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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

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"'Fighting Dick Anderson:Lee's Most Maligned General," Larry Hewitt

Date: 
Oct 1 2019 - 7:00pm

The Brunswick Civil War Round Table continues its monthly meetings on Tuesday, October 1st when guest speaker Lawrence Hewitt, Ph.D., takes center stage with an engaging presentation about one of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s favorite and least known generals, Richard H. Anderson entitled, “Fighting Dick Anderson: Lee’s Most Maligned General.” The featured speaker will be preceded by entertainment by the popular singing group, the Coastal Harmonizers, an eclectic group of 22 members who sing acapella/barbershop style. Registration, refreshments, and singing will begin early at 6:00PM at Hatch Auditorium on Caswell Beach. The main presentation begins at 7:00PM.

As background for the presentation, it was on a bleak hillside overlooking the battleground of Sailor’s Creek where Gen. Robert E. Lee watched as hundreds of his men fled through fields and wooded valleys below. “Men without guns, many without hats,” one witness recalled, “all mingled with teamsters riding their mules.” A relentless barrage of Union attacks on the afternoon of April 6, 1865, had sent the remnants of the once-proud Army of Northern Virginia scrambling wildly toward safety. “My God!”  Lee wondered aloud. “Has the army dissolved?”

Most of this gray-clad mob belonged to Lt. Gen. Richard Heron Anderson’s Corps. After Ulysses S. Grant’s Federal army shattered the Confederate defenses around besieged Richmond and Petersburg, Va., four days earlier, Anderson’s soldiers had joined Lee as he retreated west along the Appomattox River. When Anderson rode up to Lee in the aftermath of the Sailor’s Creek battle, the distraught army commander merely moved his head toward his defeated subordinate without looking directly at him. With a wave of his arm Lee ordered his general to “take the stragglers to the rear…I wish to fight here.” As Lee turned toward his troops, Anderson turned his horse and joined his ruined corps in its retreat. Lee later joined what was left of Anderson’s Corps with the Fourth Corps, leaving Anderson without a command. He was then allowed to return home the day before the surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865.

This was the same Gen. Anderson that was praised for his aggressive leadership at the Battle of Seven Pines during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign when Anderson earned his nickname, “Fighting Dick.” Highly respected, a “steady and reliable fighter” and “as pleasant a commander to serve under as could be wished.” In fact, in May, 1863, Lee recommended to President Jefferson Davis that Anderson would make a “good corps commander,” and subsequently served under Lee in every one of his major battles, including Antietam, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor.

The period after the war was particularly unkind to “Fighting Dick.” He died in virtual poverty on June 26, 1879 in Beaufort, S.C.  Nearly ten years would elapse before his grave was marked with a simple monument.

Speaker Larry Hewitt has been Historic Site Manager of the Port Hudson (the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River) and the Camp Moore State Commemorative Areas; a member of the faculty of Southeastern Louisiana University; and, served as Managing Editor and Book Review Editor for North & South Magazine. In addition he is the author of several Civil War books, including his most recent, “America’s Foremost Hispanic: David Glasgow Farragut,” and “The 14th Louisiana Infantry: The Fightingest Regiment in the Civil War.”

"Tenth Civil War Ladies Forum, " Rhonda Florian, Marion Martin, Charen Fink

Date: 
Oct 29 2019 - 6:00pm

The tenth Civil War Ladies’ Forum for WOMEN ONLY is returning with three different programs on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

Returning is Rhonda Florian, of Leland, NC, presenting “From Natchez to New York: The Former Confederate First Lady in the World of Journalism.” Who was Varina Davis? Why, the wife of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, of course.

But Varina was far more than that. The death of Jefferson Davis was the opening of Varina’s Act II.

Follow the Confederate First Lady into the exciting world of journalism.  Join her in breaking the glass ceiling. Salute her as she applies a healing balm to the wounds of a torn nation…all while making a life for herself and her daughter.

Take an unforgettable journey with the Confederate First Lady…to New York City!                                              *****

Marion Martin, a resident of Southport, NC for 45 plus years, was born and grew up in Ellerbee, N.C. She has worked in and managed several local restaurants, is a professional seamstress and is known for her crafts and homemade jams, jellies and preserves. She has had a lifelong interest in the Civil War and widely read on the subject. Her great-great grandfather served with a N.C. regiment and states that at times she feels so connected that she may have lived during that period in our history.

Marion will present a program on the making of Civil War era quilts using period patterns and reproduction fabric. She will display lap quilts, some of which will be available for sale, and full-size quilts. The art of making these quilts will be discussed in detail.

Marion Martin, a resident of Southport, NC for 45 plus years, was born and grew up in Ellerbee, N.C. She has worked in and managed several local restaurants, is a professional seamstress and is known for her crafts and homemade jams, jellies and preserves. She has had a lifelong interest in the Civil War and widely read on the subject. Her great-great grandfather served with a N.C. regiment and states that at times she feels so connected that she may have lived during that period in our history.

Marion will present a program on the making of Civil War era quilts using period patterns and reproduction fabric. She will display lap quilts, some of which will be available for sale, and full-size quilts. The art of making these quilts will be discussed in detail.

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Completing the program will be chairperson for the Forum and one of the two Vice Presidents of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table, Charen Fink. Charen, also a resident of Southport, will be presenting on the topic of Mary Lincoln. 

There are so many misconceptions and myths surrounding the life of the wife of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. While many slanderous statements will be dispelled, but the numerous acts of kindness will also be brought out.

Books and articles claim Mary was vengeful, moody and unkind to her husband. In addition, there is the long-held belief that Lincoln pined for the love of another. woman, an unrequited love for her above Mary. Another false statement, who was responsible for all the negative and hate for the First Lady and Lincoln himself?

Finally, there is the question of Mary’s sanity, was she really mentally ill? We will explore that as well. Part of the presentation will be in first person.

The Forum will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church’s Murrow Hall on Nash St. in Southport, NC.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and the program begins promptly at 6 pm ending at 8 pm.

 

Round Table members are free while the guest fee is $5.00. In addition to the featured speakers there will be period-made refreshments and door prizes.

For reservations please call Charen Fink at 330-507-2773 or email at dcftandm@hotmail.com  This ensures we have plenty of food.

 

"Carolyn Evans Presents Harriet Tubman," Carolyn Evans

Date: 
Nov 5 2019 - 7:00pm

New York actress Carolyn Evans will perform what is considered a "histo-drama," a one-woman show portraying Harriet Tubman, an American abolitionist, political activist, and one of the most heroic women in America.  Tubman was known most notably for her involvement in the Underground Railroad, rescuing slaves via a network of antislavery activists and safe houses.  

"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.