~~~~The Old Liner~~~~
- Online edition of newsletter -

Ray Atkins, Interim Editor


Future Meetings: 4th Tuesday of each month -
Mark your calendar for 2018 Dates: January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, October 23, November 27, December 11
Time: Doors open at 7:00, Business meeting and Speaker: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Rd, Parkville, MD 21234.
There is a $5.00 charge for non-members to attend the meeting.  There is NO SMOKING allowed in the Senior Center.  
Views expressed in this Newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of members as a whole,
nor do they represent a position taken by the Baltimore Civil War Roundtable.

11/12/2017 We note with sadness the passing of our long time newsletter editor and past president Earle Hollenbaugh.  Arrangements are still pending at this time.  See also https://www.candlelightfuneralhome.com/notices/Earle-HollenbaughJr

Next Meeting: January 23, 2018

Our speaker will be Dr. Lester Brooks. He will speak on the November 1864 Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Brooks earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, a master's degree from Howard University, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan.

In 1982 he began teaching U.S. History, Civil War Era, and African American History at Anne Arundel Community College. Dr. Brooks is Program Coordinator of the Chesapeake Civil War Roundtable and also teaches continuing education classes on the Civil War that combine lectures with battlefield visits.

Dr. Brooks is the author of several brief articles and a past recipient of the AACC Student Association Teacher of the Year award.


Notes from the President 1/2018


BCWRT Community:    


Happy New Year! I hope and trust that entered 2018 in good health and in fine spirits. We will embark on our 2018 journey on January 23 when Chesapeake Civil War Roundtable Program Coordinator and Anne Arundel Community College Professor Dr. Lester Brooks presents a program on the Battle of Franklin. This November 1864 clash was one of the most significant actions during the later phase of the Civil War. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.


Usually disguised as males, many women, on both sides, took up arms during the war. On February 27 historian and reenactor Anita Henderson will introduce you to one special female horse soldier. Author, historian Bob O’Connor will have a ‘first person” presentation on Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln’s friend and self-appointed bodyguard, on March 27.  


Last September, we thought our April 24 Annual Banquet was basically arranged. Since then, the event has turned into an adventure. First our location, Parkville Heritage Gardens ceased operation (we will announce a new location in the near future). Then, to make matters worse, our scheduled speaker, noted author and historian Edward Bonekemper , died last month (Requiescat in pace). Fortunately, we have been able to schedule National Park Service Historian Emeritus, Ed Bearss, to be our speaker.


On May 22, author Scott L. Mingus Sr. will speak on his book, The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory That Opened the Door to Gettysburg June 13-15, 1863.


IMPORTANT REMINDER: Remember, it’s time to renew your membership for 2018. Yearly dues are $25.00 for an individual membership, $35.00 for a family membership. If you have already paid, Ray Atkins will have your membership card at out next meeting. We are always looking for new members. Invite a friend to our meetings. The BCWRT has many good things happening. Please spread the word.


Robert L. Ford,



See new link in Gallery - Intelligence in the Civil War



Archaeology Lecture/Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1 PM.

Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, Historian Dave Taylor will be addressing the Archeological Society of Maryland, Central Chapter group with some of the lesser known stories of the Lincoln assassination saga that follow an archaeological theme (i.e. stories that involve digging and discovery) in his talk entitled "Unearthed Stories of the Lincoln Assassination".  The talk will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Natural History Society of Maryland located at 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD  21206.  The public is welcome.   The event is free.    The Natural History Society of Maryland at 6908 Belair Road, lecture room has a capacity of 175 persons.  For additional information; contact Stephen Israel at



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