Meeting: December 13, 2011
Our speaker will be our own Earle Hollenbaugh. Earle has been the Newsletter editor for the last decade. He has
also served the Roundtable as Vice-President and Member of the
Board of Directors. Earle is a retired Analyst for the Federal
Government and a long-time Catonsville resident.
Earle will be discussing the unsuccessful Autumn
1862 campaign commanded by Confederate General Earl Van Dorn to
recapture the vital rail junction at Corinth MS. This campaign
had consequences not generally recognized.
The utter defeat of the Confederate forces eliminated the
only mobile Southern command standing between Ulysses Grant's
army and Vicksburg. After Corinth, the way was clear for Grant
to proceed to opening the Mississippi River.
General Earl Van Dorn
Meeting: November 22, 2011
Our speaker will be
M. Gottfried. Bradley M. Gottfried holds a Ph.D. in Zoology
from Miami University. He has worked in higher education for
more than three decades as a faculty member and administrator.
He is currently President of the College of Southern Maryland.
An avid Civil War
Gottfried is the author
of several books, including Brigades of Gettysburg: The
Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg
(2002) and The Maps of Gettysburg (2007).
Dr Gottfried will discuss
the Battles of South Mountain.
Battle of South Mountain,
Fox’s Gap - click picture for larger view
Meeting: October 18, 2011
Our speaker this month will be our own Board Member,
Lee Hodges. Lee will give a presentation on The Battle of
Olustee, Florida. The battle, fought on Feb. 20, 1864, was
the largest battle fought in Florida.
Lee has been a member of the BCWRT since 2003. Lee has
been extremely interested in the Civil War since early
childhood. He graduated from the University of Maryland
Baltimore County (UMBC) with a B.A. and M.A. in history, with
particular emphasis on American history and the U.S.
presidency. He is a pianist and composer, and graduated from
the University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor of Music
degree in piano performance. Additionally, Lee is a writer and
has had articles published in Washington
Opera Magazine, among other
Olustee Battle monument, Lake City, FL – photo courtesy
Meeting: September 20, 2011
Our speaker this month will be our own President, Bob
Mullauer. Bob will discuss George Meade at Gettysburg.
Bob Mullauer was a high school history teacher
for over a decade. He currently teaches night-time 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 and has guided
BCWRT trips to Gettysburg. 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.
Meeting: August 16, 2011
Our speaker will be
Brooks. Lester Brooks was reared in Cleveland, Ohio; earned
a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. In 1982
he began teaching U.S. History, Civil War Era, and African
American History at Anne Arundel Community College. Dr. Brooks
is Program Coordinator of the Chesapeake Civil War Roundtable.
He also teaches continuing education classes on the Civil War
that combine lectures with battlefield visits.
The topic of the lecture
is "Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation."
Meeting: July 19, 2011
Our speaker will be Matt Atkinson.
His topic will be The Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run).
Matt Atkinson hails from Houston, Mississippi. (Grierson's
Raid came through his town.) Matt grew up in Mississippi loving
the Civil War. His parents took him to local battlefields such
as Vicksburg and Shiloh. He attended Ole Miss and graduated with
a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in
History. He is employed by Gettysburg National Military Park.
Matt currently resides in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his wife
Angela and three-year old son Benjamin Lee. Matt promises an
"entertaining" evening so don't miss out!
Meeting: June 21, 2011
Our speaker will be
His topic will be Civil War Prisons.
adjunct professor in the Civil War Era Studies department at
Gettysburg College. He teaches at McDaniel College and Carroll
Community College as well. He spent 30 years as an educator in
the Carroll County, Maryland school system and also works for
the American Institute for History Education. He is active in
the North-South Skirmish Association and shoots competitively
with Civil War firearms. He currently resides with his wife,
Barbara, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Meeting: May 10, 2011
Our speakers will be
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. Bob currently serves as the President of the
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
each discuss a General killed in the Civil War. Which Generals
they will talk about has been a closely guarded secret but they
promise a lively and interesting presentation.
Meeting: April 12, 2011
Our speaker will be Jeff Goodsen. Jeff will discuss
Agents & Activities of the Confederate Secret & Signal Services
in Maryland from 1861-1865.
Are you aware that the first assassination plot against a US
President-elect originated in Baltimore?
Did you know that the head of the Confederate Secret and Signal
Service in Richmond was a Marylander?
Are you familiar with the intricate details of the Confederate
“Secret Line” through Maryland?
Have you heard about the clandestine activities of the
Confederate resistance and smuggling operations in the
Chesapeake Bay & Potomac River?
Did you know that most of the Marylanders involved in the final
assassination plot against Abraham Lincoln were also Confederate
Secret Service operatives?
Finally, were you aware that Marylander (and Lincoln
conspirator), Mary Surratt was the first female executed by the
These fascinating subjects will be discussed and presented by
Jeff Goodson, Adjunct Professor of History at Carroll Community
College and the Community College of Baltimore County. Jeff
brings additional insight to the topic as a Retired
Counterintelligence Special Agent & Military History buff.
Meeting: March 8, 2011
Our March meeting is our Annual Banquet.
The 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 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.
Meeting: February 8, 2011
speaker will be Courtney
Wilson. 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.
will also be offering a few informal appraisals and discussions
regarding Civil War Collectibles. We encourage members to bring
items to the meeting this month for inspection and appraisal.
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 Force.
Meeting: January 11, 2011
The January meeting was canceled due to inclement weather and
the speaker was rescheduled for April.
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