~~~~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.

Next Meeting: February 27, 2018

Baltimore Civil War Roundtable Meetings and Events Calendar


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 Maria Lewis.

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 Columbia, MD.

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 13th VA 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.

Directions >> http://columbusgardens.com/id82.html

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 13-15, 1863. Parkville Senior Center. 7:30 p.m.

Meeting June 26:  History 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.






Anita Henderson

Anita Henderson

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.  >> Banquet Flyer

Directions >> http://columbusgardens.com/id82.html

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and mail to: Ray Atkins, 1204 Fordham Ct., Belair, MD 21014 410-879-8828

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