the video. Video of \"Christina and the Nutcracker\"

Books are available in the local Orlando area or they can be ordered online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit the “Christina and the Nutcracker” website at

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“The Green Room” featuring Storyteller Country Joe Rosier

Go behind the scenes as we take a look at how one actor gets ready to perform. This short documentary was shot on location at The Lake Mary Historical Museum. They were kind enough to let us film Storyteller Country Joe while he gets into character. Storyteller Country Joe is a solo performer who specializes in one man shows like : Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus), Ulyesses S. Grant, Alexander Graham Bell, and several other lovable characters. For more information on Storyteller Country Joe Check out his website at

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July 4, 1863. A Remembrance.

As we remember the sesquicentennial of our civil; war and took back 150 years ago to the first week of July 1863 we are reminded of the two major battles that changed the course of the Civil War and our Nation.

Robert E Lee had led the Army of Northern Virginia into Northern territory at the battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The Union army under Gen. George Meade who had just been appointed to lead the Army of the Potomac three days before July 1,1863 was able to push the Confederates back across the Potomac where they would never re-attack the North. After a three day battle at Gettysburg, General Lee and his troops would head back South on Friday, July 3, 1863 having suffered a major defeat.

In the West. a rising general of the Union armies, Ulysses S Grant would successfully complete the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi which began on May 19, 1863. The soldiers and townsfolk of Vicksburg were living in caves. Starvation had struck the city so that the residents were eating rats, dogs, and cats.  On July 3, 1863 General Grant had sent a very short letter to General John C. Pemberton, the commander of the Confederate forces at Vicksburg which stated: “Surrender by 9 AM on July, 4, 1863 or we begin bombardment of the city of Vicksburg.”

Vicksburg surrendered on Saturday, July 4, 1863, and for many years after the war the citizens did not celebrate the Fourth of July.

The capture of Vicksburg gave the Union control of the entire Mississippi River from Minnesota to New Orleans.  The fall of Vicksburg split the  Confederacy and cut the Eastern states of the Confederacy off from their food supply in the West.

These twin battles in the early days of July, 1863 gave Pres. Lincoln and the North new hope that the war would soon end.  However there were still 21 more months of devastation and death before General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia on April 12, 1865.

Until these two battles, politicians in the South had believed that the North would tire of the war because of the loss of life and treasure. They felt that Lincoln would be forced to negotiate a peace treaty.

Southern politicians also believed that winning a major battle in the North such as Gettysburg would encourage the European countries to recognize the Confederacy as a separate country.

Lincoln however utilized the twin victories and in particular Gettysburg as a opportunity to press for emancipation of the slaves.  Even though he had issued the Emancipation Proclamation as an Executive Order on January 1, 1863; it wasn’t until his Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 that he clarified the importance of his earlier Proclamation,

Lincoln spoke for just over two minutes, and reiterated the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and proclaimed the Civil War as a struggle for the preservation of the Union in opposition to secession. He described “a new birth of freedom that would bring true equality to all of its citizens”. Lincoln also redefined the Civil War as a struggle not just for the Union, but also for the principle of human equality.

Pres. Lincoln also recognized that he had a General that could fight and win; his name was Ulysses S Grant.  It wouldn’t be until the spring of 1864 that Pres. Lincoln selected Lieutenant General Grant as the military leader of the Union forces.

During this week historians and commentators will talk of the battle at Gettysburg and may recognize the importance of the surrender of Vicksburg.

As we watched the reenactment of these major battles on our cell phones, Ipads, Internet feeds and television sets; the significance of these two battles that took place 150 years ago may not be appreciated.

In 2013 we can read of civil wars around the world and gasp at the terrible loss of life; but we must remember that our country went through almost 4 years of civil war in which it is estimated 600,000 Americans of both the North and the South were lost.

Our democracy and our republic style of government was put to the test by the Civil War.

Grant and Lee, the two generals who fought each other from May of 1864 until April 12, 1865 were both decent and honorable men who recognized that despite the 4 years of conflict they were Americans and brothers again.

On this 4th of July 2013, we should remember those Americans who fought so valiantly and from whom I peace was forged and that we remained the United States of America.

I currently perform twp plays in my “sesquicentennial – The Civil War Remembered.”

I perform General Robert E Lee as the 63 year old President of Washington College in 1870 only a few months before he passes away on October 12, 1870.

I also perform General Ulysses S. Grant at the age of 61 in 1883 as he gathers with the other graduates of the Unites States Military Academy for “The 40th Reunion of the class of 1843”.

I’ve spent years researching both Generals and have visited many of the Civil War battlefields and towns where they resided prior to the Civil War in order to better understand the war and the era in which they lived.

Each time I perform these plays I attempt to emulate these men and feel their character, their passion and their pain.

I have concluded that the United States of America was truly blessed by having General Grant and General Lee resolve the conflict on April 12, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. General Grant, after conferring with Pres. Lincoln at City Point, Virginia met with General Lee and offered very reasonable terms of surrender in which the Confederate soldiers would be paroled but not imprisoned and be allowed to return home so long as they took an Oath Of Allegiance to the United States of America.

As for General Lee, he had been urged by some of his officers to conduct a guerrilla war throughout the South and thus extend the war for years to come.  Genera Lee rejected that choice and made the decision to surrender the Army of Northern Virginia.

On this 4th of July, 2013, as we look back at the battles that took place 150 years ago,  we should be proud that our country was led by two exceptional Americans and West Point graduates who came together on Palm Sunday, April 12, 1865 and resolved our nation’s Civil War.

May everyone have a safe holiday; but do take a moment to reflect on our wonderful country and thank our forefathers for the United States of America.


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September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Md

Today, September 17, 1862 (150 years ago) Antietam was the bloodiest one day battle of the Civil War in which 1 in 4 solders was a casualty. The total casualties (deaths, wounded or missing) for both armies was 23,000.

This Maryland campaign began on September 13 1862 when General Robert E. Lee moved the Army of Northern Virginia into the area near Sharpsburg, Md. which was only 40 miles northwest of Washington, DC.

On the morning of September 13, 1862 Union General George B. McClellan moved his army into Frederick, Md. Which was about 13 miles from Lee’s army.

Part of Lee’s Army under the command of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was sent to Harper’s Ferry, VA (now WVA) to secure the Federal arsenal. Lee expected Harpers Ferry to be taken by September 13, 1862; but it wasn’t until September 15 that he was successful.

One of the most unusual events ocurred during Lee’s Maryland campaign; Lee’s battle plans were lost.

Cpl. Barton Mitchell of the 27th Indiana found an envelope in an abandoned Confederal camp, Inside the envelope was a few sheets of paper wrapped around 3 cigars. This turned out to be Special Order No 191 which was lost by a Confederate Courier.

For an insightful article on Lee’s Lost Order see Phil Leigh’s article in The New York Times at

For further information on this important battle visit The Civil War Trust.

After the Antietam battle, Lee would cross back over the Potomac River into Virginia. The follwing June, General Lee would again invade the North only to be defeated at Gettysburg, PA on July 3, 1863.

The Maryland campaign of 1862 could be looked on as a draw. Lee showed the North that his army had the potential to invade the North and incite fear in the citizens of Washington, DC

Antiteam was not a victory for the Union but it gave President Lincoln enough confidence to issue the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. This would take effect on January 1, 1863.

This past weekend Civll War re-enactors from around the country converged on Antiteam and Harpers Ferry battlefields. The weather was in the the upper 70′s to mid 80’s. What was the temperature back in 1862 when both armies were clad in woolen uniforms?

Last week on my Civil Wa Tour I spent one evening in Frederick, MD and another evening in Harpers Ferry and visited both Gettysburg, PA and Antietam battle grounds at Sharpsburg, MD When I was there it was in the low 90′s and I saw many re-emactors marching on the way to Antietam.

As I walked among the graves and historical markers in Antietam on a hot afternoon with a slight breeze and a stillness I had the sense of being among those young men who gave so much for the Confederate cause and those who died to preserve the Union. It is our history and our heritage. It is not to be forgotten.

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General Lee and General Grant Plays on October 26 and 27, 2012 in Orlando, Fl.

To all my Civil War friends I am excited to announce that I have joined efforts with the Greater Orlando Civil War Roundtable to present my two solo plays in the Mandell Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando, FL 32803 on October 26 and 27, 2012.

On Friday night, “Robert E Lee: Confederate General” and on Saturday night “An Evening With General Ulysses S Grant”.

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Storyteller “Country Joe” Rosier performs at Orlando Folk Festival

Storyteller “Country Joe” will be sharing his stories from his saddlebags the weekend of February 11 and 12, 2012 at Mennello Museum. He will be on the Main Stage at 11 AM on Saturday. A great contingent of folk musicians will perform the rest of Saturday and Sunday. Plus many artists and crafts will be sharing the grounds. A free event

Storyteller "Country Joe" Rosier

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