May 2013 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

May 14, 2013

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7:00PM on the LaPlata campus Dan's_photoof the College of Southern Maryland.  The Meeting will be held in the Business and Industries building, Chaney Enterprises Conference Room; Room BI-113.

Guest Speaker:  Daniel Carroll Toomey

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table will host a presentation by noted author Daniel Carroll Toomey, a University of Maryland graduate.  Mr. Toomey has authored several books on the Civil War including, “The Civil War in Maryland“, “Marylanders at Gettysburg” and “The Maryland Line Confederate Soldiers’ Home“.  He is also co-author of “Baltimore During the Civil War” and “Marylanders in Blue“, all of which were published by Toomey Press.

Mr. Toomey has lectured for a number of historical organizations, as well as for the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution.  His course, “The Civil War in Maryland” has been offered at a number of local colleges.  He has also contributed to radio and television programs and on two Civil War battle videos.  Mr. Toomey is a member of the Surratt Society, the Maryland Arms Collectors Association and the thewarcamebytrainCompany of Military Historians.  He serves on the Maryland Military Monuments Commission and was project historian for the Maryland Memorial erected at Gettysburg in 1994.

Among his many achievements, Mr. Toomey has received numerous awards for his  historical research and exhibits, including the Gettysburg National Battlefield Award in 1985 and was the recipient of the 2001 Peterkin Award, given by the National Park Service at Fort McHenry, for his many contributions in the field of research and preservation.

His two fondest accomplishments are writing the inscription for the Maryland Monument at Gettysburg and playing on the first ever Howard County, MD lacrosse team in 1964.  Currently, Mr. Toomey is the Guest Curator at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum for their five year project, “The War Came by Train“, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

April 2013 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

April 9, 2013

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7:00pm on the LaPlata campus of the College of Southern Maryland, in the Business and Industry Building, Chaney Enterprises Conference Room Room BI-113.

Guest Speaker:  Peter MacNeill

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table (SMCWR) will host a presentation by licensed Washington, D.C. tour guide Peter MacNeill on Civil War forts in the Washington, D.C. area.  The forts varied from rudimentary structures to magnificent M4034S-4211engineering marvels and all were constructed to help keep the enemy out of Washington. MacNeill will lecture on location and composition of forts and their strategic purpose. While most of these forts are gone, some, like Fort DeRussy, Fort Foote, Fort Marcy, Fort Stevens, Fort Ward and Fort Washington are partially or wholly intact.

Peter MacNeill’s fascination with American military history began while watching John Wayne and Errol Flynn movies with his father on Saturday mornings in the 1950’s. Since moving to the Washington, D.C region in 1971, Mr. MacNeill has passed the National Park Service Gettysburg battlefield tour guide exam and in 1992 began a career as a licensed Washington, D.C.tour guide specializing in veteran’s military reunion tours and Civil War battlefield tours.  Mr. MacNeill estimates that he has visited Antietam and Gettysburg thousands of times.

Information and registration details for an April 27, 2013 tour of an umber of Civil War forts, led by Mr. MacNeill, will be available at the SMCWR meeting on April 9.  The SMCWR hosts monthly meetings the second Tuesday of every month from September thru May. Meetings are free and open to the public, but membership in the round table is highly encouraged.  Annual membership is $30.  For more information contact SMCWR President Brad Gottfried at or 301-934-7625.