Regular Meeting Schedule

BCWRT meets on the first Tuesday of the month September through June Registration opens at 6:30 Program starts at 7:00 Hatch Auditorium, Baptist Assembly, Caswell Beach


"Kiss Him for His Mother, Confederate Hospitals In North Carolina in 1865," Wade Sokolosky

Dec 5 2017 - 7:00pm

The Civil War’s final months brought combat on an unprecedented scale to the Tar Heel state as Confederate forces desperately tried to turn back invading Union armies. In the wake of this violent struggle, several thousand wounded Confederate soldiers overwhelmed North Carolina’s 24 military hospitals located across the state. Despite transportation inefficiencies and supply shortages, the Confederate Medical Department and scores of women volunteers succeeded in treating an enormous number of patients. This will be the focus of the next monthly meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table on Tuesday, December 5th, when Colonel (Ret.) Wade Sokolosky returns as guest speaker. His provocative presentation is entitled, “Kiss Him for His Mother: Confederate Hospitals in North Carolina in 1865.” As usual, the meeting will take place at Hatch Auditorium on Caswell Beach. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:15PM. The guest fee is $10, and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues.

As background, of the approximately 620,000 soldiers who died in the war, two-thirds of these deaths were not the result of enemy fire, but of a force stronger than any army of men: disease. Combating disease as well as treating the legions of wounded soldiers pushed Americans to rethink their theories on health, and develop efficient practices to care for the sick and wounded. For medical practitioners in the field during the war, germ theory, antiseptic (clean) medical practices, advanced equipment, and organized hospitalization systems were virtually unknown.

Over time, based on the sheer quantity of those who suffered from disease and severe wounds forced change; i.e., the design of clean, well ventilated and large pavilion-style hospitals offered suffering soldiers care that was efficient and sanitary. Though the mortality rate was higher for soldiers wounded on the battlefield, field dressing stations and field hospitals administered care in increasingly advanced ways. As doctors and nurses became widely familiar with prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, anesthetics, and best surgical practices, medicine was catapulted into the modern era of quality care.

Numerous hospital centers developed rather early in various parts of the southern Confederacy. One of the most typical of such centers was located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was centrally located and easily accessible by rail, and located some distance from the main fighting. Shortly thereafter, additional large general military hospitals were located in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Salisbury, Wake Forest, Wilson and Wilmington, in addition to smaller, temporary wayside hospitals that sprang up along railroad lines. Between 1861-1865, at least thirteen general hospitals and seven wayside hospitals were established offering food, bandages or medicine to soldiers traveling home on furlough or back to the army.

In the early years of the war, the Seamen’s Home located at Dock and South Front Streets in Wilmington was known as General Hospital No. 4, with 200 hospital beds, and served as an army hospital until the fall of Wilmington to Federal troops on February 22, 1865. 

Guest speaker, Wade Sokolosky is one of North Carolina’s leading experts of the 1865 Carolinas Campaign, and has lectured throughout the state, speaking to roundtables, historical societies and organizations and at historical sites. He is also the winner of the Civil War Books and Authors Best Books of the YearAward for 2015 in the “Battle Campaign Histories - Eastern Theater” category. 

"Reflections on the Civil War," Ed Bearss

Jan 3 2018 - 7:00pm

Returning for an eighth time is military historian, prolific writer, Civil War battlefield guide and television commentator Ed Bearss, whose commanding narrative will focus on "Reflections on the Civil War," as he shares his ideas and perspectives of over 60 years of Civil War study. 


"Unlucky in War: Confederate General Braxton Bragg," Chris Fonvielle

Feb 6 2018 - 7:00pm

Chris Fonvielle, Jr., Ph.D., well-respected local historian, author and dynamic speaker, is returning for the third time. With his vast knowledge of the Civil War in Southeastern North Carolina and the Lower Cape Fear region, Fonvielle will discuss "Unlucky in War: Confederate General Braxton Bragg."

"Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg," Noah Trudeau

Mar 6 2018 - 7:00pm

Noah Andre Trudeau, author of military history articles and eight Civil War history books including the Revolutionary War, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish Civil War, and World War I and II. The title of his presentation is "Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg."

"Thucydidies and the Coming of the Civil War," Dick Sommers

Apr 3 2018 - 7:00pm

Dr. Richard J. (Dick) Sommers, award-winning historian and author of over 100 books, articles, chapters, entries, and reviews of the Civil War.  His topic will be "Thucydidies and the Coming of the Civil War" which compares the Peloponnes War, a civil war between the Greeks which took place between 431-404, with the American Civil War. 

"The Atlanta Campaign and Confederate General John Bell Hood," Steve Davis

May 1 2018 - 7:00pm

Steve Davis is a renowned Civil War historian, author, Book Review Editor for Blue & Gray magazine, speaker and consultant for TV documentaries, who speakes at numerous Civil War Round Tables and historical societies.  His topic will be "The Atlanta Campaign and Confederate General John Bell Hood." 

"Letters of Hood's Texas Brigade," Susannah Ural

May 29 2018 - 7:00pm

Susannah Ural, Ph.D., Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities, and co-director of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society in the history department at the University of Southern Mississippi, will return to discuss "Letters of Hood's Texas Brigade." 

Please note that the date of the June meeting has been changed to May 29th due to availability of Hatch Auditorium.