Southern MD Civil War Round Table Film Series

October 10, 2017

Come out and join us for the third season of Civil War films from 4:25pm – 6:45pm, prior to the regularly scheduled Round table meeting tonight.  Movies will be shown at the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Business and Industry, Chaney Enterprises Conference Center, Room BI-113, at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata, MD.  Admission is free!

Tonight’s Feature:  “Free State of Jones“

 

Newton Knight, played by Matthew McConaughey, is a disillusioned Confederate army deserter who returns to Mississippi to lead a militia of fellow deserters, runaway slaves, and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government. “The movie tells of a counter-rebellion in a Mississippi town during the Civil War, and is based on a true story. The film is done in a style that emulates “Twelve Years a Slave”, and … deals with topics of slavery and secession in a way that is poignant but also constructive” (Casey Nicholson). The “free state” that Knight formed within the state of Mississippi operates under the credo that no man shall be owned, and poor men should not be losing their lives so the rich can get richer. It’s a truly powerful film about freedom and an earnest man who believes in equality–even on a subconscious level” (IMDb).

October 2017 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

October 10, 2017

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00pm at the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Business and Industry, Chaney Enterprises Conference Center, Room BI-113, at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata, MD.

Guest Speaker:  Gary Dyson

 

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table welcomes author Mr. Gary Dyson, as he discusses his book, “The Ambush of the Isaac P. Smith, Family Ties and the Battle on the Stono, January 30, 1863.”  Mr. Dyson will present the story of the USS Isaac P. Smith, which was ambushed by Confederate shore batteries and captured on the Stono River near Charleston, South Carolina on January 30, 1863.  John Wyer Dicks (Executive Officer) and Frederic Calvin Hills (Paymaster) were officers on the Smith, meeting each other as shipmates, spending time as prisoners of war together, and immediately after the Civil War becoming related when Frederic married John’s daughter Marianne.  This book also tells the history of the Smith leading up to its capture as well as provides an account of the crew’s captivity, the lives of Dicks and Hills after the war, and some brief biographies of other combatants, North and South.  Battle reports and eyewitness accounts were used to describe the battle.  Published through Lulu.com, Mr. Dyson’s book is available there as well as Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

The Ambush of the Isaac P. Smith, Family Ties and the Battle on the Stono, January 30, 1863

Gary L. Dyson is a retired Environmental Specialist from the city of Gaithersburg, MD and a former Marine.  He is a lifelong history enthusiast and has spent countless hours reading, researching and exploring battlefields – from the French and Indian War to World War II.  Gary owns Dyson Genealogy and Historical Research and is the author of “Ambush of the Isaac P. Smith” and “A Civil War Correspondent in New Orleans, the Journals and Reports of Albert Gaius Hills of the Boston Journal.”  He has a BS in Natural Resources Management from Oregon State University.  Gary lives in Mount Airy, MD with his wife Emily and has two children away at college.  He is also a board member for the Frederick County Civil War Round Table.  We invite everyone to join us and Mr. Dyson,  as we learn about one of the lesser known stories of the American Civil War.

Attendance is free for all, but membership is recommended.  For information, contact the Round Table’s president, Brad Gottfried, at bradgottfried@yahoo.com or 862-268-5576.

September 2017 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

September 12, 2017

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:00pm at the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Business and Industry, Chaney Enterprises Conference Center, Room BI-113, at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata, MD.

Guest Speaker:  Joseph Stahl

For those that joined us on our 2016 Spring Field Trip to Antietam, tonight’s speaker will be very familiar.  For those that did not, you are in for a treat, as our guide from our survey of Antietam, Joseph Stahl, returns to speak to us about Union ID discs, as The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table kicks off its sixth (6th) season.

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The presentation “Union ID Discs” will introduce information on the history, types and makers of the “metals” as they were called in the Civil War.    These discs were bought by the soldiers as they were not government  issue. Examples of most of the major types of discs will be shown and information about each of the owners of the discs will be included. The discs will be on display at the presentation.

Joseph Stahl retired from the Institute for Defense Analyses where he authored or co-authored more that 50 reports on defense issues. Since his retirement he has become a volunteer and Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam. He grew up in St. Louis, where he earned an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians, SHAF, the Hagerstown Civil War Roundtable and is co-author of the first book on ID discs Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War. He has spoken to various Civil War groups including the Northern Virginia Relic Hunters, South Mountain Coin and Relic Club, Rappahannock, York, Chambersburg and Hagerstown Round Tables, Chambersburg Civil War Tours, Save Historic Antietam Foundation and the NPS Antietam. In addition Joe has authored more that two dozen articles about items in his collections for the Gettysburg Magazine, the Washington Times Civil War Page, Manuscripts, America’s Civil War, Military Collector & Historian the Journal of the Company of Military Historians, the Civil War Historian and the Skirmish Line of the North-South Skirmish Association. Displays of items from of his collection have won awards at several Civil War shows.

Mr. Stahl also has been a member of the North-South Skirmish Association for more than 20 years and has shot civil war type muskets, carbines and revolvers in both individual and team competitions.

Attendance is free for all, but membership is recommended.  For information, contact the Round Table’s president, Brad Gottfried, at bradgottfried@yahoo.com or 862-268-5576.

Southern MD Civil War Round Table 5th Annual Field Trip

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table regrets to announce that this year’s field trip to the South Mountain battlefields has been postponed.  Refunds to those that have already paid in advance are being issued this week, by our treasurer, Ron Sweeney.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your continued support!

Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table

South Mountain Battlefields Tour

Saturday, May 6, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The Tour:  Join us for the fifth annual Spring Tour of the Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table.  This tour will begin in La Plata (CSM Campus), where participants will board a chartered bus for the trip to the South Mountain battlefields (Fox’s Gap, Turner’s Gap, and Crampton’s Gap).

Fought on September 14, 1862 (prior to the Battle of Antietam), one Confederate division and part of a second, numbering perhaps 10,000 men held off as many as 40,000 Union troops desperately trying to force their way across the South Mountain gaps to relieve the siege of Harper’s Ferry.

Come join this bus and walking tour of the three battles that set the tone for the rest of the Maryland Campaign.  This tour will be of interest to the die-hard enthusiast and the novice alike.

The Guide:  Brad Gottfried, CSM President and author of eleven Civil War books, including the Maps of Antietam, which chronicles the epic “David and Goliath” Fight will lead the tour.  All participants will receive detailed maps to better explain the actions.

Cost: The cost of the trip (bus and lunch) is $55 for members and $65 for nonmembers.  Save money through early bird registration (March 8, 2017)– $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers.  For additional information, or to register, contact Brad Gottfried at 301- 934- 7625 or bradgottfried@yahoo.com.

May 2017 Southern MD Civil War Round Table

May 9, 2017

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 9, 2014 at 7:00pm at the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Business and Industry, Chaney Enterprises Conference Center, Room BI-113, at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata, MD.

Guest Speaker:  TJ Youhn

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The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is please to welcome one of its own, as Mr. TJ Youhn will discuss:

“Their Commands, But Tugboats – Their Prizes, But Canoes,” The Potomac River Squadron in Action, 1861-1865.

April 1861 found President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln in charge of a rapidly disintegrating nation, attempting to govern from a Capitol city separated from hostile territory by only a few hundred yards of the Potomac River.  The US Army immediately began building fortifications around the Capitol, until by 1865, Washington, DC could honestly lay claim to being the most heavily fortified city in the world.  But what of the Capitol City’s water front?  What was to be done about those few hundred yards of the Potomac River.  While the Army built fortresses, the US Navy began the organization of the Potomac River Squadron and initially charged it with the protection of the water approaches to Washington DC.

From the first days of the war until the final surrender of the Confederacy, the US Navy continually improved the Potomac River Squadron, transforming it from a rag tag collection of improvised barges and schooners into one of the most powerful and efficient “Brown Water” forces ever to fight beneath the Stars and Stripes.

While a full description and analysis of all operations of the Potomac River Squadron would require volumes, TJ will present and discuss a short collection of incidents and actions fought by the units of the Squadron in the local Southern Maryland area.  Mr. Youhn’s object for this presentation will be, to pique the interest of the audience to discover more information on this little known aspect of the American Civil War.

... on the Confederate Batteries at Aquia Creek by the Potomac Flotilla

TJ Youhn is a retired Naval Flight Officer, Flight Test Engineer, and Operational Test Director.  After retiring from the Navy with a little under 23 years in the Fleet, a little over 7,000 hours in the air and a lifetime full of stories, Mr. Youhn returned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, and remained in the Flight Test field with positions as a Civilian Flight Test Engineer and Test Manager, spending 10 of the last 12 years as the Program Manager for Test and Evaluation on the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet Programs.

Mr. Youhn became interested in Civil War History as a hobbyist, reenactor, living historian and member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Point Lookout at Point Lookout State Park, Maryland.  While casually researching the history of Point Lookout, Mr. Youhn stumbled upon repeated references in US Army records to the US Navy’s Potomac River Flotilla and Potomac River Squadron.  As a retired Naval Officer his interest was piqued and he has begun the task of slowly researching and bringing to light the fascinating story of this little known and under recognized Naval unit in the American Civil War.

Attendance is free for all, but membership is recommended.  For information, contact the Round Table’s president, Brad Gottfried, at bgottfried@csmd.edu or 301-934-7625

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Spring Field Trip Sign Up

Due to our March meeting being postponed, the early sign up period for our Spring Field Trip to South Mountain has been extended.  The final day to sign up and take advantage of early sign up rates will be April 11, 2017.

Thank you!

Southern MD Civil War Round Table Film Series

April 11, 2017

Come out and join us for the conclusion of our second season of Civil War film screenings,  from 4:15pm – 6:45pm, prior to the regularly scheduled Round table meeting tonight.  Movies will be shown at the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Business and Industry, Chaney Enterprises Conference Center, Room BI-113, at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata, MD.  Admission is free!

Tonight’s Feature:  “Ride with the Devil“

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A little-known band of Civil War fighters known as Bushwhackers use guerrilla warfare to destroy Yankee targets. Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights. When Jack Bull’s dad is killed by Union soldiers, the young men join the Bushwhackers, irregulars loyal to the South. The two friends join the Southern Bushwhackers, led by William Quantrill, as they combat the Northern Jayhawkers. The movie stars Tobey McGuire, Skeet Ulrich, and Jewel (the singer).