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Civil War Round Table
Renowned Civil War Historian To
Speak At Civil War Round Table
January 17, 2013
- Southport, NC - Few Civil War historians can boast
credentials like those of the next guest speaker at the
Tuesday, February 5th meeting of the
Brunswick Civil War
Round Table. He is Emory M. Thomas, Regents
Professor of History Emeritus at the University of
Georgia, a long-time member of the history department
faculty, and the author of eight books, primarily
concerning the Civil War. The title of his presentation
is, "The Dogs of War: The Martial Moment, 1861."
Thomas will delve into the delusions that dominated each
side's thinking and their decision to enter the Civil
War. In 1861, Americans thought the war would be brief.
No one foresaw they would be embarking on our nation's
worst calamity, a four-year bloodbath that cost the
lives of what is now estimated to be well over six
hundred thousand lives. President Lincoln believed most
Southerners loved the Union, and would be dragged
unwillingly into secession by the planter class.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis could not quite
believe that Northern resolve would survive the first
battle. Both leaders reflected widely held myths. Both
lacked military experience to understand what they were
in for. These circumstances will set the stage for a
most interesting and thought-provoking presentation
which will help us understand the misconceptions prior
to the start of the war.
The Round Table presentation will highlight facts,
incidents and theories excerpted from his most recent
book entitled, "The Dogs of War: 1861." In addition,
Thomas has authored, "The Confederate Nation: 1861 –
1865," "Robert E. Lee: A Biography," "Bold Dragoon: The
Life of J.E.B. Stuart," and other books which have been
widely published, receiving high praise from his critics
and peers for his vivid writing and solid research.
The February 5th meeting will be held at Trinity United
Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport.
Registration begins at 6:30. The guest admission fee for
this meeting will be $5 which can be applied toward the
$25 annual membership dues.
For more information about the Round Table or the
meeting, contact Round Table president Wally Rueckel at
(910) 253-7382, or
Southport, NC Hotel