November 2021 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table

November 9, 2021

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7:00pm at The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664.

Due to Charles County Board of County Commissioner updated mandates, masks will be required for all in attendance.  Seating will be limited to 4 people per table.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

Guest Speaker:  Gary Dyson

We welcome our friend Gary Dyson back to Southern Maryland this evening, as he shares with us his latest offering, “Confederate Row:  The Confederate Dead Buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, Maryland 1862-1907

Confederate Row tells the stories of the Confederate dead buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick from 1862-1907. These soldiers entered Maryland in not the best physical condition, but fought at South Mountain, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, Cedar Creek, and other nearby battlefields and later died in Frederick from their wounds. Their genealogy, battle history, and extent of their wounds where possible are described. The presentation will also give the history of the Row since the war.  As a sequel, “beyond the Bowie List” is in the works. This will describe the lives of all the known Confederate dead buried in Maryland that presumably were re-interred at the Washington Confederate from the battlefields of South Mountain, Sharpsburg, the retreat from Gettysburg, and some from Early’s Maryland invasion of 1864 that weren’t buried in Frederick.

Gary L. Dyson is a retired Environmental Specialist from the city of Gaithersburg, MD and a Marine Corps veteran. 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  The  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 as well as two Maryland church histories.  He has a BS in Natural Resources from Oregon State University. Gary lives in Mount Airy, MD with his wife Emily, and are finally “empty-nesters.”

We welcome all to come out and learn about this important Civil War location, the story behind and the current state of the cemetery.  Attendance is free, but membership is encouraged. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org or at 443-975-9142. We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

October 2021 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

October 12, 2021

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 7:00pm at The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664.

Due to Charles County Board of County Commissioner updated mandates, masks will be required for all in attendance.  Seating will be limited to 4 people per table.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

Guest Speaker:  Bob Bowser

 

Join historian Bob Bowser as he delves into the intricate details of the four year process to obtain a pardon for Dr. Samuel Mudd!

 

Dr. Mudd was convicted of conspiring to kill President Lincoln in June of 1865. His punishment was set for life in prison, yet he spent less than four years incarcerated. The standard story credits Dr. Mudd’s efforts during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1867 as justification for pardon. However, the story is far more interesting and complex! This talk will take an in depth look at the unceasing fight to gain Dr. Mudd’s freedom amid the turbulent political atmosphere of the late 1860s.

 

 

Bob Bowser is a high school history teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School, located in Charles County Maryland. For the last 11 years, Bob has been a tour guide at the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum. Additionally, Bob has done a first-person portrayal of Dr. Mudd for the last four years. Bob holds a BS in Education and a MA in History.

We welcome all to come out and hear about this player in the Lincoln assassination. Attendance is free, but membership is encouraged. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org or at 443-975-9142. We look forward to seeing you!

 

September 2021 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

September 14, 2021

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7:00pm at our NEW meeting location, The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664. 

Due to Charles County Board of County Commissioner updated mandates, masks will be required for all in attendance.  Seating will be limited to 4 people per table.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

Guest Speaker:  Donald Shomette

Join us this evening as we return to in person meetings and welcome acclaimed author Donald Shomette, as he discusses his latest book, Anaconda’s Tail: The Civil War on the Potomac Frontier, 1861-1865.

In his lecture, Mr. Shomette will reveal to us his in-depth research undertaken in producing Anaconda’s Tail: The Civil War on the Potomac Frontier, 1861-1865,  bringing to light for the first time both the Union’s efforts to deny Southern Maryland’s support for the Confederacy and to quell the incredibly resilient resistance to Federal occupation. By melding official records, diaries, letters and local traditions, he has unveiled a forgotten story of Southern Maryland and the Northern Neck of Virginia, as well as the U.S. Navy’s Potomac Flotilla that is both compelling and enormously readable. Modern students of military history can find much to guide their studies of asymmetrical warfare and rebellion here. The casual reader will be enthralled by the intrigue, adventure and daring do of seafaring guerilla, spies, and the innumerable heroes and villains hitherto lost to history.

Donald Grady Shomette completed his undergraduate work in graphic design and art history at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. In 1997 he was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Baltimore for contributions to history, science and the arts. His early career included stints at the Wall Street Journal and Grolier Publishing in New York City, and with the Washington Post in Washington, D.C. For more than two decades he served on the staff of the Library of Congress and simultaneously as director of Nautical Archaeological Associates, a non-profit research organization, which conducted, among others, the first underwater archaeological surveys in the states of Maryland, New Jersey, and Arkansas.

As a historian Shomette has served as a cultural resources management consultant for numerous states, various agencies of the U.S. Government, museums, universities, and non-profit research establishments. As a marine archaeologist he has worked in the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe under the sponsorship of such institutions as the National Geographic Society, the National Park Service, the U.S. Navy, and various educational foundations and museums.

Shomette is the author of twenty books, the most recent being Navigational Hazards (2020) and Anaconda’s Tail: Civil War on the Potomac Frontier, 1861-1865 (2019). He is a contributor to three international encyclopedias and five anthologies of history and archaeology. His many scientific and popular articles have appeared in such publications as National Geographic Magazine, History and Technology, Sea History, and the American Neptune. He has appeared in documentaries on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, Maryland Public Television, NBC, CBS and the BBC. For more than a decade he served as a lecturer for the Smithsonian Journeys Program in the Great Lakes and along the entirety of the North American Atlantic Seaboard.

His other endeavors have taken him into the field of historic cartography for the National Geographic Society, and into recorded sound and music as lyricist and music producer for Millstone Landing Productions. Among his most recent projects was instigation and development of the first National Marine Sanctuary system in the Chesapeake Tidewater at Mallows Bay on the Potomac River, site of the greatest assemblage of historic vessel remains (1776-1976) in North America. His current publication effort is entitled Siege: The Canadian Campaign of the American Revolution, 1775-1776.

Thrice winner of the prestigious John Lyman Book Award for Best American Maritime History, and twice winner of the Marion V. Brewington Award for Best U.S. Naval History, Shomette has also been honored with the Calvert Prize, the highest award in Maryland for historic preservation. He is a current resident of Calvert County, Maryland.

Attendance is free, but membership is recommended. Please contact us with any questions at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org or at 443-975-9142.

 

 

August 2021 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

August 10, 2021

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its final Summer Series meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 7:00pm from your computer. Due to continuing concerns over the COVID 19 virus and in the interest of member health and safety, we are moving our meeting on line for the immediate future. Members should be checking their email for directions on how to connect to the meeting on August 10, 2021 at 7pm. Not a member! Please reach out to us at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org to learn how to become a member.

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Zachary Fry

Dr. Zachary Fry will be with us this evening, discussing his recent (2020) UNC Press book , A Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac. The book details the heated debate over war aims and loyalty within the Union Army, including the role junior officers played in mobilizing the ranks for political action. He will discuss how voting records, unit political statements, and correspondence with home front politicians show a steady acceptance of the Lincoln administration’s policies and a resounding rejection of the army’s former commander George McClellan.

Dr. Zachary Fry is currently an assistant professor of military history at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He received his PhD from Ohio State in 2017 and taught at the US Military Academy at West Point before moving on to CGSC. Dr. Fry’s book received the Edward M. Coffman Prize from the Society for Military History and was named one of the best Civil War books of 2020 by Civil War Monitor.

Please come out and join us and beat back those summer doldrums as Zachary Fry introduces us to the intrigue and behind the scenes politicking inside the Army of the Potomac. Attendance is free, but membership is recommended. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org or at 443-975-9142. We look forward to seeing you!

July 2021 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

July 13, 2021

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its 2nd Summer Series speaker will take place virtually on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7:00pm from your computer. Due to continuing concerns over the COVID 19 virus and in the interest of member health and safety, we are moving our meeting on line for the immediate future. Members should be checking their email for directions on how to connect to the meeting on July 13, 2021 at 7pm. Not a member! Please reach out to us at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org to learn how to become a member.

Guest Speaker:  Daniel Welch

How Did They Get Here: The Gettysburg Campaign— Follow the Union and Confederate armies northward across Virginia, Maryland, and into Pennsylvania during the weeks leading up to the battle of Gettysburg and examine the many battles and events that impacted both before the first shot of July 1, 1863.  Drawn from his book, The Last Road North, Mr. Welch will answer questions about how the armies came to be in the positions they were as the Battle of Gettysburg opened, why Gen. J.E.B. Stuart was “late” and what various units were doing as the made there way north.

Gettysburg: How Did They Get Here? | Emerging Civil War

Dan Welch is currently a primary and secondary educator with a public school district in northeast Ohio. Previously, he was the Education Programs Coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner of Gettysburg National Military Park. Dan continues to serve as a seasonal Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. He has received his BA in Instrumental Music Education from Youngstown State University and a MA in Military History with a Civil War Era concentration at American Military University. He has been a contributing member at Emerging Civil War for over six years and is the co-author of The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863. He resides with his wife, Sarah, and three Labrador retrievers in Boardman, Ohio.

Please come out and join us as we add to our knowledge of the Battle of Gettysburg and the events preceding it. Attendance is free, but membership is recommended. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org or at 443-975-9142. We look forward to seeing you!

June 2021 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

June 8, 2021

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce a special “Summer Series” of speakers, beginning tonight, June 8, 2021,virtually from your computer. Due to continuing concerns over the COVID 19 virus and in the interest of member health and safety, we are moving our meeting on line for the immediate future. Members should be checking their email for directions on how to connect to the meeting on June 8, 2021 at 7pm. Not a member! Please reach out to us at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org to learn how to become a member.

Guest Speaker:  Brian Jordan

We welcome Dr. Brian Jordan as our first Summer Series speaker. Dr. Jordan will speak to us about his most recent book. A Thousand May Fall attempts an intimate, absorbing chronicle of the Civil War from the ordinary soldier’s perspective. At the heart of the book is the 107th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The unit saw service in two defining battles–Chancellorsville and Gettysburg–each time in the thick of the killing. But the men of the 107th were not lauded as heroes for their bravery and their suffering. Most of them were ethnic Germans, set apart by language and identity, and their loyalties were regularly questioned by a nativist Northern press. In the course of its service, the 107th Ohio was decimated five times over. Yet even as they endured the horrible extremes of war, the Ohioans contemplated the deeper meanings of the conflict at every turn―from personal questions of citizenship and belonging to the overriding matter of slavery and emancipation. Based on prodigious new research, including diaries, letters,and unpublished memoirs, A Thousand May Fall restores the common man and immigrant striver to the center of the Civil War narrative.

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Brian Matthew Jordan is Associate Professor of Civil War History and Chair of the History Department at Sam Houston State University. A cultural and military historian of the Civil War and its long aftermath, he is the author or editor of four books on the conflict, including Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, which was one of three finalists (runners-up) for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History. His more than 120 articles, reviews, and essays have appeared in a bevy of scholarly journals and popular magazines. He has contributed chapters to a number of scholarly anthologies. Since 2014, he has served as Book Review Editor for The Civil War Monitor. Dr. Jordan earned his Ph.D. at Yale, where his dissertation earned the George Washington Egleston Prize (for Best U.S. History Dissertation at Yale) and the John Addison Porter Prize. He is currently at work on a major history of the Civil War era for Liveright/W.W. Norton. His most recent book, A Thousand May Fall: Life, Death, and Survival in the Union Army, was a Main Selection of the History Book Club.

Please join us as we learn about a different perspective of the soldier’s life and perseverance during a critical time in the Civil War. Attendance is free, but membership is recommended. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org or at 443-975-9142. We look forward to seeing you!

May 2021 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

May 11, 2021

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its May meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7:00pm from your computer. Due to continuing concerns over the COVID 19 virus and in the interest of member health and safety, we are moving our meeting on line for the immediate future. Members should be checking their email for directions on how to connect to the meeting on May 11, 2021 at 7pm. Not a member! Please reach out to us at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org to learn how to become a member.

Guest Speaker:  Edna Troiano

A we conclude our slate of speakers for our ninth year, we welcome Ms. Edna Troiano, who will bring us the story of a local, Mr. Josiah Henson, who inspired a story that most of us are familiar with.

Josiah Henson, born into slavery in La Plata, Maryland, was auctioned off as a child to pay his slaveholder’s debt. Because of his intelligence and skill, he became an overseer on the plantations in Maryland and Kentucky where he was enslaved. Learning that he was going to be sold to the South, he escaped with his wife and four young children. Once safe in Canada, he established a school and a settlement for fugitives, repeatedly returned to the United States to rescue other enslaved people on the Underground Railroad, became a sought-after preacher and lecturer, and was an inspiration for the heroic character of Uncle Tom in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Edna M. Troiano, who holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature, is professor emerita of the College of Southern Maryland, where she chaired the Department of Languages and Literature from 1986 to 2006. She coauthored two college rhetoric texts (Write to Know and The Contemporary Writer) and co-edited an anthology of Christmas literature (The Roads from Bethlehem). Her articles, book reviews, and essays have been published widely in academic journals and popular magazines. She lives in Maryland with her husband Pete, her son Leo, and her brilliant and beautiful golden retriever Penelope.

Please come out and join us as we learn about this local personage, the life he led and the inspiration he became. Attendance is free, but membership is recommended. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org or at 443-975-9142. We look forward to seeing you!

April 2021 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

April 13 , 2021

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its April meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7:00pm from your computer. Due to continuing concerns over the COVID 19 virus and in the interest of member health and safety, we are moving our meeting on line for the immediate future. Members should be checking their email for directions on how to connect to the meeting on April 13, 2021 at 7pm. Not a member! Please reach out to us at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org to learn how to become a member.

Guest Speaker:  Phillip Greenwalt

We welcome back our good friend Phillip Greenwalt, who led us on our April 2014 trip to the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House National Battlefields. Tonight he returns to speak to us about the Florida Brigade and its service in the Gettysburg Campaign.

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The smallest brigade in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Gettysburg Campaign was the “Florida Brigade” which consisted of three regiments totaling approximately 770 men when Robert E. Lee invaded Maryland and Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863. Fitting, as the smallest, in population size, of the seceded states, was Florida itself. Yet, these three regiments; the 2nd, 5th, and 8th Florida were asked to do a herculean task on two of the days of the engagement. Due to their paltry numbers and afterward limited primary sources their history has largely been overshadowed. Read William Faulkner’s famous excerpt on Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg from his 1948 book Intruder in the Dust. He mentions Armistead, Kemper, Garnett, and even Wilcox. No mention of Col. David Lang or the Floridians.

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Walk the Union line near the now famous Copse of Trees on Cemetery Ridge and you see a dated map on one of the markers. Shows the routes taken by Pickett, Pettigrew, Trimble, and Wilcox. No mention of Lang or the Floridians. Took a century from the conclusion of that disastrous charge of July 3rd for a monument to be dedicated to the Floridians who sacrificed so much on two of the three days of carnage that marked the Battle of Gettysburg. Until then, besides the Perry Brigade markers, no mention of Lang or the Floridians. Their role in the engagement has been marginalized and distorted. Their heroism and determination in two assaults across open ground questioned and slandered. What these three regiments attempted, with already depleted ranks, was amazing and due for more recognition than the history of the battle has afforded them. The talk at the Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table for April 2021 will focus on the Florida Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign.

Phillip S. Greenwalt is the co-founder of Emerging Revolutionary War and a full-time historian with Emerging Civil War. He is the author or co-author of five books on the American Revolution and American Civil Wars. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit University and a graduate degree in American history from George Mason University. He is a 13-year veteran of the National Park Service. But, most importantly he is a native Baltimorean and still admits to being a die-hard Baltimore Orioles fan.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org or at 443-975-9142. We look forward to seeing you!

March 2021 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

March 9 , 2021

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its March meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:00pm from your computer. Due to continuing concerns over the COVID 19 virus and in the interest of member health and safety, we are moving our meeting on line for the immediate future. Members should be checking their email for directions on how to connect to the meeting on March 9, 2021 at 7pm. Not a member! Please reach out to us at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org to learn how to become a member.

Guest Speaker:  Matt Borders

We welcome back Matt Borders, who spoke to us in November about his book “Faces of Union Soldiers at Antietam”, as he shares images and stories of some of the 30 Union soldiers highlighted in his latest book, “Faces of Union Soldiers at South Mountain & Harpers Ferry”.

Written and published with his fellow National Park Service certified guide Joseph Stahl, this work looks into 30 individual soldiers that fought in the opening battles of the Maryland Campaign, South Mountain and Harpers Ferry on September 14 & 15, 1862. These images are previously unpublished and are of the men in the ranks, not the generals that commanded them. Matt will discuss a sampling of these soldiers, who they were, what they did on these fields, and what can be gleaned from their images.

A long time student of American History and the Civil War, Matthew Borders holds a BA in US History and an MS in Historic Preservation. He has worked as a National Park Service ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, as well as a historian and battlefield surveyor for the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program. He is also a Certified Battlefield Guide at Antietam and Harper’s Ferry.  Currently Matthew is a Park Ranger at Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick, MD.   In 2019, Matthew was honored to be the recipient of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation’s prestigious Dr. Joseph Harsh Award for his research topic, The Loudoun Valley Campaign of 1862: McClellan’s Final Advance.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org or at 443-975-9142. We look forward to seeing you!

February 2021 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

February 9 , 2021

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its February meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday February 9, 2021 at 7:00pm from your computer. Due to continuing concerns over the COVID 19 virus and in the interest of member health and safety, we are moving our meeting on line for the immediate future. Members should be checking their email for directions on how to connect to the meeting on February 9, 2021 at 7pm. Not a member! Please reach out to us at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org to learn how to become a member.

Guest Speaker:  Ron Kirkwood

Ron Kirkwood is the author of “Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg.” The book was published by Savas Beatie in hardcover in June 2019 and went into its second printing in October 2019. It came out in paperback in January 2021 and an audio version will be released in February.

Kirkwood argues in “Too Much for Human Endurance” that the George Spangler farm was the most important farm in the Battle of Gettysburg, revealing factors that have long been overlooked. The book also presents newly found information about Confederate Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead’s time at the XI Corps hospital at Spangler, the Granite Schoolhouse hospital, the Spanglers, the Artillery Reserve and stories of the suffering and heroism of the surgeons, nurses, wounded and mortally wounded at the two hospitals on the Spanglers’ land. 

Kirkwood is retired after a 40-year career as an editor and writer in newspapers and magazines including USA TODAY, the Baltimore Sun, the Harrisburg Patriot-News and the York (PA) Daily Record. He edited national magazines for USA TODAY Sports and was National Football League editor for USA TODAY Sports Weekly. He managed the copy desk in Harrisburg when the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Kirkwood is a Michigan native and graduate of Central Michigan University, where he has returned as guest speaker to journalism classes as part of the school’s Hearst Visiting Professionals series. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org or at 443-975-9142. We look forward to seeing you!