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Meeting: December 13, 2005
It was as if some mass psychosis swept the country after Lincoln was shot. From coast to coast, people were shot, stabbed, hanged, arrested, imprisoned -- for voicing gratification that the president was dead. And this was in the North!
Our December speakers, Tom and Deb Goodrich, will give a talk entitled "Hemp and Hell--The aftermath of the Lincoln Assassination". Tom, a native Kansan, and Deb, a native Virginian, were brought together, ironically, by the Civil War. When she was asked to speak at his CWRT, the two realized they should hit the road and take the gospel to the masses. Tom is the author of several books, the latest of which is "The Darkest Dawn: Lincoln, Booth and the Great American Tragedy". He and Deb co-authored "The Day Dixie Died: Southern Occupation, 1865-1866". Currently, they are involved in the making of several documentaries on the Civil War on the Kansas/Missouri border, as well as the aftermath of the war in the South. They live in Topeka where they are working on a new project, a magazine called "Badlands: A journal of Military History".

Meeting: November 8, 2005
Although quietly displayed in a wide variety of public settings, the Confederate Medal of Honor remains one of the rarest and least known decorations for American battlefield valor.
Preserved in county courthouses and historical societies, in libraries, visitor's centers, and antebellum museums, these 43 Confederate Medals of Honor endure as silent witnesses to the extraordinary gallantry of another age.

Our Speaker will be Gregg Clemmer. Gregg Clemmer is a native of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and a graduate of Virginia Tech. A writer and historian of eclectic interests, Clemmer thrives on chronicling obscure, disparate subjects, everything from the manufacturing history of miners' carbide lamps to the evolution of expedition cave camps. Resigning from medical school in his third year, Clemmer went on to pioneer solar electricity, fight urban sprawl, champion American heritage, and search for the world's deepest cave. He is an eloquent speaker and a gifted storyteller and has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, and CBS Radio.

Clemmer is the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles and among his four books is the acclaimed Valor in Gray: The Recipients of the Confederate Medal of Honor. He lives in Maryland with his wife Heidi, daughter Jill, and son Daniel.

Mr. Clemmer will have copies of his books for sale and signing.

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Meeting: October 11, 2005

This month is the 23nd 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.
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Meeting: September 13, 2005

Our September meeting will combine a speaker with our annual “Member’s Show and Tell”. The speaker will be Roundtable member Dan Toomey. Daniel Carroll Toomey is a native Marylander whose family ties go back to the late 1700s when Daniel Henry Toomey left Ireland and came to this country to teach school on the estate of Charles Carroll of Carollton in Howard County. Since the earliest days of his childhood, he has been interested in history in general and the Civil War in particular.

Mr. Toomey is a graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Business. He holds an I.C.C. Practitioner's license and is a past-president of Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity in Baltimore. His expertise is in the field of international logistics.

Among his published books are The Civil War in Maryland and Marylanders at Gettysburg.
Dan will be discussing the topic of his latest book, The Johnson-Gilmore Raid.

In addition to Dan’s talk we will have the roundtable’s annual “Member’s Show and Tell” session. This is an opportunity for our members to bring items to demonstrate their Civil War interests and acquired knowledge. We encourage all of our members to take part. If you are interested in participating, please contact President Don Macreadie at 410-661-4479 to make arrangements.

Meeting: August 9, 2005

Our speaker will be Mary Ann Jung. She will portray Clara Barton, focusing on true stories of the Battle of Antietam.

Mary Ann Jung has deftly combined her degree in British History and acting ability to recreate history's most fascinating women. She has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, CBS’ Good Morning and in newspapers around the world. In 2002 her Clara Barton show won honors as the Top Solo Theatrical Performance in Maryland. Mary Ann researches and writes her own programs and performs in an authentic costume, accent and attitude for her character’s era. Her unique and lively shows have been featured at the National Theater of Washington, Port Discovery Children’s Museum and the National Museum of Medicine.

Since her performances are always faithful to the historical facts, this portrayal of Clara Barton will give us an especially significant perspective on the founder of the American Red Cross. So plan to be with us for this memorable event …. And bring a friend.

Mary Ann Jung as Clara Barton

Meeting: July 12, 2005

Our speaker will be Anne Sarah Rubin. She will speak about the rise of Confederate Nationalism.

Anne Sarah Rubin is Assistant Professor of American History at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She has worked extensively with electronic media and received both the first eLincoln Prize for the best digital project in American Civil War History and The James Harvey Robinson Prize for The Valley of the Shadow: The Eve of War (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2000) which she co-authored with Ed Ayers. Rubin's most recent work is entitled, A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 (Chapel Hill: The University North Carolina Press, 2005).

Ms. Rubin received a Batchelor’s degree in American History from Princeton and an MA and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia. She has been an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County from 2000 to the present.

Meeting: June 14, 2005
Our speaker will be Tom Perry. Tom Perry grew up two miles from J.E.B. Stuart's Birthplace.  He is a 1983 Graduate of Virginia Tech where he studied under noted Civil War Historian Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. In 1990, he founded the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust, Inc., which has preserved 75 acres of the Stuart property including the house site where James Ewell Brown Stuart was born on February 6, 1833.

He is the author of "Ascent to Glory", The Genealogy of J. E. B. Stuart and a
completed manuscript on Patrick County Virginia in the Civil War. He is writing
“Stuart’s Birthplace, A History of the Laurel Hill Farm” and is collecting and
editing Stuart Papers for future publication.

On May 9, 1864, Union General Phillip Sheridan set out with the most powerful cavalry force the Army of the Potomac had ever mounted- more than 10,000 troopers with 32 guns. Their mission was to move behind Lee's army (which was locked in combat with Grant at Spotsylvania Court House), disrupt his supply line, threaten Richmond, and strike Stuart.

This monument marks the spot where Confederate cavalry leader General JEB Stuart was mortally wounded at the battle of Yellow Tavern on the outskirts of Richmond.

Meeting: May 10, 2005

The American Indian was part of the population of the United States during the Civil War but not a well known subject. Largely dismissed in relation to war efforts, the most commonly remembered Indian, a member of the Cherokee Nation, rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the Confederate forces. Stand Watie, using what later would be called Guerilla tactics, was quite effective against the Union forces in the Indian Territory (Now parts of Oklahoma). On June 23, 1865, more than two months after Lee's surrender, Brigadier General Stand Watie was the last Confederate General to surrender his command.
The Indians of the plains, though, were not the only ones involved in the war.

In the East, there were members of many tribes in the fighting. Perrin's Brigade (Pender's Div., Hill's Corps, Army of Northern VA.) had many members of the Catawba Tribe. In the Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan regiments of the Union Armies, Anishinabe tribe members were often found. Pennsylvania and New York regiments often contained members of the Iroquois tribe, the best known being Col. Eli Parker, an Iroquois Indian serving on General Grant's staff at the time of Lee's surrender.

Richard Charles Mitchell of Annapolis, part-time instructor at AACC and Towson University and a former associate professor at Chesapeake College, served five years as a comprehensive tribal planner for the prairie band of the Potawatomi tribe in Kansas. He then served a year as tribal administrator of the Sac and Fox tribe of Missouri.

Richard Mitchell is a graduate of Parsons College with a bachelor's degree in sociology and earned his Master of Arts in anthropology from Wichita State University. 
Brigadier General Stand Watie - CSA
Brigadier General Stand Watie - CSA

Meeting: April 19, 2005

6PM, Parkville Heritage Gardens, Parkville Shopping Center, Harford Rd. and Taylor Avenue

Our April 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 monument.

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 program.

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 War.

Ed will talk about the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas). His discussion will be a lead-in for the BCWRT Spring Bus Trip to Manassas, VA., June 4, 2005. Ed Bearss will also be the guide for that trip.
Ed Bearss
Ed Bearss

Meeting: March 8, 2005

Our speaker will be John Michael Priest. John Michael Priest is a resident of Boonsboro, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate work at Loyola College and post-graduate work at Hood College and Western Maryland College. He is currently teaching social studies at South Hagerstown High School in Washington County, Maryland. John Michael Priest, a veteran teacher in Washington County for over 20 years, has written and/or edited thirteen books and numerous articles all dealing with the American Civil War including: Antietam: The Soldiers' Battle, Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain and Into the Fight: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. The Discovery Channel recently featured a program based in part on the conclusion of Priest's detailed tactical study of Pickett's Charge. Priest broke new ground by asserting that a large portion of the Confederates did not complete the charge because they turned around and walked back to their own lines rather than participate in a charge, which they did not believe would succeed. He is also the brother of BCWRT Board Member Will Priest. The subject of Mr. Priest's talk will be The Second Day at Gettysburg.
Dead Confederate Soldier in Devil's Den
Dead Confederate Soldier in Devil's Den
Alexander Gardner photo

Meeting: February 8, 2005
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 now living in retirement with his wife, Marianne, in Harper's Ferry, VA. He is a member of various historical groups, as well as a Life Member of both the SCV and SAR. A 1971 graduate of the University of Baltimore, Jerry has spent a lifetime studying American Military History and World War II. Both He and Marianne are re-enactors and appear in the movie "Gods and Generals".
Bob and Jerry will discuss the six Confederate Generals killed at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee in November 1864.

Top Row: Otho Strahl, States Rights Gist, John Adams
Bottom: Hiram Granbury, John C. Carter, Patrick Cleburne
Pictures Courtesy: Will Smith

Meeting: January 11, 2005
Our speaker will be long-time BCWRT member Cal Collier. Cal Collier served in the U.S. Air Force. A native of Virginia, he grew up on the Civil War, and, while he was in Arkansas, became interested in the activities of Arkansas' Confederate soldiers. This resulted in his writing of three books:
"They'll Do To Tie To", a history of the Third Arkansas Infantry which served in the Army of Northern Virginia;
"First In, Last Out", a history of the Capitol Guards (First Arkansas Infantry), which served in the Army of Tennessee;
and "The War Child's Children", a history of the Third Arkansas Cavalry, which served under Forrest and Gen. Joe Wheeler (called the war child because of his slight stature).
Cal was a member of the Arkansas Civil War Centennial Commission in the early sixties, and is a Founding Member of the Arkansas Civil War Round Table.
Cal's discussion is entitled "Unusual People, Statistics and Events of the Civil War".
Joe Wheeler - CSA

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