Southern MD Civil War Round Table Spring Field Trip

The Booth Escape Tour
Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table
Saturday, May 2, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This year is the sesquicentennial President Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination. Therefore, it is fitting that the third annual Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table tour be the “Booth Escape Tour.”

We will board the bus at CSM’s La Plata Campus and head up to Ford’s Theater, where we will visit the museum and the Peterson House across the street where Lincoln died.

Then we will re-board the bus to see some relevant sites around D.C., including the home of Sec. of State William Seward. Next we will drive down to the Surratt Tavern, where we will be given a tour of the facility and then onto the Mudd House. Along the way, you will dine on a box lunch (included in the price of the tour).

Our next stop takes us over to the Samuel Cox House (Rich Hill) and the pine thicket in Bel Alton. After driving by Pope’s Creek, where Booth pushed off from Maryland, we will head south and drive by Cleydael, the home of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Stewart and then by the Peyton House in Port Royal, and finally to the location of the Garrett Farm, where Booth was killed.

The cost of the tour includes a Keller bus, guided tour, admission to several historic structures, and box lunch. The cost is $60 for members of the Round Table (and their guests). Those paying by or at the March 10 Round Table meeting will only pay $55. The cost for nonmembers is $70.

March 2015 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

March 10, 2015

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 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:  Michael Fitzpatrick

Michael Fitzpatrick

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table welcomes Michael Fitzpatrick as he shares with us the story of “Helen M. Noye – The Young Nurse“.  Helen M. Noye spent almost a full year as a volunteer nurse at the Naval School Hospital in Annapolis, MD.  As one of the youngest nurses to serve during the Civil War, Noye left behind a legacy of letters written to her family in Buffalo, NY, which described her feelings while working in the hospital, as well as her observations of the other nurses she served with, the medical staff and the patients that she treated.  Using these letters and various other sources, Mr. Fitzpatrick will help us see the art of nursing and Civil War Medicine through the eyes of this courageous twenty-three year old nurse.

Michael Fitzpatrick has been active in Civil War Research for over thirty years.  He is a contributing editor for “Military Images” magazine, where he indulges his passion for history and antique photographs.  He has had several articles published in “Civil War Times Illustrated”, “America’s Civil War” and “Naval History” magazines. Mr. Fitzpatrick has also written a novel, “The Letters from Fiddler’s Green” , which combines a modern day mystery with flashbacks to a Civil War adventure/love story.  For the past fifteen years, he has been involved in portraying living history as a volunteer at various State and National Parks as a member of Company E, 20th Maine Infantry re-enactment group. Mr. Fitzpatrick lives in Annapolis, MD and is currently writing a book on the history of Annapolis during the Civil War. It was through his research on Annapolis that he discovered the remarkable story of Helen Noye, a young volunteer nurse.