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


"Fighting the Civil War: Historical Treasures of the Conflict in the Collection of the National Civil War Museum,” Wayne Motts

Apr 4 2017 - 7:00pm

Wayne E. Motts is the Chief Executive Officer of The National Civil War Museum located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is one of the largest museums in the country dedicated to telling the complete story of the war from the viewpoint of both sides. North Carolina played a major role in the war, and that will be explained by Wayne as guest speaker for the Tuesday, April 4th meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table. His presentation is entitled, "Fighting the Civil War: Historical Treasures of the Conclict in the Collection of the National Civil War Museum,” a topic that is guaranteed to be of interest to anyone residing in our great state.

The museum holds more than 4,000 three-dimensional artifacts and over 21,000 archival items, including manuscripts, diaries, letters, photographic images, newspapers and correspondence dating from1861 - 1865. The Round Table audience attending this meeting will join Wayne on a journey of North Carolina’s part in the war as illustrated by some of the rarest surviving Civil War artifacts in the museum’s collection. 

This journey is best communicated by him based on his exceptional credentials. For starters, he was one of the youngest persons ever to complete the licensing process to be a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park. He has guided parties around the famous field for 28 years. He has spoken to a wide range of historical organizations and groups on various Civil War topics, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. In addition to speaking engagements, Wayne is an accomplished author, publishing many books and articles, including  “Trust in God and Fear Nothing, General Lewis A. Armistead,” and “Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History.” He can also be seen on numerous television documentaries and videos produced by the History Channel, the TNT network and the A&E channel. 

Ladies Forum: Rhonda Florian and Charen Fink

Apr 10 2017 - 6:00pm

This popular Ladies’ Civil War Forum has scheduled their eighth meeting on Monday, April 10th. Registration begins at 5:30PM, however pre-registration is requested. The program will take place from 6:00PM to 8:00PM in Murrow Hall at Trinity United Methodist Church on Nash Street, across from the Post Office in Southport. The guest fee for non-BCWRT members is $5, and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues to the Brunswick Civil War Round Table, the sponsor of this event.

The special guest presenter is Rhonda Florian. Her topic is entitled, “The Strong Southern Woman.” The presentation will focus on the war-time experiences of twenty-two Southern women, and includes photographs or portraits of thirteen of these women. Sketches from Harper’s Weekly and other photographs reveal life as it was for Southern women during the Civil War. Women are rarely discussed when one addresses the trials and tribulations of anyone that was involved in the Civil War. Most historians simply gravitate to the fighting men, and rarely discuss female involvement even though they played a vital role, experiencing their share of trauma and frustration.

Rhonda has as impressive background and envious credentials. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, and National Society of the Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims. Also, she is the recipient of the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal issued by the United Daughters of the Confederacy for outstanding contributions in furthering the study and preservation of Confederate history.

The second part of the program will be a presentation by the Forum’s hostess, Charen Fink, a vice president of the BCWRT; the founder of the Ladies’ Forum;  and, a Living History Interpreter. She is highly qualified to share her knowledge on any number of Civil War topics based on her extensive research, as well as being a relative of three Civil War ancestors who fought for the Union.  Her topic is entitled, “Civil War Era Etiquette,” revealing what was considered proper for dining, dancing, social interaction, visits and courtships.   

Civil War- era refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. Interested attendees are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Charen at (910) 854-0039, or email dcftandm@hotmail.com. Late registrants may register at the door. For more information about the Ladies’ Civil War Forum or the Brunswick Civil War Round Table, visit their interesting and informative website at Brunswickcivilwarroundtable.com. 

"The Myth of the Lost Cause," Ed Bonekemper

May 2 2017 - 7:00pm

Ed Bonekemper. He is a prolific writer, popular speaker and longtime professor of history at the college level. He is a returning guest speaker having visited the Round Table in October, 2014. His topic: “The Myth of the Lost Cause.”  His topic questions include, what was the nature of slavery in 1861 and was it a dying institution? Was slavery the primary cause of secession and the Civil War? And, could the South have won the war? 

"Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle," Chris Mackowski

May 30 2017 - 7:00pm

Chris Mackowski will be returning for his second time to the BCWRT.  His topic is "Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle."