Baltimore Civil War Roundtable Meetings and
Meeting February 27:
It is estimated that more than 400 women
disguised themselves as men in order to serve
both sides of the military during the American
Civil War. One of the more unique was Maria
Lewis who double disguised herself while serving
as a trooper in the 8th New
York Calvary Regiment (Rochester Regiment).
While seeing plenty of action, including
fighting in the 2nd Battle
of Winchester, Maria Lewis was an
African-American woman who masqueraded as a
white male in order to serve with the 8th.
Dr. Anita L. Henderson will
bring Maria Lewis to life during her BCWRT
presentation. Dr. Henderson has been working on
a 20+ yearlong research project on Maria Lewis,
which has been presented at the Society of Women
in the Civil War in 2005 and 2015, a Company of
Military Historians meeting and other local
groups. She is currently in the process of
preparing her talk for publication in the
Company of Military Historians journal and
another Civil War magazine. Her future plans
include a young people’s historical novel on
Anita L. Henderson is
a native of Chicago, IL, who attended Wellesley
College and Howard University College of
Medicine. She currently is a dermatologist
practicing with Anne Arundel Dermatology in
Her earliest passions have been horses and
history, learning how to ride at the age of 7,
riding English and Western, participating in
Western and English horseshows, jumping, trail
riding all over the US, herding cows out west,
foxhunting, carriage driving, cowboy mounted
shooting and mounted Civil War cavalry. She has
ridden in Ireland, Portugal and all over the US.
Her passion for history was stoked by both
parents, her mother a teacher and her father a
former WWII veteran who had been a drill
instructor and quartermaster battalion clerk.
She grew up listening to her parents and other
family members’ stories and started to read and
study history voraciously.
Twenty years ago, the two passions merged when
she became interested in Civil War living
history and was lucky enough to meet authentic
living historians who wanted to interpret the
war and its participants accurately with regard
to knowledge, uniform and clothing and
interpretation. She currently interprets both a
military and civilian impression. She is a
mounted cavalry bugler currently riding with the
Cavalry, Co. H., Light Sussex Dragoons and does
an enslaved/free black woman who is a cook and
does open fire and hearth cooking using period
recipes and implements. She also does an
enslaved housekeeper interpretation as well.
She is a long time member of the Atlantic Guard
Soldiers’ Aid Society one of the most authentic
civilian living history groups in the country
She recently became a member of the Sons and
Daughters of Ham who are an authentic, black
civilian group. She is also a member of the
Company of Military Historians. She has also
done background artist work in a variety of
historical documentary, independent and
Hollywood films including; Wicked Spring, No
Retreat From Destiny, The Unmasking of Sarah
Edmonds, Racing the Times, A History of Horse
Racing in Maryland-PBS, Civilians Desolate,
Civilians Free, Fredericksburg NBP film and
Gods and Generals.
Meeting March 27:
Author, historian Bob O’Connor will have a
‘first person” presentation on Ward Hill Lamon,
Lincoln’s friend and self-appointed bodyguard.
Parkville Senior Center. 7:30 p.m
Annual Banquet April 24:
National Park Service Historian Emeritus, Ed
Bearss, will continue his presentation on
Reconstruction begun at our last banquet.
4301 Klosterman Ave., Baltimore, MD.
Meeting 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
Parkville Senior Center. 7:30 p.m.
Meeting June 26:
Interpreter Darlene Colon will appear as the
important, but, not well known Civil War figure
Lydia Hamilton Smith.
Parkville Senior Center. 7:30 p.m.