Greater Tidewater Chapter


Fred Taylor or Gerald Roxbury

The Greater Tidewater / Southside Virginia Chapter is headquartered at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News, Virginia. The Virginia War Museum is also the official repository of the Company of Military Historians uniform collection. The Chapter was chartered by the CMH Board of Governors in September 2006. Beginning with ten dedicated CMH members the Chapter currently numbers over fifty members from a wide variety of military history related fields. The Chapter counts professional historians, active and retired military, museum professionals, writers, collectors, re-enactors, researchers, and miniaturists among its ranks. Chapter members come from throughout the greater Tidewater and Southside Virginia regions.

The Chapter hosts a variety of events ranging from museum and battlefield tours, to member lectures and presentations. Upcoming events will include battlefield archaeology and cooperative events with other area militaria organizations. The Chapter meets bi-monthly depending on the type of event planned.

Gerald Roxbury, President:

Fred Taylor:

Greater Tidewater/Southside Chapter-Company of Military Historians Facebook Page

    Current News:

    the BALTIMORE SHOW…..2024

    MACA 2024

    MACA 2024 Judges Choice Award…Gerry Roxbury..US Naval Sword of the Antebellum Period. Jerry with Larry Floyd at the display table


    MACA SHOW March 17th 18th 19th 2023

    Jerry Roxbury by his display table at the Maryland Arms Collectors Association (MACA) show….“The Naval Militia of New York”.  It was an incredible and very educational display of early naval militia items from New York.   Congratulations on winning the Judges Choice Award for the 2023 MACA Show, well deserved!

    Russell Raynor’s Sword Belt …Founder and an Ex-Commander in New York State Naval Militia


    2022 Autumn Gettysburg Civil War & Militaria Show

    October 29 & 30, 2022

    Company of Military Historians Members sweep the awards at the Autumn Gettysburg Civil War show. Paul Johnson- Best of Show – Saber bayonets and scabbards

    Fred Taylor- Most Educational – English Imported Arms to the Confederacy

    Gerald Roxbury- Judges Choice- U.S Navy Hats  


    Gettysburg Spring Show 2022

    Jerry Roxbury’s award winning display of Fleet Surgeon Lewis Willis Minor (1808-1872) USN-CSNHis naval sword and portrait….

    Lewis Willis Minor was CO of Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA 1850-1852, 1855-1858. He served as fleet surgeon in the names of the United and Confederate States, was skilled in his profession, distinguished for gallantry in Mexico and conspicuous for his noble devotion in the great epidemic of 1855 for which he was thanked by the Sec’y of the Navy and voted a gold medal by the Corporation of Portsmouth.

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    MACA 2022 Show

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    Jerry Roxbury and James Kochan at the Tidewater Chapter Display…. “Naval Swords and Cutlasses”.

    Another well attended MACA show at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium Maryland

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    Fall 2021 Gettysburgo Show

    Jerry Roxbury wins “Best in Show” for his display on “Civil War Officers Swordsat the Fall 2021 Gettysburg Show. Congratulations Jerry! Sword Display with Larry Floyd helping Jerry with the table.

    Gettysburg Show April 2021

    At the Gettysburg April 2021 show, CMH Chapter members took three of the four show display awards:

    Juanita Leisch-Jensen 1st Runner-up for her display of Uniforms titled Early and Ongoing Authenticity

    Uniform Display

    Jerry Roxbury 2nd Runner-up for display of swords titled Presentation and Presentation Grade Civil War Pattern 1852 Naval Officer Swords”

    Naval Officer Swords:

    Paul Johnson Judges Choice Award for his display of leather goods titled Cartridge Boxes for Union Carbines 1839-1865”

    Union Carbine Boxes

    Jim Brown won 1st prize with his display onVirginia Manufactory Swords“. Congratulations to all for outstanding displays!

    Virginia Manufactory Swords