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


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

Mar 3 2020 - 7:00pm

If there was ever a time to enjoy a theatrical performance about the Civil War, it will take place on Tuesday, March 3rd when a three-act play, entitled “NOW WE STAND BY EACH OTHER ALWAYS” will be performed at Hatch Auditorium on Caswell Beach at the regular monthly meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:15PM, and the program starts at 7:00PM. Everyone is welcome. The visitor fee is $10, and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues.

The performance will feature associate professors Derek Maxfield and Tracy Ford of Genesee College in Batavia, NY. Maxfield portrays Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Ford will portray the more charismatic Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. According to Ford, “you read about a character in a book and it’s a very two-dimensional thing. Sherman is quite vigorous, chain smoking cigars and pounding bourbons. It gives you a human face.” On the other hand, Grant is a calm and reserved personality, and Maxfield knows exactly how to respond with his character, Gen. Grant. Their performance is captivating, at times humorous, and always entertaining!

To better understand the relationship between these two generals, Gen. Sherman once chided a critic of his friend and superior Gen. Grant by responding that “Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now, Sir, we stand by each other always.”

The program is in three Acts. Act I takes place in Vicksburg, MS, in mid-June, 1863. Union Major General Grant with his Army of the Tennessee is laying siege to the city. When the two generals meet, Vicksburg was a strategic Confederate location as it controlled the Mississippi River shutting down Union commerce on the river. President Lincoln considered the capture of the “Gibraltar” of the West the most important military goal of 1863. Grant and Sherman meet to consider next steps in the grand chess match of war.

Act II takes place in Cincinnati, OH in March, 1864. Grant has been promoted to Lieutenant General and is in command of all Union armies. He is only the third man in American history to hold that rank. To formulate a plan to dispatch the Confederate armies, he travels with Major General Sherman to Cincinnati where in a hotel room they design a plan to end the war.

Act III takes place in City Point, VA in March, 1865. Sherman ends up in Goldsboro, NC after a long campaign through the Carolinas, which was hard on the heels of his march to the sea through Georgia. Grant is with the Army of the Potomac which is besieging Petersburg, VA, making his headquarters at City Point. Sherman comes up from North Carolina to confer with Grant about how they could close out the war.

Derek Maxfield is an associate professor of history at Genesee College, and coordinator of the college’s Historical Horizons Lecture Series. He was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities for his work coordinating the college’s programs related to the Civil War sesquicentennial. He has been history professor for the past ten years, and wrote and directed their entertaining drama. Tracy Ford is in his nineteenth year of teaching English at Genesee. He teamed up with Derek for living history events portraying famous people from the past, including preachers, poets, peasants, pirates, and Elizabethan gentlemen. He has also been known to burst out in song when immersed in a role – unless expressly forbidden by his students and colleagues. One biographer has compared his portrayal of Sherman to Daffy Duck!

"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.