2024-25 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Speaker Schedule

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce its 2024-25 speaker schedule! All meetings will be held at the Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 North Crain Highway, Newburg, MD. Start time is 7:00pm.

September 10, 2024:  Kevin Pawlak – “John Brown’s Raid:  Harpers Ferry and the coming of the Civil War, October 16-18,1859”

October 8, 2024:  Alex Rossino – Calamity at Frederick

November 12, 2024:  Matt Borders – Roger Brooke Taney:  Beyond Dred Scott

December 10, 2024:  Eddie Roberts – A Civilian Army and the Unwilling Participants

January 14, 2025:  Bob Crickenburger – William Hoffman:  Saint or Sinner?

February 11, 2025:  Steven Cowie – “When Hell came to Sharpsburg”

March 11, 2025:  Brad Gottfried – Seeing Antietam – The Paintings of Captain James Hope

April 8, 2025:  Sarah Kay Bierle – Battle of New Market

May 13. 2025:  Lisa Samia – John Wilkes Booth and his sister Asia Booth:  A Special Relationship

We look forward to welcoming all of these fine people to speak to us and to welcoming all of you to hear their presentations. Detailed descriptions about each speaker and their topics to be posted in the coming months. Attendance is free to all, but membership is encouraged For more information about the Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table or to learn how to join, please reach out at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org!

 

May 2024 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

May 14, 2024

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 7:00pm at The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664.

Guest Speaker:  Chris Mackowski

As we conclude season 12 of the Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table, we welcome back Chris Mackowski.  Those who remember his discussion of “Grant’s Last Battle: The Story Behind the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” will certainly enjoy tonight’s presentation, “Strike Them a Blow: Battle Along the North Anna River“.

Mr. Mackowski will describe for us the most overlooked segment of the Overland Campaign, which also represented some of the best chances both generals had for destroying each other’s armies—but the war of attrition had taken a personal toll on the commanders, peppering the North Anna River with lost opportunities.

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

April 2024 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

April 9, 2024

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 7:00pm at The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664.

Guest Speaker:  Jonathan Beasley

For our next to last meeting of year 12, we welcome Round Table member Jonathan Beasley, as he speaks to us about the Civil War in Maryland.

Jonathan will not introduce us to the some of the notable people involved n the Civil War from Maryland, but will also provide insight into the State of Maryland’s role in the Civil War, from both the Northern and Southern perspective.

It should be an interesting evening listening to stories about the Old Line State and its involvement in the Civil War.  Attendance is free, but membership is encouraged, to allow us to continue attracting speakers on the subject we so dearly love. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org.

March 2024 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

March 12, 2024

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 7:00pm at The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664.

Guest Speaker:  Ronald Coddington

Civil War Portrait Photography: Reflections of a Generation

The first collectors of Civil War photos were those who lived during the four-year struggle. As the years ticked by and they passed from the scene, their likeness were handed down through the generations. Some remained with families. Others landed in antique shops. Many were lost to the elements or tossed into trash heaps. During the war’s centennial, a new generation rediscovered these intimate artifacts. Today, a vibrant community of collectors are caretakers of these portraits. In this talk, Ron answers key questions: Why do these images exist? What were the popular formats? Why did they pose this way? How did the war impact portrait photography in the North and South?

Ronald S. Coddington is Editor and Publisher of Military Images, a quarterly magazine that showcases, interprets and preserves Civil War portrait photography. He is the author of the five volume series Faces of the Civil War published by Johns Hopkins University Press. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Civil War Monitor, Civil War Times, Civil War News, and elsewhere. His latest book is Gettysburg Faces: Portraits and Personal Accounts (Gettysburg Publishing).

We welcome all to join us for a different look at Civil War Photography.  Attendance is free, but membership is encouraged. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org.

February 2024 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

February 2024 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

February 13, 2023

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, February 13, 2023 at 7:00pm at The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664.

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Bradley Gottfried

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table will present a unique program that visualizes the Battle of Antietam by closely examining the panoramic Antietam paintings of Capt. James Hope.

Hope was a landscape painter who helped organize and then command a company in the 2nd Vermont Infantry. The regiment was positioned on the Antietam battlefield in a reserve role. Although Capt. Hope saw action on many battlefields, Antietam haunted him. After a trip to the battlefield to attend a reunion in the 1880’s, Hope returned to his studio and created five panoramic paintings of the battle.

Bradley and Linda Gottfried have studied these paintings and created a book of them. In this presentation, they will review the action at Antietam using Hope’s paintings. Their approach of zooming in on each painting shows unique aspects of the battle.

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

2024 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Spring Field Trip

The Past is Waiting for You!

Join the Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table for its Annual Spring Field Trip, departing from the Maryland Veteran’s Museum, 11000 Crain Highway, Newburg, MD on April 27th, 2024.  This year’s destination: Richmond, VA, where we will visit the American Civil War Museum, Brown’s Island and The White House of the Confederacy.

The Details:

Date:  Saturday, April 27th, 2024

Departure:  8AM from the Maryland Veteran’s Museum, 11000 Crain Highway Newburg, MD .  Return time is 5pm.

Pricing:  $85 for members/$95 for non-members.

What’s Included:  Bus Transportation to and from Richmond, Entry fees to the museums and lunch.

Be sure to sign up for all of the fun.  Looking forward to seeing you and enjoying another fun filled of Civil War learning.  For any questions, please call 443-975-9142.

 

January 2024 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

January 9, 2024

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 7:00pm at The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664.

Guest Speaker:  YOU!!!

That’s right!  Back again for a 3rd year, tonight we engage in a fast growing tradition of Questions and Answers from you, the members of the Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table.

Come out and ask your questions or find some answers to topics that have always interested you, concerned you or perplexed you.  The floor is yours.

Attendance is free, but membership is encouraged, to allow us to continue attracting speakers on the subject we so dearly love. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org.

 

December 2023 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

December 12, 2023

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 7:00pm at The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664.

Guest Speaker:  James Brewster

Tonight we look at the experiences of a Confederate Civil War Soldier during the Civil War, as James Brewster presents the story of his ancestor, John Henry Cammack in Personal Recollections of Private John Henry Cammack; A Soldier of the Confederacy 1861-1865.

On May 15, 1861, 16-year-old John Henry Cammack and his 20-year-old brother, Lucius Cammack, enlisted in the 10th Virginia Volunteers and joined the American Civil War as combatants in the Confederate States Army.  For the next four years as a soldier, he marched from Grafton, WV to Richmond, VA and back pursuing and being pursued by the United States Army.  His army life was characterized by a constant struggle to survive, either in battle or to keep himself fed and clothed. He saw great bravery and great cowardice in officers and enlisted alike. When paroled he was 350 miles from his home in Harrison County, WV and had to walk that distance to resume farming life with his father and marry his fiancé, Mary Jane Fox.  After the war he and Mary Jane distinguished themselves as leading citizens of Huntington, WV

John Henry’s great, great, grandson, James Burd Brewster, has republished John Henry’s personal accounts of fighting in the civil  war, Personal Recollections of Private John Henry Cammack – A soldier of the Confederacy 1861-1865, as well as captured John Henrry’s legacy as a leading citizen of Huntington, WV.  His presentation will focus on the life of a typical Confederate Soldier as revealed by John Henty Cammack.

James Burd Brewster was raised in New England, learned to sail on Lake Champlain, navigated a polar icebreaker to Alaska, and served a career in the United States Coast Guard. Currently, he is president of J2B Publishing, and author of the “Glad to do it!” series of children’s picture books (www.gladtodoit.net).

Jim is descended from three significant American families; William Brewster of the Mayflower on his father’s side and Col James Burd of Pennsylvania (French and Indian War) and Private John Henry Cammack of Huntington, WV (Civil War) both on his mother’s side.

His publishing career began in 2013 when he learned how the publishing industry had become accessible to start-ups.  Ten years later, Jim has written and published over 25 books of his own as well as the works of more than 70 other new authors (www.J2BLLC.com).

We look forward to welcoming Mr. Brewster and encourage everyone to join us.  Attendance is free, but membership is encouraged.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org.

 

November 2023 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

November 14, 2023

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 7:00pm at The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664.

Guest Speaker:  Gary Dyson

It is always great to welcome back friends of the Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table and tonight we bring back another.  Gary Dyson joins us for his latest presentation, “Beyond the Bowie List“.

Having spoken to us previously about his books A Civil War Correspondent in New Orleans, The ambush of the Issac P. Smith, and Confederate Row, Beyond the Bowie List tells the stories of the named Confederate dead buried in Maryland following the Maryland Campaign of 1862, Lee’s retreat from Gettysburg in 1863, and Early’s Invasion of Maryland in July 1864. Forbidden to be buried at Antietam National Cemetery in Sharpsburg, these soldiers were eventually buried at Washington Confederate Cemetery at Rose Hill cemetery in Hagerstown. A description of the Bowie List and the post-war reburials as well as the stories of the soldiers (their genealogy, battle history, and extent of their wounds where possible) in Hagerstown and other sites are described.

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 is the author of The Ambush of the Isaac P. Smith, A Civil War Correspondent in New Orleans, Confederate Row, Beyond the Bowie List, and The Rebels of Frederick County, as well as the History of Calvary United Methodist Church in Frederick and Mount Airy.  He is a board member for the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable and performs voluntary research for Mount Olivet Cemetery. He has a BS in Natural Resources from Oregon State University. Gary lives in Mount Airy, MD with his wife Emily, and they are finally “empty-nesters,” and just became grandparents.

Attendance is free, but membership is encouraged, to allow us to continue attracting speakers on the subject we so dearly love.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org.

October 2023 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

October 10, 2023

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 7:00pm at The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664.

Guest Speaker:  William Connery

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to welcome back Mr. William Connery to speak to us.  Those who enjoyed his lectures on the Civil War in Northern Virginia and Rebel Raiders on the High Seas, will certainly be enthralled with his topic tonight; Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia.

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The most famous War Between the States/Civil War name in Northern Virginia, other than General Robert E. Lee, is Colonel John Singleton Mosby, the Gray Ghost.  He stands out among nearly 1,000 generals who served in the war, celebrated most for his raids that captured Union General Edwin Stoughton in Fairfax Court House and Colonel Daniel French Dulany in Rose Hill, near Alexandria.  By 1864 Mosby was a feared partisan guerrilla in the North and a hero in the South; a nightmare for Union troops protectng Washington City.  After the war, his support for presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant forced Mosby to leave his native Virginia for Hong Kong as U.S. consul.  A personal mentor to young George S. Patton, Mosby’s military legacy extended to World War II.  Tonight, William Connery will bring alive the many dimensions of this American hero.

William Connery grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, considered Rebel Territory by some and known as Mob Town, long before it was Charm City. Mr. Connery has a degree in History from the University of Maryland–College Park and have lived in the Bush Hill section of Fairfax County, near Old Town Alexandria, since 1989. William has been contributing to the Civil War Courier and other publications. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for his previous History Press book, Civil War Northern Virginia 1861.

William Connery is a member of the Company of Military Historians and a frequently requested speaker in the Washington, DC, metro area.

He can be reached at william.connery@verizon.net. He presents for us here an interview on my book originally given on ‘Virginia Time Travel’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYyphgO0WKo

Please come out and help us welcome back a great friend of the Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table.  As always, attendance is free, but membership is encouraged. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org