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'Union Army Officer Who Retired As Confederate General' is Topic of December 6th Civil War Round Table Meeting

Col. Black Jack TravisNovember 29, 2011 - Southport, NC - E. Porter Alexander was an engineer, an officer in the U.S. Army, a Confederate general during the Civil War, and later a railroad executive, planter and author. Even with this extraordinary lifelong career, Alexander is best known as the officer in charge of the massive artillery bombardment preceding Pickett's Charge on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, conducting a massive two-hour bombardment, perhaps the largest in the war, using between 150 and 170 guns. He is also noted for his early use of signal flags and observation balloon intelligence in combat, and well regarded for his postwar memoirs and analyses of the Civil War.

The Tuesday, December 6th Brunswick Civil War Round Table meeting topic is entitled "Gen. E. Porter Alexander: Rebel Gunner Extraordinaire." The featured guest speaker is Col. Black Jack Travis, an author, historian, popular lecturer, professional Civil War re-enactor and a Lifetime Charter Member of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table. He has authored two books, the latest of which is entitled "Rebel Gunner, Gen. E. Porter Alexander;" completed extensive research on the army of Northern Virginia and its artillery branch; and, has received the prestigious "George MacDonald" award from the National Civil War Artillery Association.

The Round Table meeting will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport, across from the Post Office. Registration begins at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome. There is no admission fee. Visitors are encouraged to join our now over 300 members. Annual dues are $25 for individuals and couples, and $10 for students. As a non-profit organization, most of the dues collected go toward inviting the most renowned and knowledgeable historians covering a variety of subjects relating to the Civil War period to educate and entertain our near-capacity audiences every month.

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



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