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


"Reflections on the Civil War," Ed Bearss

Jan 3 2018 - 7:00pm

For an unprecedented eighth time, the incomparable military historian Ed Bearss, now 94 years young, and often referred to as a “living national treasure” by his peers, will return as guest speaker at the Brunswick Civil War Round Table’s special meeting to be held on Wednesday, January 3rd. This year his presentation is entitled, “Reflections on the Civil War.” Everyone is invited to attend what promises to be one of his most noteworthy and thought-provoking meetings since his first Round Table visit back in January, 2011. This special Wednesday meeting will take place at Hatch Auditorium on Caswell Beach. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:15PM. The visitor fee is $10, and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues.

Few historians can capture the drama, the intensity, and the tragedy of the American Civil War quite like Ed Bearss. With his encyclopedic knowledge, commanding narratives, and unique presentation style, he captivates his audiences with facts, dates and events, in minute detail without the benefit of a single note or script. As he speaks, he is known to pace back and forth across the stage, often with eyes closed, with an uncanny ability to remember every detail of every event. This year his presentation will be rather “free-flowing”. This will give Ed the opportunity to reflect on what specific events and milestones he feels he would like to convey knowing his vast knowledge, regardless of the issue or the incident, is bound to mesmerize his audience as he has been doing for decades. Also, his presentation will complement Will Greene’s topic at the November 7th Round Table meeting when he discussed whether the Civil War was even necessary.

As background, Ed’s career with the National Park Service began in 1954. He has been recognized as being more knowledgeable about battlefields than virtually any other historian. After his retirement in 1995, he received the title Chief Historian Emeritus. Around that time, a Congresswoman during a Congressional Committee meeting asked Ed if his extensive knowledge of military history could be confirmed at the National Archives, to which Ed replied, “Madam, I am the National Archives!” As Chief Historian Emeritus, the Smithsonian recognized him in 2005 as one of 35 people, who along with Bill Gates, Stephen Spielberg and Wynton Marsalis, have immeasurably enriched lives in the past 25 years.

Ed is the recipient of numerous other awards and honors in history and preservation, including the ‘Harry S. Truman Award” for Meritorious Service in the field of Civil War History; “Man of the Year” at Vicksburg in 1963; a commendation from the Secretary of the Army in 1985; the Civil War Preservation Trust created the “Ed Bearss Award” for achievements in historic preservation, and made him the first recipient in 2001; and, a portrait bust of Ed was revealed near the USS Cairo at the Vicksburg National Military Park on October 3, 2009. Raising the USS Cairo was the topic of his last visit with the Round Table on January 4th of last year. Ed discovered the hulk resting at the bottom of the Yazoo River, north of Vicksburg, and became a defining moment in his illustrious career. 

Ed is a prolific writer, editor and author of countless history and Civil War-related books and articles. He has provided television commentary for the “Civil War Journal” on the A&E Network, “Civil War Combat” on the History Channel, “Smithsonian’s Great Battles of the Civil War” on the TLC Channel, and the Ken Burns PBS Series on “The Civil War.”  In addition, as Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, he continues to lecture and guide five or six days a week, including multi-day tours with two tour companies, the Blue and Gray Education Society and Smithsonian Associates. 


"Unlucky in War: Confederate General Braxton Bragg," Chris Fonvielle

Feb 6 2018 - 7:00pm

Chris Fonvielle, Jr., Ph.D., well-respected local historian, author and dynamic speaker, is returning for the third time. With his vast knowledge of the Civil War in Southeastern North Carolina and the Lower Cape Fear region, Fonvielle will discuss "Unlucky in War: Confederate General Braxton Bragg."

"Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg," Noah Trudeau

Mar 6 2018 - 7:00pm

Noah Andre Trudeau, author of military history articles and eight Civil War history books including the Revolutionary War, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish Civil War, and World War I and II. The title of his presentation is "Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg."

"Thucydidies and the Coming of the Civil War," Dick Sommers

Apr 3 2018 - 7:00pm

Dr. Richard J. (Dick) Sommers, award-winning historian and author of over 100 books, articles, chapters, entries, and reviews of the Civil War.  His topic will be "Thucydidies and the Coming of the Civil War" which compares the Peloponnes War, a civil war between the Greeks which took place between 431-404, with the American Civil War. 

"The Atlanta Campaign and Confederate General John Bell Hood," Steve Davis

May 1 2018 - 7:00pm

Steve Davis is a renowned Civil War historian, author, Book Review Editor for Blue & Gray magazine, speaker and consultant for TV documentaries, who speakes at numerous Civil War Round Tables and historical societies.  His topic will be "The Atlanta Campaign and Confederate General John Bell Hood." 

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

May 29 2018 - 7:00pm

Susannah Ural, Ph.D., 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, will return to discuss "Letters of Hood's Texas Brigade." 

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