Ancestors play catch up at recent Round Table

The recent meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table seemed to come alive with history, literally, as ancestors of two noted Civil War generals and one naval captain came to hear Bob Mullauer speak on “Hood in Tennessee: The Battle of Franklin.” That battle lasted only five hours, and the result decimated Gen. John Bell Hood’s Confederate Army of Tennessee.

Robert Mafitt is the great grandson of blockade runner Capt. John Newland Mafitt who was in charge of the famous raider ‘CSS Florida,’ which captured about more than 20 ships in less than a year. The captain also charted most all inlets and waterways on the east coast and the Cape Fear River. His grandson is a member of both the Cape Fear and the Brunswick Civil War Round Tables, and is a Wilmington Ambassador.

Sam Hood is president of the John Bell Hood Historical Society in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a distant relative of Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood, who became the brigade commander of the unit that became known as Hood’s Texas Brigade on February 20, 1862. On November 30, 1864, he ordered his Confederate Army of Tennessee to assault the Federal forces at the Carter farm in Franklin despite objections from his battlefield commanders. Sam attended this meeting as a visitor.

Roy Pender is a distant great uncle of Major Gen. William Dorsey Pender who, at age 29, was the youngest and the fastest rising major general in the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg. Along with Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood, Pender was a man for whom Lee and others predicted a great future. Roy is a Brunswick Civil War Round Table member.


The three men got together to talk about Civil War history before and after the presentation. The Brunswick Civil War Round Table meets on the first Tuesday of each month and features guest speakers who speak on a variety of historical subjects. For more information, contact Wally Rueckel at 253-7382, or email at wrueckel@questor.com.


Published in The State Port Pilot, November 16, 2011.