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


"The Last Battleground: Understanding the Civil War through the experience of North Carolina," Philip Gerard

Jan 8 2020 - 7:00pm
Philip Gerard will discuss how he came to research and write the series of narrative magazine pieces that formed the basis for his book The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina. The state was both home front and battleground, a place of divided loyalties, and played a crucial role in both armies. In the winter and spring of 1865, North Carolina became the stage for the last great act of the war--Sherman's Final March and the Great Surrender at Bennitt Place.


Philip Gerard is the author of 13 books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina. His novel Cape Fear Rising has been reissued in a special 25th anniversary edition with a foreword by Randall Kenan and an author's afterword that addresses both the process of writing the novel and the backlash that followed its original publication. He has also written eleven documentary television scripts, numerous radio essays, several magazine series, and an award-winning radio drama. He has appeared on National Public Radio's Weekend edition, CNN,  and C-SPAN, and was a regular commentator on the History Channel. He serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Civil War and Reconstruction History Center and teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.

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

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

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

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

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

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.