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Brunswick Civil War Round Table Announces 2012-2013 Guest Speakers

August 13, 2012 - Southport, NC - Brunswick Civil War Round Table meetings held on the first Tuesday of each month will begin once again on September 4th following the summer break. Every meeting features a prominent historian, author, college professor or Civil War re-enactor speaking on a variety of subjects about the American Civil War era. 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.

"We have an impressive line-up of renowned historians for this coming season," reports Round Table Director and Program Coordinator Dr. Max R. Williams. "And, because we are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, most of our membership dues and guest fees are devoted to paying speaker fees and travel expenses so we can be assured of scheduling the most popular and knowledgeable Civil War historians from around the country," Williams continued.

Speaking at the Tuesday, September 4th meeting will be popular Civil War speaker, Robert E.L. Krick, battlefield guide, National Park Service historian and widely published author. His topic: “Stuart’s Last Ride: Sheridan’s Raid on Richmond and the Battle of Yellow Tavern.”

Tuesday, October 2nd features devoted historian, living history interpreter and Round Table Director Charen Fink, R.N., presenting in period dress. This will be her second appearance as a most interesting and entertaining guest speaker. Her topic: “Civil War Women at War.”

Tuesday, November 6th: Horace Mewborn, Civil War author whose specialty is the Confederate cavalry in northern Virginia, will also join us once again. He will speak on “Hampton’s Cattle Raid,” one of the strangest actions of the war by the Confederates.

Tuesday, December 4th: Ron Beavers, a native Fairfax, Virginia, resident and dedicated Civil War historian will discuss a most interesting topic entitled, “Civil War Logistics,” where both sides struggled to keep their soldiers fed, clothed and armed.

Wednesday, January 9th: Ed Bearss, a “National Treasure,” who is considered to be among the most knowledgeable Civil War historians in the country returns to the Round Table for the third year. His presentation is entitled, “The Second Day at Gettysburg.” Please note that the inimitable Ed Bearss will inform and charm us on this special date.

Tuesday, February 5th: Emory M. Thomas is Regents Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Georgia and author of eight books. He will speak about “The Dogs of War: The Martial Moment.” He will discuss the pivotal events in Civil War causation.

Tuesday, March 5th: Richard Starnes returns to the Round Table with his entertaining presentation style. He is a dedicated teacher, researcher, author and Dean of Arts & Sciences at Western Carolina University. His presentation will be our first on events after the war: “Reconstruction: The Resurgence of the Rebs.”

Tuesday, April 2nd: Will Greene, popular speaker and Executive Director of Pamplin Historical Park and National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, VA, returns to the Round Table by popular demand, and will discuss “The Overland Campaign,” which resulted in a strategic Union victory despite severe losses.

Tuesday, May 7th: Peter Cozzens is author of sixteen critically acclaimed books on the Civil War and the Indian Wars of the American West. He is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Dept. of State. His presentation is entitled, “The Chickamauga Campaign.” It marked the end of Union defensive action in southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia.

Tuesday, June 4th: The guest speaker and topic will be announced at a later date.

“We are delighted to announce our upcoming speaker schedule of outstanding Civil War historians from around the country. We believe our guest speakers are the reason that our Round Table is now one of, if not THE largest, Civil War Round Table in the country. Our speakers’ varied topics will continue to be interesting and entertaining to everyone, not just Civil War enthusiasts, so we encourage everyone to come see first-hand,” urges Round Table president Wally Rueckel.

All meetings are held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street, Southport, across from the Southport Post Office, unless otherwise announced. Everyone is welcome. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:30. Admission is $5 for visitors which can be applied toward the annual membership dues of $25 for adults and couples. There is no fee for visiting students.

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



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