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Logistics and The Railroads To Be Discussed At December Brunswick Civil War Round Table Meeting

Ron BeaversNovember 19, 2012 - Southport, NC – One of the lesser known and most interesting subjects about the Civil War focuses on how both sides used logistics and the railroads throughout the Civil War. The Confederacy, on paper the 4th largest country in the world, lost its natural advantages and failed to support its armies because of mismanagement and the lack of central control and long term planning. The Union, on the other hand, skillfully mastered the art of logistics thereby increasing its war capabilities. Importantly, both sides were heavily dependent on their use of the railroads to support armies tactically as well as logistically. Both sides experienced successes and failures relating to expansion, gauge differences, connectivity and strategic route issues and enemy derailments.

Presenting at the Tuesday, December 4th meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table will be special guest speaker Ron Beavers. The title of his presentation is "Civil War Logistics." He is a seventh generation Virginian, and popular Civil War historian, re-enactor, speaker, and docent and twelve year Board Director at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. He is active in preservation efforts, and is a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Friends of Fort Ward, the Friends of Gettysburg National Park, the John S. Mosby Foundation, the Montpelier Foundation, and Friend of the Mt. Vernon Ladies Association.

The Tuesday, December 4th meeting will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport, across from the Post Office. Registration begins at 6:30. Everyone is welcome. The guest admission fee is $5 which can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues. The Round Table is a non-profit organization which encourages attendees to join since most of the revenue collected goes toward inviting the most renowned and knowledgeable speakers covering a variety of Civil War-related subjects in addition to battles, armament and personnel. This meeting is a good example.

For more information about the meeting, or the Round Table’s activities and member benefits, contact president Wally Rueckel at (910) 253-7382, or email wrueckel@questor.com.



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