Meeting: December 14, 2004
|Our speaker will be Will Priest. Military and maritime historian Will Priest
has been part of the USS Constellation’s
Living History Program since 1982. From 1989 to 1991, he was the Education Coordinator
aboard the Constellation. During this time, he developed a living history
program that he took into the school system
of Maryland. Since 1989, he has regularly participated
in living history programs for Defenders’
Day and the Maryland Historical Society. At this time, he has implemented over 20
living history programs covering the daily
lives of soldiers, sailors and marines from
the 1750’s through the Korean War. Will has been a teacher for ten years and
is presently a special education teacher
for Care Resources. Will is a currently serving
on the BCWRT Board of Directors. He and his
wife have been long-time members and currently
provide refreshments at the monthly meetings.
Will Priest will discuss the recreational
aspects of a Civil War Sailor’s life. The
title of his talk is “Blue Jackets of 1861:
USS Constellation, Baltimore, MD
Meeting: November 9, 2004
|Our speaker will be Mark Nesbit. Mark Nesbitt was born in 1949 in Lorain,
Ohio. He graduated from Lorain High School
in 1967 and from Baldwin College in 1971
with a BA in English Literature. He moved
to Gettysburg, PA, to work for the U.S. Park
Service in 1972. Mark began a series of booklets
based on stories from locals and visitors
detailing the many strange sightings that
have emerged from the quaint houses and gentle
fields in and around the battlefield. The
"Ghosts of Gettysburg" led to the
Candlelight walking tours which offer night
time guided tours of the sites of many unexplained
happenings documented in the 5 booklets.
Many of his stories have been seen, and/or
heard, on The History Channel, A&E, The
Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, Coast
to Coast AM, and numerous other local television
programs and specials. In July of 2004, his
Ghosts of Gettysburg Series received the
National Paranormal Award for "Best
True Hauntings Collection" and "Best
'Local Haunt' Guidebook".
To date, Mark has written 12
books and produced
2 feature-length videos and an
tour of the battlefield.
Meeting: October 12, 2004
This month is the 22nd anniversary of the Baltimore Civil War Roundtable.
Our speaker will be Dennis Frye. Dennis is the former Chief Historian of the
Harpers Ferry Historical Park and is a founder
and past president of the Association for
the Preservation of Civil War Sites. He is
also a founder and first president of the
Save Historical Antietam Foundation. He has
written and lectured extensively on The Maryland
Campaign for the past two decades, served as associate producer of the movie
"Gods and Generals," coordinated
the 1997 and 2002 Antietam reenactments,
wrote a general management plan for the Stonewall
Jackson Headquarters house in Winchester,
Va., and served as consulting historian for
the Maryland Civil War Trails project on
the Antietam and Gettysburg campaigns. The topic of Dennis’ talk will be Opportunity Lost: Gettysburg Alternative.
Dennis will also have copies of his latest
book Antietam Revealed: The Battle of Antietam
and the Maryland Campaign As You Have Never
Seen It Before for sale and signing.
Meeting: September 14, 2004
This month the Baltimore Civil War Roundtable
will be trying something new. This month
is sort of a “Show and Tell” for our members and friends. We have arranged to have a number
of tables available for the purpose of displaying
the various interests, collections, artifacts
and creations of our membership.
The idea for this type of a meeting came
from the survey of the membership that we
took some months ago as well as the knowledge
that other Roundtables have done this sort
of thing with success.
So, Members, Friends; this is your meeting.
There are still a number of tables available
for you to show what you find to be so fascinating
about this period in our history. Please
give me a call at (410) 788-3525 if you would
like to demonstrate or exhibit pretty much
anything at all.
If this works out we will try to make it
an annual event, but it’s up to you.
|Meeting: August 10, 2004
Our speaker will be Edward Bonekemper.
Mr. Bonekemper is currently a
in American Military History
College, Allentown, PA. and Adjunct
of Constitutional History at
American Military University.
his BA cum laude in American
History at Muhlenburg
College and his MA in History
at Old Dominion
University in Norfolk, VA. He
is a retired
Coast Guard Reserve Commander.
include the Distinguished Career
Award, The Secretary of Transportation's
Silver Medal and Coast Guard
and Achievement medals. His first
nominated for Virginia Book of
Ed will discuss his latest book, A Victor,
Not a Butcher: Ulysses S. Grant's Overlooked
Military Genius. He will present a fresh
analysis of the military career of Grant,
concluding that Grant's generally low-casualty
western successes compelled Lincoln to bring
him east. Ed reveals that Grant's casualty
rate was actually lower than that of Lee,
Bragg, Hood and most generals of the war.
Meeting: July 13, 2004
Our speaker will be Courtney
Wilson. Courtney is a long time member of the BCWRT.
Long known as a historian and appraiser,
he was instrumental in the design of the
exhibits for the Baltimore Civil War Museum
in the President Street Station. Currently
he is the Executive Director of the B&O
Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD. Many members
will remember his eagerly anticipated discussions
on the subject of collecting Civil War artifacts
and memorabilia. These popular discussions
were accompanied by an examination and appraisal
of items brought in by the members.
Courtney will speak on the Baltimore and
Ohio Railroad during the Civil War. Additionally,
he will discuss "The B&O Railroad
Museum; Past, Present and Future."
Meeting: June 8, 2004
Our speakers will be Gail Stephens & Gloria Swift. The topic of their presentation is "Lee's
Third Invasion of the North; The Battle of
Monocacy. During Jubal Early's June 1864
invasion of the north, Lew Wallace's outnumbered
forces held up the Confederate advance for
one crucial day at Monocacy. Though defeated,
Wallace gained enough time to allow Grant
to rush reinforcements to Washington, thus
saving the city and restoring Wallace's reputation.
Gail Stephens was born in Wyoming and attended Colorado
College and GW Univ. in Wash. DC graduating
with a Batchelor's degree in international
politics. Upon retirement from the National
Security Agency, she began pursuing her interest
in the Civil War, as a volunteer at Monocacy
National Battlefield and working on a research
project with Gloria Swift. Gail and her husband,
Michael, live in Severna Park.
Gloria Swift was born in Wash. DC and graduated from
Northern Arizona University with a
in American History. Specializing in
history, she has worked as an NPS ranger
at such sites as Gettysburg Nat. Military
Park and Harper's Ferry NHP. Currently
is assigned to the Monocacy Nat. Battlefield.
She lives in Frederick, MD., with husband
Meeting: May 11, 2004
Our speaker will be Bryan Steele Wills.
Brian Steel Wills is Professor and
Asbury Chair of History in the Department
of History and Philosophy at the University
of Virginia's College at Wise. He is
author of numerous works relating to
American Civil War, including a biography
of Confederate General Nathan Bedford
currently in reprint.
A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan
Reprinted: The Confederacy's Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan
This work was chosen as both a History
Club selection and a Book of the Month
selection. He recently authored, The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern
Virginia, released in October, 2001 by the University
Press of Virginia.
In 2000, Dr. Wills received the Outstanding
Faculty Award from the state of Virginia,
one of eleven recipients from all faculty
members at public and private institutions
across the state. He has won both the
award and the Research and Publication
Dr. Wills currently resides in Wise,
with his wife and one of four children.
Meeting: April 13, 2004
Daniel Carroll Toomey is a native Marylander whose family ties
go back to the late 1700s when Daniel
Toomey left Ireland and came to this
to teach school on the estate of Charles
Carroll of Carollton in Howard County.
the earliest days of his childhood,
been interested in history in general
the Civil War in particular.
Mr. Toomey is a graduate of the University
of Maryland, School of Business. He
an I.C.C. Practitioner's license and
past-president of Delta Nu Alpha Transportation
Fraternity in Baltimore. His expertise
in the field of international logistics.
Among his published books are The Civil War in Maryland and Marylanders at Gettysburg.
Mr. Toomey's talk will be on the subject
of his latest book Union Civil War Veteran's Organizations in
Maryland. The discussion will center on the returning
Union Veterans and how and why the
groups were formed. He will also provide
information about the various reunions
in Maryland for the Veterans.
>> Annual Banquet 3/16/2004 << >>Map<<
Our March meeting is our Annual Banquet.
Guest speaker is Ed Bearss. Mr. Bearss is
an independent scholar and historian whose
public career began at the National Park
Service in 1955 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
While there, he conducted research leading
to the recovery of the long-lost Union gunboat
Cairo. He also located two forgotten forts
at Grand Gulf, Mississippi, and was instrumental
in having Grand Gulf named a State Military
In 1966, he transferred to Washington, D.C.,
and in 1981 he became the National Park Service
chief historian for military sites. Mr. Bearss,
winner of the Harry S. Truman Award and the
Nevins Freeman Award for Civil War scholarship,
continues to serve as a Civil War consultant
and conducts detailed battlefield site tours
and seminars for the Smithsonian Study Tours
In 1990, he was a featured commentator for
Ken Burns' PBS series, The Civil War, the
most popular program broadcast by that network
to date. Recently, he has appeared on the
Arts and Entertainment Channel's Civil War
Journal. Mr. Bearss is a combat veteran of
the Pacific Theater during the Second World
Ed will talk about the battles for South
Mountain just prior to the Battle of Antietam
in September 1862. His discussion will be
a lead-in for the BCWRT Spring Bus Trip to
South Mountain on April 10. Ed Bearss will
also be the guide for that trip.
>> South Mountain Bus Tour 4/10/2004 <<
Meeting: Tuesday, February 10, 2004
|Our speakers will be Bob Mullauer and Jerry
Bayer. Bob Mullauer was a high school history
teacher for over a decade. He currently teaches
nighttime courses at Anne Arundel Community
College as well as speaking to a variety
of groups on topics such as the American
Civil War in the Western Theater, World War
II in the Pacific, and the Napoleonic Wars.
He has led United States Army officers on
staff rides over the Chickamauga and Chattanooga
battlefields. Besides Civil War battlefields,
his travels include tours of World War II
battlefields in the Pacific as well as Normandy,
the Bulge, Verdun, and various Napoleonic
sites in Europe.
Jerry Bayer is a former Marylander
in retirement with his wife,
Harper's Ferry, VA. He is a member
historical groups, as well as
a Life Member
of both the SCV and SAR. A 1971
of the University of Baltimore,
spent a lifetime studying American
History and World War II. Bith
He and Marianne
are re-enactors and appear in
the movie "Gods
Antietam is the bloodiest day
history. Included among the fallen
and South Mountain were two Corps
two Division commanders and four
Bob and Jerry will discuss the
role of these
Generals, the story of their
deaths and the
consequences of their loss.
Samuel Garland, Jesse Reno, Israel
Joseph Mansfield, George B. Anderson,
O’Brian Branch, William E. Starke,
Meeting: Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Our speaker will be Wayne Schaumberg.
has been giving illustrated lectures
History for over 20 years, covering
of topics from architecture to the
War. For the last eighteen years, he
led tours through Baltimore's landmark
Born and raised in the Waverly section
Baltimore, Wayne Schaumberg graduated
Baltimore City College in 1964. He
Towson University, majoring in both
and geography. Wayne also holds a Masters
Degree in history from Morgan State
and a Masters of Liberal Arts Degree
Johns Hopkins University.
He has taught social studies in the
City School system for 36 years and
assigned to the Upton School (#303).
Wayne teaches part-time for Baltimore
Community Education, Roland Park Country
School, Harford Community College,
Society at Towson University and the
Society at Johns Hopkins University.
Wayne's illustrated lecture is entitled
"A Riot, A Rifle, and a Devastating
Fire". In this talk, we will revisit the Pratt
St. Riot of April 19, 1861. What happened
that day and what is the connection
the Massachusetts 6th Infantry and
Baltimore Fire of 1904? It is a unique
In addition, we will look at the story
Confederate John Mifflin Hood and his
to the events of 1904.
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