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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

Meetings

"Carolyn Evans Presents Harriet Tubman," Carolyn Evans

Date: 
Nov 5 2019 - 7:00pm

The Brunswick Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that accomplished professional, Ms. Carolyn Evans, portraying Harriet Tubman, who was born a slave, and legendary hero responsible for freeing hundreds of slaves as conductor of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War, will be the special guest speaker at the Tuesday, November 5th meeting. The meeting will be held at Hatch Auditorium on Caswell Beach. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:15PM. The featured “histo-drama” presentation begins at 7:00PM. Everyone is invited to attend this extraordinary, not-to-be-missed program.

The audience will witness Harriet Tubman come to life on stage in Ms. Evens’s one-woman show highlighting the only military command in American history in which a woman led the raid! She will guide the audience through Tubman’s life during the Victorian era, including the Civil War, and was part of the Combahee Ferry Raid, Battle of Fort Wagner, draft riots and the heroic Gullah Geechee 2nd South Carolina unit. Tubman was one of the most heroic women in American history, leading slaves to freedom over a decade through the Underground Railroad, a network of people, African American as well as white, offering shelter and aid to escaping slaved from the South.  She always carried a rifle because she cautioned slaves that if they were thinking about surrendering or returning, she would shoot them! Because of her bravery and courage, Tubman never lost a passenger, while Southern slaveholders offered $40,000 for her capture, but they were never successful. “The audience is going to see the Underground Railroad and the continuance of that railroad through her experience in the Civil War,” Evans said. “”I want them to feel her heart and her love for people.” She will show Tubman’s strong spiritual side, earning the nickname Moses because of her determination to free as many slaves as possible.

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Tubman found ways to fight slavery. She was recruited to assist fugitive slaves at Fort Monroe, and worked as a nurse, cook and laundress. She used her knowledge of herbal medicines to help treat sick soldiers and fugitive slaves. In 1863, she became head of an espionage and scout network for the Union Army. She provided crucial intelligence to Union commanders about Confederate Army supply routes and troops, and helped liberate slaves to form black Union regiments. Though just over five feet tall, she was a force to be reckoned with, although it took over three decades for the government to recognize her military contributions and award her financially. In addition, a World War II liberty ship, the SS Harriet Tubman was named after her. And, in 2016, the U.S. Treasury honored her by replacing former President and slave owner Andrew Jackson’s image with hers on the $20 bill.

This incredible story about this amazing patriot will be told in a most dramatic way. Carolyn Evens appearing as Harriet Tubman as if she was appearing in person. Evans began performing as a child at family barbecues and gatherings, but said she started stuttering by the time she was 5 years old. It took years of work to conquer her speech impediment. She became interested in acting at Syracuse University and continued to act at The City University of New York. She has performed on stage with entertainers including Glenn Close, Melba Moore and Terry McFadden. She has appeared at the Apollo Theater, on New York’s WBAI radio, PENN Center, Inc., at Gettysburg, as well as PBS TV and CNN TV.

"Fort Anderson in the Civil War," Jim McKee

Date: 
Dec 3 2019 - 7:00pm

Jim McKee, Site Manager of Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site, and one of the original advisors of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table. The fort was pivotal in protecting the Cape Fear River inlets and Wilmington for the Confederate army.

"Reflections on the Civil War," Ed Bearss

Date: 
Jan 8 2020 - 7:00pm

Ed Bearrs returns for his eighth visit. He is a renowned Civil War historian, prolific author, battlefield guide, and television commentator. Bearrs will recount highllights of his vast knowledgeof Civil War events without the benefit of a single note or script. 

"Success and Failure in the Saddle: Union and Confederate Cavalry in the 1865 Campaign in North Carolina," Wade Sokolosky

Date: 
Feb 4 2020 - 7:00pm

Col. (Ret.) Wade Sokolosky, a 25 year veteran of the U.S. Army and one of North Carolina's leading experts of the 1865 Carolina Campaign.  He lectures throughout the Carolinas speaking to Civil War round tables, societies, organizations and at historic sites.  

"Now We Stand Together Always" (3 Act play)," Derek Maxfield

Date: 
Mar 3 2020 - 7:00pm

Derek Maxfield, associate professor of history at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York and his associate, Tracy Ford, will portray Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman in a three act theatrical "conversation" which took place near the end of the Civil War. 

"Closing Down the Kingdom: The Battles for Fort Fisher 1864-1865", Chris Fonvielle

Date: 
Apr 7 2020 - 7:00pm

Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr., Ph.D., popular Wilmington historian, frequent guest speaker, Civil War battlefield tour guide, prolific author, and retired assistant professor of history at UNCW. 

"The Bounty Men," Brian Luskey

Date: 
May 5 2020 - 7:00pm

Brian Luskey, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the History Department at West Virginia University. He is a prolifc author of books, journal articles, book chapters, and essays.  "The Bounty Men" were men who enlisted in the Union or Confederate army, collected a bounty, then deserted to a new area to enlist again to earn another bounty.

"Eastern Theater Railroads," Scott Mingus

Date: 
May 26 2020 - 7:00pm

Scott L. Mingus, Sr., an award-winning historian and the author of 21 books on the Civil War and the Underground Railroad.  His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer boy in the 51st Ohio Infantry. Railroads were a major factor in the Civil War, especially in the North which had a commanding advantage given its industrial strength and miles of railroad track.