Meeting: December 8, 2009
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
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
Among his published books are
The Civil War in Maryland and Marylanders at Gettysburg.
At the outbreak of the Civil War,
John R. Kenly was commissioned colonel of the First Maryland Infantry
Regiment and assigned to General Bank's army. In May 1862, Kenly and his men
fought Stonewall Jackson's army for almost an entire day before most of the
unit was captured at the battle of Front Royal. Kenly's actions that day won
him promotion to Brigadier General and a vote of thanks from the Maryland
legislature. Author Dan Toomey tells the gallant tale of one of Maryland's
highest ranking but least well-known soldiers.
Meeting: November 10, 2009
Jubal's in the Valley: The Long, Hot Summer of 1864" -- Why was Phil
Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley in the fall of 1864 instead of helping
Grant defeat Lee at Petersburg? Why was Jubal Early and the famed Second
Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia in the Valley? What was Lee's plan
for Early? Did Early accomplish his mission? These questions and many others
associated with the seldom-discussed prelude to Sheridan vs. Early in the
fall of 1864 will be the focus of this talk by Gail
Stephens. We'll see how close Jubal Early came to success and what Grant
was forced to do to suppress his audacious campaign.
Gail Stephens has a Bachelor's
Degree in International Politics from George Washington University in
Washington DC, and has done graduate work at Johns Hopkins and Harvard
Universities. She worked for the Department of Defense for 26 years,
retiring in 1994 as a member of the Department's Senior Executive Service.
Upon retirement, she began to study the American Civil War. She volunteers
at Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick, lectures on the Civil War,
teaches courses at area colleges and gives battlefield tours. In 2002, she
won the National Park Service's E.W. Peterkin award for her contributions to
public understanding of Civil War history. Currently, she is writing a
biography of Major General Lew Wallace's Civil War career, to be published
by the Indiana Historical Society Press.
General Jubal Early – Library of Congress photo
Meeting: October 13, 2009
Our speaker will be Dr. B. Franklin
Cooling. Dr Cooling is a well-known national security historian
who has authored or edited numerous publications in military, naval and air
history. He has worked extensively on aspects of Civil War history.
Among his publications are studies of the Civil War in Tennessee and
Kentucky and defending Washington, the nation’s capital (Symbol, Sword
and Shield; Mr. Lincoln’s Forts – co-authored with Walton Owen;
Jubal Early’s Raid on Washington, 1864; and Monocacy, The Battle
that Saved Washington). He has received various awards from the Sons of
Confederate Veterans, Society for Military History, Friends of Fort Ward and
various round tables for his contributions.
A native of Washington D.C., he holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and
M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He
has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Weidner University, the U.S.
Army War College and George Washington University.
He is a veteran of various government history programs and served as Chair
of the Department of Grand Strategy and Mobilization, and Associate Dean of
Academic Programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces of the
National Defense University before returning to the faculty as Professor of
National Security Studies.
Dr. Cooling will discuss the
fortifications defending Washington, DC during the war.
Officers and men
of Company F, 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery at Fort
Meeting: September 8, 2009
Our speaker will be Wayne E. Motts.
Born and raised in central Ohio, Wayne graduated from The Ohio State
University with a B.A. in history in 1989. Moving to Gettysburg in 1990,
Wayne earned a Masters Degree in American History from the Shippensburg
University of Pennsylvania in 1994. He was one of the youngest persons ever
to complete the licensing process to be a Licensed Battlefield Guide at
Gettysburg National Military Park. He is considered the leading authority in
the nation on Southern General Lewis Addison Armistead of Pickett’s Charge
fame and has published the only biography of the general entitled, Trust
in God and Fear Nothing: Lewis A. Armistead, CSA In 2002, he accepted
the position of curator at the Cumberland County Historical Society where he
managed a collection of 8,000 artifacts. In 2004, he assumed duties as the
collections manager of the Adams County Historical Society in Gettysburg. In
2005, Wayne was named executive director of the Society where he oversees a
staff of five and 60 volunteers.
Wayne’s topic will be:
Gettysburg’s Schmucker Hall in
Peace and War
“Built in 1832, Schmucker Hall on the Lutheran Theological Seminary at
Gettysburg witnessed the terrible fighting right outside its doors on 1 July
1863 between elements of the First Union Army Corps and the Southern Forces
under the command of General A.P. Hill. The structure was used as an
observation post by Union Cavalry General John Buford and later served as
the largest field hospital in Gettysburg. Placed on the national register of
historic places in 1973, Schmucker Hall is today the home of the Adams
County Historical Society
Meeting: August 11, 2009
Our speaker will be Marion V. Armstrong
(Vince). Vince will address the more critical aspects of his book,
Unfurl Those Colors, to include a consider of the generalship of both
McClellan and Sumner at Antietam, Sumner’s decision to commit Sedgwick’s
division to an attack into the West Woods, and why he believes that General
French had positive orders to attack toward the Sunken Road.
Dr. Marion V. Armstrong is a native
of Maryland with a life long interest in military and Civil War history. He
is a 1969 graduate of the University of Scranton, holds masters degrees from
The University of Southern California and Old Dominion University, and a
Doctor of Arts degree in History from Middle Tennessee State University.
From 1969 to 1975 he was on active duty with the United States Army as an
infantry officer, completing tours of duty in Viet Nam and Korea. As an Army
civilian employee from 1976 to 1995, he served at various posts throughout
the U.S. and in Germany, and was active as a reserve officer. Dr. Armstrong
moved to Nashville in 1995 to pursue a second career as an historian. He
teaches American and military history for various colleges in the Nashville
area, and regularly lectures on military topics and conducts battlefield
tours. He is the author of Disaster in the West Woods, General Edwin V.
Sumner and the II Corps at Antietam, and Unfurl Those Colors;
McClellan, Sumner, and the Second Army Corps in the Maryland Campaign of
Meeting: July 14, 2009
Our speaker will be
Gloria Swift. Her
program is entitled “Secrets Revealed! Museum Objects Tell All!” This
program takes a look at special items from the Ford’s Theatre museum
collection. The focus of the program is on various museum objects -
what kind of “life” they led immediately after the assassination, what
happened to them, and finally, how they eventually “made their way back” to
Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site to become part of the museum. After
this fun program, you’ll never see a museum object the same way again!
Swift was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Northern Arizona
University with a degree in American History. Specializing in military
history, Gloria has been an interpretive park ranger and curator with the
National Park Service, working at such sites as Gettysburg National Military
Park, Harper's Ferry National Historical Park, and Monocacy National
Battlefield. Her current duty station is Ford’s Theatre National Historic
Site where she serves as curator.
Meeting: June 9, 2009
Our speaker will be Dr. Richard McMurry. Dr. McMurry is
a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He has worked in various places as a history
professor and writer, such as in Virginia and North Carolina, although he
has recently moved back to his beloved native state. Richard is considered
among current historians to be the foremost supporter of the importance of
the Western Theater to the outcome of the Civil War. He has published well
over a hundred articles on Civil War topics, and he has written numerous
books, including The Road Past Kennesaw: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864
(2005), Atlanta 1864: Last Chance for the Confederacy (2000),
TheFourth Battle of Winchester: Toward a New Civil War Paradigm (2002),
John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence (1982), and
Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay in Confederate Military History (1989).
Civil War Magazine listed the latter two works among the 100 best modern
Civil War books ever published. Richard has appeared in Civil War history
programs on television stations such as The History Channel. He is
also active in the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Blue and Gray
Richard is currently working on a book about
Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston. His talk before the BCWRT is
entitled "The General in the Jar: Joseph E. Johnston in the Defense of
Meeting: May 12, 2009
Our speaker will be Jeff Goodson.
At the outset of the Civil War, Brigadier General Benjamin Franklin Butler
led a force of Massachusetts troops south to reopen vital communications
between the Northern states and Washington. Jeff Goodson, Adjunct
History Professor at the Community College of
Baltimore County, follows Butler’s route to
and through Maryland
during the tumultuous months of April-May 1861 and discusses whether
Butler’s seizure and occupation of strategic locations contributed to
keeping the state of Maryland from seceding.
Born in Baltimore, Jeff Goodson attended Archbishop
Curley and Patapsco Senior High schools. He received a BA in History from
the University of Maryland, a MS in International Relations from Troy
University and is currently a Phd candidate in Political Science from King’s
Meeting: April 14, 2009
Our speaker will be John Michael
Priest. The author and editor of 13 Civil War related books, Mike Priest
teaches U.S. Civil War History in Washington County, Maryland. He graduated
from Loyola, Baltimore in 1972 and received his masters from Hood College.
He is currently working on the
Spotsylvania Campaign and looking for a publisher for his Gettysburg Mss.
The Topic of Mike’s discussion will
be: Slaughter in the West Woods
In an effort to turn the Confederate
left flank and relieve the pressure on Mansfield's men, Sumner's II Corps
was ordered at 7:20 a.m. to send two divisions into battle. Sedgwick's
division of 5,400 men was the first to ford the Antietam, and they entered
the East Woods with the intention of turning left and forcing the
Confederates south into the assault of Ambrose Burnside's IX Corps. But the
plan went awry. They became separated from William H. French's division, and
at 9 a.m. Sumner, who was accompanying the division, launched the attack
with an unusual battle formation—the three brigades in three long lines, men
side-by-side, with only 50 to 70 yards (60 m) separating the lines. They
were assaulted first by Confederate artillery and then from three sides by
the divisions of Early, Walker, and McLaws. So appalling was the slaughter,
nearly half of Sedgwick's 5,000 men, were struck down in less than 20
The Roundtable will sponsor a used book sale at this month’s meeting.
Members are encouraged to bring in any used Civil War books they wish to
sell (or trade).
Sedgwick’s attack - NPS Photo,
Original oil painting by James Hope
Meeting: March 10, 2009 6:00 PM
Cocktails, 7:00PM Dinner
This month is The Baltimore Civil War Roundtable Annual Dinner. Our
speaker will be Dennis Frye. Dennis is a
Civil War historian well known to re-enactors, movie fans and
the President of the former Association for the Preservation of Civil War
Sites from 1995-1998. He also has worked as a consultant in Civil War
history and 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.
Additionally, Dennis has served as Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National
Historical Park for10 years, and has worked as an NPS historian at Harpers
Ferry for 22 years.
subject of Dennis talk is “Burnside Betrayed” about Union General
March 10 -
Baltimore CWRT will have Dennis Frye speak at our Banquet in
Parkville Gardens. Click to see
Meeting: February 10, 2009
Meeting: January 13, 2009
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 stories of several Generals who abandoned the
sections of the country where they were raised to serve in the Armies of
Our speaker will be Courtney B. Wilson. Mr. Wilson holds a
Masters Degree in American History. A lifelong student of military history
and memorabilia he has worked the field of history throughout most of his
career; first with the National Park Service, then as the president of a
military antiques and appraisal firm, to his current position as the
Director of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. He is the only 2 time
winner of the Academy Award for Tourism Professional of the Year (2004 and
2007). Finally, Mr. Wilson is a Brigadier General in the Maryland National
Guard and commands the 350 officers and enlisted men of the Maryland Defense
Mr. Wilson will be talking about the B+O Railroad Museum's
Civil War collection of locomotives, cars and artifacts and the current
restoration program underway in preparation for the 2011-2015
sesquicentennial of the War.
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