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Civil War Round Table Meeting A Huge Success

Max Williams, Stephen Wise and Wally Rueckel

September 19, 2011 - Southport, NC - The first meeting of the new meeting season for the Brunswick Civil War Round Table was held on Tuesday, September 6th, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport with a near record audience of 190 people. The guest speaker was Stephen R. Wise, award-winning Civil War historian, writer, editor and guest lecturer. His topic was “The Blockade and the Blockade Runners.” It was a most interesting and informative presentation, especially since the navel blockade had a significant impact on Smithville (now Southport). With its location at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, it was a key entry point for blockade runners trying to reach Wilmington to provide supplies, equipment, etc. for Gen. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Round Table meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, always featuring a renowned guest speaker on various Civil War topics. There is no admission fee. Visitors are invited to become members. Annual dues are $25 for adults and families, and $10 for students. For more information, contact president Wally Rueckel at (910) 253-7382, or email at wrueckel@questor.com.



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