February 2022 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

February 8, 2022

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, February 8, 2022 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:  Ron Kirkwood


We welcome back our good friend Ron Kirkwood as he shares more insights from his book, “Too Much for Human Endurance“: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg.


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Having spoken to us in February 2021 about the importance of this site on the Gettysburg battlefield and told the stories of those who served and suffered here in the capacity of doctor, nurse or wounded soldier, tonight Mr. Kirkwood will explore the strategic importance of the Spangler Farm property and its importance in the Union victory.  Specifically,  Kirkwood argues in “Too Much for Human Endurance” that the George Spangler farm was the most important farm in the Battle of Gettysburg by revealing factors that have been overlooked for generations such as the presence on the farm directly behind the line of the Army of the Potomac Artillery Reserve, ammunition train and V Corps and VI Corps. This allowed for rapid and timely movement of these reserves on the farm’s roads to the fighting all over the line. Powers Hill also was on the Spanglers’ farm and played a key military role and served as the location of Maj. Gen. George Meade’s second headquarters during and after the battle.


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Join us as we uncover more about one of the most important battles of the war and a seldom seem site that played such pivotal role in its outcome.

Attendance is free, but membership is encouraged. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org

Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table 2022 Spring Field Trip

A Guided Tour of Civil War Charles County

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Date:  Saturday, April 16, 2022

This tour provides you with an opportunity to traverse the back roads of Charles County and learn about the places and events that affected so many lives during the Civil War.  We will stop and explore historic locations such as Port Tobacco and Rich Hill.

We will also amble through a few of the famous Civil War cemeteries such as those at the Old Piney Chapel and St. Ignatius Church at Chapel Point.  At times, the bus will stop on the side of the road at the sites of ghost towns like Allen’s Fresh and Newport.  We will also pause along the county’s winding roads to see homes that were occupied by famous personalities like Olivia Floyd, the Confederate spy, and Michael Stone Robertson, the gallant captain who died leading his men into battle.

By the end of the day, you will have experienced a unique opportunity to step back into time and sense what it was like to live in Charles County during the four most turbulent years of our nation’s history.

We will disembark our bus at these points of interest:

  1. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Piney Parish, Waldorf
  2. St. Mary’s Catholic Church:  Bryantown
  3. St. Mary’s Newport Catholic Church, Charlotte Hall
  4. Village of Port Tobacco (also our lunch stop)
  5. St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Chapel Point
  6. Rich Hill, Bel Alton, MD

Port Tobacco Historical Marker

Our Guide:  Garth Bowling, educator, historian and author

Cost:  (bus, lunch and guide) is $50 for Round Table members and $60 for non-members during early bird registration by March 8, 2022 (our monthly meeting date).  Thereafter, the cost is $55 for members and $65 for non-members.

Itinerary:  Saturday, April 16, 2022

  • Depart from Maryland Veterans Museum, Newburg, MD:     9:00am
  • Return to Veteran’s Museum, Newburg, MD                                 5:00pm

To sign up for the tour, or for additional information, contact Ben Sunderland, SOMDCWRT President at 443-975-9142 or via email at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org

website:  https://somdcwrt.org