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Capacity Crowd Attends First
Brunswick Civil War Round Table

Capacity Crowd Attends First Brunswick Civil War Round TableMay 21, 2010 – Southport, North Carolina (NC) - Over 90 people attended this new organization’s first monthly meeting. The audience included Civil War enthusiasts as well as those interested in knowing more about the Civil War. The audience included males and females, young and old, and attendees came from as far away as Ocean Isle Beach, Leland, Bolivia and Supply.

Annual memberships for $25 were offered for both individuals and families, and $10 for students. Over 70% of the attendees signed up. Since this is a not-for-profit organization, all membership proceeds will go primarily toward the expenses incurred to invite the most prominent and renown Civil War history presenters.

This May 4th meeting was held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport. The meeting was chaired by Co-Managing Director Wally Rueckel in the absence of Round Table president Tom O’Donnell who was out of town. Wally’s opening remarks welcomed the capacity crowd, and shared why this new Round Table would be unique relative to other Round Tables around the country. Namely, that a small round table discussion regarding each month’s guest speaker’s subject would be held the following week if there was an interest. Also, for those who are not too knowledgeable but eager to know more about the Civil War could attend periodic Civil War introductory presentations by Round Table Vice President Jim McKee out at the Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site.

Dr. Max Williams, a Round Table Director, then shared some of the preliminary plans for future Round Table meetings, with the idea in mind that all monthly meetings would offer prominent Civil War experts on a variety of war-related subjects, sure to be of interest to all attendees regardless of their Civil War knowledge. He also mentioned that periodic field trips to historic sites are also in the planning stage.

Col. Black Jack Travis PresentsThe featured speaker at this month’s meeting was Col. Black Jack Travis, introduced by his friend and fellow Civil War enthusiast, Jim McKee. Col. Travis is a noted Civil War historian, author and Civil War re-enactor. His whiteboard presentation was on the “Guns of Gettysburg.” It was very interesting and entertaining, and covered a number of subjects on the organization and equipment of artillery units in both the Confederate and Union armies.

Military tactics during the three day battle were also detailed, from Gen. Robert E. Lee and his 80,000 man army’s march to Gettysburg to forage for food, to the placement of Union troops and guns from Culp’s Hill to Little Round Top. It was Col. Travis’ opinion that the Union army carried the battle largely due to their better cannons, gun powder and communications capabilities. Following Col. Travis’ presentation, a lively question and answer session ensued.

Col. Black Jack Travis Receives Lifetime Charter MembershipTo express the Round Table’s appreciation for his excellent presentation, Wally Rueckel presented Col. Travis with a Lifetime Charter Membership. He immediately expressed his appreciation and noted that he will plan on attending future Round Table meetings as a member of the audience.

The next scheduled monthly meeting will also be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 1st at 7pm. The guest speaker will be Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr., Ph.D. He is a well known historian, author, and currently teaches Civil War courses at UNCW. He is a Wilmingtonian, and his presentation will be on the “Confederate Command Structure in the Wilmington Campaign.”

For anyone with questions or interested in knowing more about becoming a member and what is in the planning stage for the Brunswick Civil War Round Table, please contact President Tom O’Donnell at tomkat450sl@yahoo.com, or call 253-3249. Or, Wally Rueckel at wrueckel@questor.com, or call 253-7382.

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