New Brunswick Civil War Round Table is Formed

Monthly Meetings to Feature Prominent Civil War Historians

Confederate ArmyApril 11, 2010 – Southport, North Carolina (NC) - A new venue to learn and discuss events surrounding the Civil War is now available to those residing in the greater Brunswick County area. The new Brunswick Civil War Round Table will feature monthly presentations by renown Civil War historians speaking on a variety of subjects and events associated with the war. In addition to monthly meetings, discussion groups and occasional field trips are planned.

The BCWRT’s first meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 4th at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, across from the Southport Post Office. The featured guest speaker will be Col. Black Jack Travis, author, historian and professional Civil War re-enactor. He will be speaking on the guns of Gettysburg, which is the subject of his third soon to be published book titled “THE GUNS OF GETTYSBURG, LEGENDS OF ARTILLARY.”

Then on Tuesday, June 1st, also at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr., PhD will be the guest speaker. Chris is a native Wilmingtonian and an accomplished author, historian, and teaches history at UNCW. His presentation will be on the “Confederacy command structure in the Wilmington Campaign.”

Registration for the May 4th meeting will begin at 6:30pm. Col. Travis’s featured presentation and a question/answer period will take place from 7 to 9pm. The public is invited to attend. The BCWRT will be offering attendees the chance to become members at that time, although it is not required. Annual dues are $25 for individuals and families, $10 for students. No meetings are planned during July and August.

The BCWRT was formed when several Civil War enthusiasts formed a planning committee, and sought the advice of Larry Maisel, historian and current president of the Southport Historical Society; Mary Strickland from the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, Dr. Max Williams, Professor Emeritus of History, Western Carolina University; and, Jim McKee from the Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site.

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