April 2022 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

April 12 , 2022

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2002 at 7:00pm at The Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway North, Newburg, MD 20664.

Guest Speaker:  Garth Bowling

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The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table invites you to join us as we welcome local historian Garth Bowling, who will speak to us about the Civil in War in Charles County, MD.  Serving as a preview to our field trip on Saturday, April 16, 2022, Garth will present stories and history about many of the sights we will see and introduce us to many of the characters that contributed to the Civil War in our own backyard.

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Garth Bowling is a native Charles Countian who lives in La Plata with his wife Debra.  He has a B.S. in Political Science from Towson University as well as an M.Ed. from Towson.  He earned an Advanced Degree in School Management from Loyola College of Baltimore.  Garth served in the Army National Guard for six years. He was the recipient of the Washington Post Educational Leadership Award from Charles County in 2002 and from St. Mary’s County in 2014.  His professional career spanned 43 years in public education.  He taught for six years, was a vice principal for six years, and served as a principal for 31 years.  Most of his career was in Southern Maryland where he was principal of Piccowaxen M.S., Hanson M.S., McDonough H.S., La Plata H.S., and Chopticon H.S.  After serving as an educator in nine schools in four counties, Garth retired in 2016.

From the time he was a small boy he was interested in the American Civil War.  He was raised on stories told by his great-grandfather who remembered the Civil War.  When he was in 6th grade his class took a trip to Stratford Hall, birthplace of Robert E. Lee.  From that moment on he read and studied all he could about the Civil War. For five years he was a Confederate re-enactor and in 1982 he formed the La Plata Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

He has been a member of the board of directors of the Historical Society of Charles County, the Charles County Heritage Commission, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco, the Surratt Society and the American Legion.

Since his retirement, he has written two books on the Civil War. His first book, Gateway to the Confederacy, Charles County, Maryland, was published in 2019 and has sold 1,000 copies. Garth’s second book, On the Confederate Border, Charles County, Maryland, was released for sale in the fall of 2021.

Garth’s book talks introduce the audience to a variety of personalities who had a powerful impact on Charles County during the Civil War. Stories of cruelty and compassion are told regarding the Union soldiers who occupied the county, the white citizens, the spies, and the black population that was caught up in the whirlwind of war. He delves deeply into the relationships between various segments of the population during those four tumultuous years of the war.

Please come out whether you are are interested in a primer for our field trip, or just interested in learning a little more about the fascinating history of our home.  Attendance is free, but membership is encouraged. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at bsunderland@somdcwrt.org.

January 2022 Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table Meeting

January 11, 2022

The Southern Maryland Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that its next meeting will be held Tuesday, January 11, 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:  Michael J. Mazzeo

We welcome a new year and also welcome Mike Mazzeo from the Friends of Rich Hill as he speaks to us about the Past, Present and Future of Historic Rich Hill.

Located not too far from our meeting location, Historic Rich Hill was built in 1729 by Dr. Gustavus Brown, but played a prominent role during the era of the Civil War.  From Samuel Cox to Thomas Jones, Rich Hill took its place in history following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.  This presentation will include the history of Rich Hill with a focus on the role Samuel Cox and Thomas Jones played in hiding John Wilkes Booth in April 1865, its aftermath, and the current rehabilitation of this historic site.

Michael J. Mazzeo, Jr. is a retired History Teacher from Charles County Public Schools.

He holds an Associate of Arts Degree from the College of Southern Maryland, Bachelor’s Degree from Salisbury State University as well as a Master Degree from Western Maryland College.

He is the Past President of the Historical Society of Charles County, Charles County Heritage Commission, Charles County Tourism Advisory Board and the Thomas Stone Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.

He is the author of The Simmons and Welch Family of Charles County, Maryland; Dr. Gustavus Brown of Rich Hill and his Illustrious Descendants; and Dear Aaron, Dear Sarah.  He was the Illustrations Editor of Pathways to History, Charles County Maryland, 1658-2008 and Research Consultant and Co-Director of The War of 1812 in Charles County’s Backyard:  A Virtual Tour.

Currently, he is a tour guide in the Port Tobacco Historic Village, the Vice-President of the Historical Society of Charles County, Chair of both the Friendship House Foundation and the Friends of Rich Hill and Registrar of the Thomas Stone Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.  In November 2020, he and his daughter, Madelyn, were accepted into the General Society of Mayflower Descendants through lineal descendant of Mayflower Passenger, George Soule.

We encourage you to come out and shake off those post-holiday blahs, while learning about a place with deep ties, not only to the Civil War in Southern Maryland, but to the history of Charles County and the state of Maryland.

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