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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

Meetings

"General Hood's Efforts to Save Atlanta, July 18 - September 2," Steve Davis

Date: 
May 1 2018 - 7:00pm

May, 2010 marked the first monthly meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table when about 50 or so assembled to hear the first guest speaker. Now celebrating its 8th anniversary, this modest non-profit organization has grown to be the most successful Civil War Round Table in the country, boasting over 1,200 members and still growing. To help celebrate, the Tuesday, May 1st meeting will feature the return of Steve Davis, renowned Civil War historian and author noted for his dynamic speaking engagements at countless Civil War round tables, historical societies and organizations.  The title of his presentation is. “General Hood’s Efforts to Save Atlanta, July 18 – September 2.”

As background, Confederate General John B. Hood was appointed by President Jefferson Davis to command the Army of Tennessee in mid-July, 1864, when Sherman’s Union forces were five miles outside of Atlanta. The Confederate government had concluded that Atlanta was virtually lost, but asked Hood to do what he could to save the city. Davis plans to share his assessment and recounting of Hood’s efforts to do so. Hood served with distinction at Sharpsburg and at Fredericksburg, and was a significant player at the Battle of Gettysburg where he was severely wounded. He eventually recovered and led major offensives in an attempt to break Sherman’s siege of Atlanta. However, all of his reckless offensives were abysmal failures personally and militarily, suffering staggering casualties. Finally, on September 2, 1864, Hood evacuated Atlanta, allowing Sherman to execute the famous March to the Sea and the capture of Savannah, Georgia. He finally resigned in disgrace in early January, 1865.

Steve Davis is the world’s foremost authority on the Atlanta campaign. He is a longtime Georgia native and a Civil War enthusiast since the fourth grade. He served as Book Review Editor for Blue & Gray magazine for more than twenty years, and author of more than a hundred articles and books on the Civil War. Now retired, Steve serves as Book Review Editor for Civil War News, and is a regular contributor to the “Critic’s Corner” column.

"Letters of Hood's Texas Brigade," Susannah Ural

Date: 
May 29 2018 - 7:00pm

The perils of war, and its impact on every soldier’s psyche, can be revealed by understanding the trials and tribulations of Confederate General John B. Hood’s Texas Brigade. This unit was considered one of the bravest and most successful combat units in the Civil War. Returning for the fourth time, popular guest speaker Susannah Ural, Ph.D., will share these revelations first hand through emotional letters of Hood’s troops which create a portrait of these soldiers and their families. The title of her presentation is, “Letters of Hood’s Texas Brigade. This will be the last meeting before the summer break. Meetings will resume on Tuesday, September 4th.

As background, Confederates celebrated Hood’s Texans because they represented what southerners loved and loathed about themselves. In the Texas Brigade, white southerners saw bold, brave, self-sacrificing, self-made, independent, and successful men. In that regard, Ural’s extensive research tracks the unit’s progression using examples from the soldiers’ own words to convey their thoughts around the mid-point of the war. Today our knowledge of Civil War veterans is heavily based upon the men who left behind written accounts of their experiences. Most writings by Civil War soldiers have been lost or destroyed, and many soldiers were illiterate, semi-literate, or wrote nothing at all. Ural has focused on this dilemma, and addressed head on what few other Civil War historians have, which makes her presentation so noteworthy.

A war and society scholar by training, Ural is the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities and co-director of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society in the history department at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is the author of several books and articles, including, The Harp and the Eagle: Irish Catholic Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861 – 1865,” and Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades: Soldiers and Families in the America’s Civil War. In addition, she has a regular column titled “Ural on URLs” that reviews Civil War digital projects for the magazine America’s Civil War, and regularly contributes to the column “The War in Words” for Civil War Times Illustrated. She also is chair of the editorial board of “The Journal of Military History,” and serves on the board for the journal, “War & Society.” 

Please note that the date of the June meeting has been changed to May 29th due to availability of Hatch Auditorium.