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Brunswick Civil War Round Table
To Hold 1st Anniversary Meeting

Joe A. MobleyApril 27, 2011 - Southport, NC - The Brunswick Civil War Round Table (BCWRT) will hold its 1st anniversary meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, across from the Southport Post Office. Registration begins at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome. There is no admission fee. However, guests are encouraged to join the 277 members of this rapidly growing non-profit organization.

This month’s monthly meeting will feature guest speaker Joe A. Mobley, noted Civil War historian and author. His presentation is entitled, “President Jefferson Davis and Governor Zebulon Vance: Quarrelsome Partners in the Confederate War Effort.” The program will focus on a reinterpretation of Governor Vance’s actions while governor of North Carolina (1862 – 1865). In the Confederacy, Vance was a major proponent of individual rights and local self-government, often putting him at odds with the Confederate government of Jefferson Davis. In addition, Vance was accused of failing to furnish supplies and manpower to the Confederate Army. However, Mobley contends Vance was a sincere nationalist, simply protecting the interests of his state and those 125,000+ native North Carolinians who fought for the Confederacy, which enlisted more troops than any other state.

Much of Mobley’s presentation is based on his book entitled, “War Governor of the South: North Carolina’s Zeb Vance in the Confederacy”. Mobley was in the Publications Section of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History for many years, until retiring to pursue his own research and writings. This month’s topic is particularly timely and appropriate since May 20, 2011 will mark the 150th anniversary of North Carolina’s secession from the Union.

For those attendees wishing to become members of the Round Table, annual dues are $25 for individuals and families, and $10 for students. For more information about the meeting or the Round Table, contact president Wally Rueckel at (910) 253-7382, or wrucekel@questor.com.

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