January 2019 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

January 8, 2019

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:00pm at the College of Southern Maryland’s Learning Resource Center Room LR-102, at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata, MD.

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Bradley Gottfried

The new year kicks off with the Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table welcoming back its first past president, Dr. Brad Gottfried, as he discusses a place near and dear to us; Point Lookout!

The Point Lookout Prisoner of War Camp was the largest Northern internment site for Confederate prisoners.  The population topped over 20,000 late in the war and over 50,000 prisoners spent time at the camp.  Located at the tip of St. Mary’s County, the War Department deemed the site to be an ideal mix of proximity to battlefields, isolation, ease of defense, and mild weather.

In this presentation, Brad and Linda Gottfried will describe the origins of the prison and the large hospital (Hammond Hospital) also housed nearby, life and death in the prison, and will touch on the politics surrounding these camps as the war became increasingly intense.

The Gottfrieds will have copies of their new Point Lookout Prisoner of War book for sale.

Dr. Brad Gottfried combines a long and distinguished career of outstanding leadership in higher education with an expertise of the Gettysburg Campaign. After receiving his Ph.D. from Miami University, Brad was a full-time, tenured professor at the college level for eleven years before entering higher education administration. He ultimately served as President/Chief Executive Officer of three colleges (University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, Sussex County Community College, and College of Southern Maryland) for almost 25 years. Gottfried has received a number of national and regional awards and recognitions for his leadership including: the NCMPR National Pacesetter of the Year and Leadership Maryland’s Gold Leadership Award,. Brad retired in 2017 and is devoting his life to the study of the Civil War and the traits of effective leaders.

 

As an historian, Brad has authored twelve books and four additional works are moving through the editorial process. Most of his recent works involved maps studies of Eastern Theater Campaigns and include volumes on First Bull Run, Maryland Campaign, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg Campaign, Bristoe Station/Mine Run, and the Wilderness

 

Please come out and catch up with our friend Brad Gottfried and learn a little more about a part of Southern Maryland’s Civil War history.  Attendance is free, but membership is recommended. For more information, please call 443-975-9142 or email at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org

February 2016 Southern MD Civil War Round Table Meeting

February 9, 2016

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 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:  Dr. Bradley Gottfried

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Join us as we keep it “in the family” this evening!  Round Table President Dr. Brad Gottfried will address us, not only as our President, but also about his latest book, “The Battle of the Wilderness: Disaster in the Thickets“.

 

Because of the thick vegetation that enveloped the armies during the battle of the Wilderness, the May 5 & 6, 1864 fight has been considered one of the most misunderstood and confusing battles of the entire Civil War. Brad Gottfried has spent considerable time studying the battle and walking the battlefield in preparation for his new book, The Maps of the Wilderness. Using many of his full-color maps, Gottfried will explain why the battle occurred here, how it played out, and its persisting legacy. Copies of his new book may be available for sale.

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table invites all to attend this lecture on one of men who saw much of the Civil War from the right hand of the Confederacy’s leading general.  Attendance is free for all, but membership is recommended.  For information, contact the Round Table’s president, Brad Gottfried, at bgottfried@csmd.edu or 301-934-7625.