A Special Invitation

Saturday April 19th, 2014

Round Table member Jonathan Beasley has graciously extended an invitation to all Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table members and their families to his annual Author’s Party, Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 6PM.  In addition to meeting local author’s from this area, we will also have the opportunity to view Jonathan’s collection of Historical Maryland Memorabilia.  Jonathan has brought samples of his collection to past meetings and his entire collection will be on display at the Charles County Public Library later this year!

Jonathan has requested that if you are interested in attending, please RSVP with a head count by April 12th, so that he can finalize all of the necessary arrangements.  For more information and to RSVP, please email bsunderland@somdcwrt.org. Hope to see you there!

Southern Relief Societies

Southern Relief Societies


Saturday, March 29, 2014


When Civil War Aid Societies are discussed, the U. S. Sanitary Commission, the Christian Commission and other Northern organizations are mentioned, but what about Southern Aid Societies?  Was there such a thing?  Join retired USAF Lt. Col Carol Randell on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 4PM at the Surratt House Museum as she enlightens us on Southern civilian efforts.

The Surratt House Museum is located at 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735.  Admission is FREE, but do plan to arrive early as seating is limited.  For more information, please call 301-868-1121 or log onto www.pgparks.com.


2014 Park Day

April 5, 2014

Fort Lincoln/Camp Hoffman/Point Lookout State Park is looking for volunteers to assist in 2014 Park Day, April 5, 2014 from 9:30am to 2:00pm.  Part of a national campaign at Civil War sites across the nation, volunteers will meet at Point Lookout State PArk, 11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland MD 20687 at 9:30am for general clean and maintenance at the Civil War facilities. The only tools needed are a good pair of work gloves and a willing spirit! 🙂 Light food and drinks (snacks/desserts) to be provided.  After the working hours of this event, costumed interpreters will provide tours of the area and a weapons demonstration for all participants. (Weather Permitting!)

For more details, please contact Bob Crickenberger at 301-872-5688 or by email at crickenberger@comcast.net.  See you there!




April 2014 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

April 8, 2014

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:00pm at the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Business and Industry, Chaney Enterprise Conference Room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, LaPlata, MD.

Guest Speaker:  Phillip Greenwalt

In preparation for our field trip on April 26,2014 to the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Battlefields, please join the Southern phillipgreenwaltMaryland Civil War Round Table as we welcome our tour guide; Phillip Greenwalt.  Mr. Greenwalt will give us an overview of the sites, sounds and events from the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House Battlefields in May 1864, that we will visit in person on the 26th.   These battles mark the first encounters with the Army of Northern Virginia by the Army of the Potomac under the command of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.  Among the areas to be discussed will be the fighting at Saunders Field, the Widow Tapp Field and the Orange Plank Road in the Wilderness and the “Bloody Angle” at Spotsylvania. These two battles set the stage for what would become known as the Overland Campaign and the desperate struggle between Grant, Lee and their armies.

Phillip Greenwalt is currently a historian with the National Park Service at the George Washington National Monument and the Thomas Stone National Historic Site. He began his National Park Service career as a historical interpreter intern at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.  Mr. Greenwalt holds a bachelor degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit University and a graduate degree in American History from George Mason University.

His first publication, co-authored with Dan Davis, entitled “Bloody Autumn, blody-autumn-coverThe Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864″, part of the Emerging Civil War Series was published by Savas Beatie LLC in November 2013. Mr. Greenwalt’s second book, also co-authored with Dan Davis, entitled “Hurricane From the Heavens,  The Battle of  Cold Harbor”, is due out in June 2014.  He is also a full-time contributor to the blog, Emerging Civil War  (www.emergingcivilwar.com) and has spoken at lecture series and history round tables in numerous states.

Whether you plan on joining us on the bus on April 26th or just want to learn a little more about the first battles of the Overland Campaign as their 150th anniversary approach, plan to come out and hear Phillip Greenwalt.