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Brunswick Civil War Round Table Announces
2011-2012 Guest Speaker List

August 12, 2011 - Southport, NC – Brunswick Civil War Round Table meetings held on the first Tuesday of each month will begin again on September 6th, following a July/August hiatus. Every meeting will feature a prominent historian, author, college professor or Civil War re-enactor speaking on a variety of subjects about the American Civil War. Meetings are always well attended and enjoyed by both Civil War enthusiasts and those simply interested in knowing more about this important period in our history.

"The line-up of quality speakers we have scheduled for this coming year far exceeded my initial expectations," boasted Round Table Director and Program Coordinator Dr. Max R. Williams. He continued, "because we are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, most of our membership dues that we collect are devoted to paying speaker fees and to reimburse travel expenses so we can be certain to schedule renowned Civil War historians from around the country. Attendees really enjoy and benefit from hearing our guest speakers."

Dr. Williams then shared his impressive line-up for the upcoming season. Speaking at the September 6th meeting will be Dr. Stephen R. Wise, author and director of the Parris Island Marine Corps Museum. His topic will be "Blockade and Blockade Running," including its impact on Wilmington. October 4th features Dr. Brian S. Wills, Director of the Kennesaw State University Civil War Center. He will talk on "Nathan Bedford Forrest: The Confederate’s Greatest Cavalryman." November 1st features Charles R. "Bob" Mullauer, frequent Civil War speaker and president of the Baltimore Civil War Round Table. His topic: "Hood in Tennessee: The Battle of Franklin." On December 6th, Col. Black Jack Travis, BCWRT Lifetime Charter Member, author and Civil War re-enactor will speak on "E. Porter Alexander: Rebel Gunner Extraordinaire."

The very popular Ed Bearrs, considered a "National Treasure" by most noted historians, will join the BCWRT again this year on Wednesday, January 11 (instead of the usual Tuesday, January 3rd), speaking on "President Lincoln and Gen. George B. McClellan: A Troubled Partnership." On February 7th, Will Greene, Executive Director, Pamplin Park speaks on "April, 1862: Breakout from Petersburg." The March 6th meeting guest is Marvin Nicholson, a former school administrator and Civil War re-enactor. His topic is "The African-American Experience in the Civil War Era." On April 3rd, William C. "Jack" Davis will join the Round Table. He is a prolific writer on the Civil War, and director of Virginia Tech’s Civil War Institute. His topic is forthcoming. Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr., well known local UNCW history professor and BCWRT Lifetime Charter Member, joins the Round Table on May 1st to speak on "Lt. Cmdr. William B. Cushing, Federal Navy Daredevil." He was instrumental in the capture of Fort Fisher. And, on June 5th, BCWRT director and Lifetime Charter Member, Dr. Max R. Williams will speak on "Southern Dreams and British Realities: When Cotton Wasn’t King."

"Mark your calendars folks; it’s going to be an exciting year at our Round Table meetings for anyone interested in events that took place during the Civil War," boasts Wally Rueckel, BCWRT president. All Brunswick Civil War Round Table meetings are held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street, Southport, across from the Southport Post Office. Registration and refreshments start at 6:30. Admission is free. However, attendees are encouraged to become BCWRT members. Annual dues are $25 for adults and families, and $10 for students.

For more information, contact BCWRT president Wally Rueckel at (910) 253-7382, or wrueckel@questor.com



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