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
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.
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
The topic of Dennis’ talk will be Opportunity Lost: Gettysburg
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
“Stuart’s Birthplace, A History of the Laurel Hill Farm” and is
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
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
but not a well known subject.
in relation to war efforts, the
remembered Indian, a member of
Nation, rose to the rank of Brigadier
in the Confederate forces. Stand
what later would be called Guerilla
was quite effective against the
in the Indian Territory (Now
parts of Oklahoma).
On June 23, 1865, more than two
Lee's surrender, Brigadier General
Watie was the last Confederate
surrender his command.
The Indians of the plains, though,
the only ones involved in the
In the East, there were members
of many tribes
in the fighting. Perrin's Brigade
Div., Hill's Corps, Army of Northern
had many members of the Catawba
the Minnesota, Wisconsin and
of the Union Armies, Anishinabe
were often found. Pennsylvania
and New York
regiments often contained members
Iroquois tribe, the best known
Eli Parker, an Iroquois Indian
General Grant's staff at the
time of Lee's
Richard Charles Mitchell of Annapolis,
instructor at AACC and Towson
and a former associate professor
College, served five years as
tribal planner for the prairie
band of the
Potawatomi tribe in Kansas. He
a year as tribal administrator
of the Sac
and Fox tribe of Missouri.
Richard Mitchell is a graduate
College with a bachelor's degree
and earned his Master of Arts
from Wichita State University.
Brigadier General Stand Watie - CSA
Meeting: April 19, 2005
6PM, Parkville Heritage Gardens, Parkville
Shopping Center, Harford Rd. and Taylor
|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
Mississippi. While there, he
leading to the recovery of the
Union gunboat Cairo. He also
forgotten forts at Grand Gulf,
and was instrumental in having
named a State Military monument.|
In 1966, he transferred to Washington,
and in 1981 he became the National
chief historian for military
sites. Mr. Bearss,
winner of the Harry S. Truman
Award and the
Nevins Freeman Award for Civil
continues to serve as a Civil
and conducts detailed battlefield
and seminars for the Smithsonian
In 1990, he was a featured commentator
Ken Burns' PBS series, The Civil
most popular program broadcast
by that network
to date. Recently, he has appeared
Arts and Entertainment Channel's
Journal. Mr. Bearss is a combat
the Pacific Theater during the
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.
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
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
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,
Bottom: Hiram Granbury, John C. Carter, Patrick
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",
of the Third Arkansas Infantry
in the Army of Northern Virginia;
"First In, Last Out",
of the Capitol Guards (First
which served in the Army of Tennessee;
and "The War Child's Children",
a history of the Third Arkansas
which served under Forrest and
Gen. Joe Wheeler
(called the war child because
of his slight
Cal was a member of the Arkansas
Centennial Commission in the
and is a Founding Member of the
Civil War Round Table.
Cal's discussion is entitled
People, Statistics and Events
of the Civil
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