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


"Grant's Last Battle," Chris Mackowski

Oct 2 2018 - 7:00pm

Chris Mackowski, Ph.d., returns by popular demand to present "Grant's Last Battle." The senior editor of the award-winning "Emerging Civil War Series," and professor at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York, will talk about Grant's dying race to finish his memoirs before succumbing to cancer.

"Battle of Stones River," Bob Mullauer

Nov 6 2018 - 7:00pm

The speaker this month will be Bob Mullauer, high school teacher, college professor, and battlefied guide for the Civl War in the Western Theater, World War II in the Pacific, and the Napoleonic Wars.  His topic is "The Battle of Stones River."  Stones River had the highest percentage of casualites on both sides and eventually caused Confederate General Braxton Bragg to lose confidence in the Army of Tennessee. 

"I Am Almost Sick All the Time and Half Crazy: The Fate of a CSA Deserter," Peter Carmichael

Dec 4 2018 - 7:00pm

Peter. S. Carmichael, Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, will present "I Am Almost Sick All the Time and Half Crazy." Carmichael who was appointed as a 2017-2018 Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, will delve into the fate of a CSA (Confederacy) deserter. 

"Reflections on the Civil War," Ed Bearss

Jan 9 2019 - 7:00pm

Prolific author, battlefield guide and television commentator Ed Bearrs returns for the eight consecutive time.  His topic will be "Reflections on the Civil War," recounting highlights of his vast knowledge of Civil War events.  Bearrs captivates his audiences with his unique presentation style and incredible memory of facts, dates and events - without the benefit of a single note or script. 

NOTE:  the date for Ed Bearrs presentation has been changed from the 1st Tuesday of January to the 2nd Wednesday due to Mr. Bearrs schedule and New Years Day. 

"A Post War Confederate Sailor: Finding H.S. Lebby, Blockade Runner and Privateer," Lori Sanderlin

Feb 5 2019 - 7:00pm

Speaker Lori Sanderlin, mangaer of the NC Maritime Museum at Southport, will present "Finding Post-War Confederate Sailor H.S. Lebby, Blockade Runner and Privateer."  Sanderlin has lectured at the Conference for American Maritime Museums, The North American Society of Oceanic History and the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies.  Research from admission logs from a retired sailor's home reveals Lebby was not the merchant marine he claimed to be, so who is the "real" Captain Lebby?

"The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson's Civil War Odyssey," David Dixon

Mar 5 2019 - 7:00pm

David Dixon, author and publisher of numerous articles in scholarly journals and magazines primarily focusing on black history and Union sympathizers in the Civil War South, will discuss "The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson's Civil War Odyssey." The back sotry is the sage of Anderson himself, a slaveholder who sacrificed nearly everything to help Lincoln save the Union. 

"Banners in the Breeze," Greg Biggs

Apr 2 2019 - 7:00pm

Greg Biggs, military history student for over 45 years and award-winning historian, will present "Banners in the Breeze." Biggs, a former Associate Editor of Blue & Gray Magazine, is primarily focused on Civil War flags and has written essays and articles, as well as served as a flag research consultant to Civil War authors and museums. 

"Fake News - Civil War Style: Lincoln, Davis and the Press," Harold Holzer

May 7 2019 - 7:00pm

Speaker Harold Holzer, winner of The 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln prize, will focus on "Fake News- Civil War Style: Lincoln, Davis and the Press." Holzer is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, a prolific writer and lecturer, and a frequent guest on television who also received several appointments by Presidents Bush and Clinton. 

To be Announced

Jun 4 2019 - 7:00pm