Meeting: December 11, 2012
Our speaker will be our
newly elected President Earle
Earle has been the
Newsletter editor for over 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
Earle will be providing a
PowerPoint presentation on the 1864
capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
Fort Fisher, at the mouth of the
Cape Fear River, protected The Port of
Wilmington, NC. With a railroad line
running to Richmond, Wilmington was the
last port that could be utilized by
blockade runners supplying Robert E.
Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. The
fort, constructed over two years, was
the largest earthwork fortification in
the Western Hemisphere and fell only
after two attempts by combined Union
Army/Navy expeditions. The first
attempt, failed due to incompetence and
jealousy, primarily on the part of the
commanding General, Benjamin Butler.
Newton Martin Curtis – “The Hero of Fort Fisher”
Meeting: November 27, 2012 *** Cancelled ***
(tonight's speaker will not be able to make
it and the
expected inclement weather)
Our speaker will be our
own Lee Hodges. His topic is:
Desertion in the Civil
Lee will address: How many desertions
were there? Who was likely to desert?
What were some of the motivations for
deserting? How did soldiers desert and
where did they go after doing so? What
actions did the Union and Confederate
governments take to combat it? Finally,
what effect did desertion have on the
"Lee has been a member of the BCWRT
since 2003. He 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. Lee
serves as Research and Analysis
Specialist for the Public Affairs
Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), a
nonpartisan organization dedicated to
promoting awareness of issues of
interest to the Iranian-American
community. Lee is a pianist and
composer, and graduated from the
University of Maryland College Park with
a Bachelor of Music degree in piano
performance. Lee is also a writer and
has had articles published in Washington
, among other
publications. Lee spoke to the
BCWRT in October 2011, giving a talk on
the battle of Olustee, Florida.
Meeting: October 23, 2012
Our speaker will be Wayne E. Motts.
His topic is:The George Spangler Farm:
Army Corps Field Hospital at Gettysburg
by Union forces of the 11th
Army Corps on July 1, 1863, the previously tranquil farm of
George Spangler was turned into an immense field hospital.
From the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, and for five
weeks afterwards, the Spangler Farm hosted some 1,900
wounded soldiers of both sides. Among the patients treated
there were Brigadier General Lewis Armistead of the
Confederate Army mortally wounded in Pickett’s Charge, Union
Brigadier General Francis Barlow, and Private George Nixon,
the great-grandfather of President Richard M. Nixon. This
farm is one of the most important and preserved hospital
sites from the Battle of Gettysburg. Join historian and
licensed guide Wayne E. Motts as he presents the fascinating
history of this significant property purchased by the
Gettysburg Foundation in 2008. The farm is currently being
Wayne E. Motts is the CEO of the
National Civil War Museum located in Harrisburg,
He has been a licensed battlefield guide at the Gettysburg
Park National Military Park for the past 25 years. He is the
author of the only published biography of Southern General
Lewis A. Armistead who died at the Spangler Farm on July 5,
Meeting: September 25, 2012
Our speaker will be Richard Manning McMurry.
Richard McMurry is a native of Atlanta. In 1961 he received
the B.A. degree in history from the Virginia Military
Institute. He then served two years active duty in the
United States Army at Fort Campbell, KY. Subsequently, he
attended Emory University, receiving the M.A. degree in June
1964 and the Ph.D in June 1967. From 1967 to 1981 McMurry
taught history at Valdosta (Georgia) State College. He was
an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University from
1981 to 1988. Since that time he has been a freelance writer
and speaker and has served as a guide/historian for many
tour and cruise groups.
Richard McMurry has authored more than 100 articles on
various aspects of the Civil War. In 1994 two of his books –
John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence
and Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay in Confederate
Military History – were listed among the one hundred
best modern Civil War books as selected by the eminent
historian Gary Gallagher for the magazine Civil War.
Mr. McMurry will discuss the Strategies of
No meeting August 2012
Meeting: July 24, 2012
speaker will be Tom
Tom Clemens received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in History from Salisbury University. He was awarded a Doctorate of Arts from George Mason University. Tom taught History at Salisbury University and, since 1986, he has been a fulltime faculty member at Hagerstown Community College. He currently teaches U.S. and World History, as well as courses on the American Civil War plus History and Hollywood.
A number of Tom’s
articles on the American Civil War have been published. The
Maryland Historical Magazine included his Master’s thesis in
one of its issues.
Tom has been giving
tours of Antietam for over 15 years and has volunteered as a
costumed interpreter for nearly 30 years at Antietam,
Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg and many other historic sites.
Dr. Clemens is an
ardent Civil War preservationist. He is a founding
member of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, a
non-profit battlefield preservation organization. Tom has
been the President of this organization since 1989. He and
his two daughters live in Keedysville, in close proximity to
the Antietam Battlefield.
will be on the Battle of Antietam.
MD Monument - Photo
by Keith Snyder, NPS
Meeting: June 26, 2012
John Michael "Mike" Priest, the
author/editor of around 12 Civil War related books, retired
from teaching high school on January 1, 2011, after serving
30.5 years. Since that time, he has traveled to Australia
and to various round tables on the East Coast, speaking
about topics ranging from the West woods at Antietam to
Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. Currently, as a certified
guide at Antietam, he routinely takes visitors on tours of
the battlefield. In addition to the standard 2.5 hour tours
he has also given specialized walks of the West woods, the
Bloody Lane and nearby South Mountain. He is currently
working on a series of books on the Spotsylvania campaign of
1864.He and his wife of 43 years reside in Clear Spring,
Maryland. He can be contacted at
Mike's presentation, based upon his forthcoming book "Stand
to It and Give Them Hell"
(Ten Roads Publishing,
Gettysburg, PA), will concentrate upon the action of July 2,
1863 at the Wheatfield. Using a series of detailed
battalion level maps, he will walk the audience through one
of bloodiest spots on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Brigades
of the Union Second, Third, and Fifth Corps all saw combat
in the Wheatfield, sometimes in tandem with each other. The
presentation will illustrate how the Wheatfield served as a
hub for the fighting at the Rose Farm, the Devils Den, and
Little Round Top.
Winslow’s Battery – Wheatfield
Meeting: May 22, 2012
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. Bob
currently serves as the President of the BCWRT.
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
“Four Generals with missing parts”. This
promises to be another lively and informative presentation
from Jerry and Bob.
Meeting: April 24, 2012
Our speaker will be BCWRT President
Bob Mullauer. 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 will discuss the Army of the Potomac’s
Overland campaign of 1864 from the Wilderness to Cold
Meeting: March 27, 2012
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 preservationists.
He was 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.
Dennis will discuss the
topic of his upcoming book:
Harper’s Ferry Under
Fire, 1861 – 1865. It is hoped he will have
copies available at the dinner.
Meeting: February 28, 2012
Our speaker will be Jeff
Goodsen. Jeff will discuss Agents & Activities of the Union
Secret & Signal Services in Maryland from 1861-1865. This is a
follow-up to the discussion of the Confederate Secret services
in Maryland that Jeff gave to the Roundtable January 2011.
American Civil War marked the beginning of extensive civil and
military espionage. The intelligence operations during the Civil
War were pre-modern, amateurish, and even eccentric by
twenty-first century standards, but elements of this odd secret
war foreshadowed the later modernization of America’s novice
Joseph Hooker ordered his deputy provost marshal, Col. George H.
Sharpe, to create a unit to gather intelligence. Sharpe set up
what he called the Bureau of Military Information and was aided
by John C. Babcock. Sharpe’s bureau produced reports based on
information collected from agents, prisoners of war, refugees,
Southern newspapers, documents retrieved from battlefield
corpses, and other sources.
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.
Colonel George H. Sharpe
Meeting: January 24, 2012
Join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg at the January meeting for an illustrated talk entitled "Baltimore and the Civil War: A City Divided." The lecture will look at the role played by our city in the conflict as well as stories about individual Baltimoreans. In addition, Wayne will focus on some of the major Civil War figures buried at Green Mount Cemetery as well as the four major Civil War monuments located in the city.
Born and raised in the Waverly section of Baltimore, Wayne graduated from City College in 1964 and Towson University in 1968. In addition he has graduate degrees from Morgan and Hopkins Universities. He taught high school social studies in the Baltimore City school system for 39 years before retiring in 2007. Wayne has been giving tours and illustrated lectures on Baltimore history for over 30 years, and is probably best known for his walking tours through historic Green Mount
Cemetery. Currently Wayne serves on the boards of Baltimore Heritage, the Irish Railroad Workers Museum, and Friends of the Perry Hall Mansion.
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