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Renowned Civil War Historian To Speak At Civil War Round Table

January 17, 2013 - Southport, NC - Few Civil War historians can boast credentials like those of the next guest speaker at the Tuesday, February 5th meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table. He is Emory M. Thomas, Regents Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Georgia, a long-time member of the history department faculty, and the author of eight books, primarily concerning the Civil War. The title of his presentation is, "The Dogs of War: The Martial Moment, 1861."

Thomas will delve into the delusions that dominated each side's thinking and their decision to enter the Civil War. In 1861, Americans thought the war would be brief. No one foresaw they would be embarking on our nation's worst calamity, a four-year bloodbath that cost the lives of what is now estimated to be well over six hundred thousand lives. President Lincoln believed most Southerners loved the Union, and would be dragged unwillingly into secession by the planter class. Confederate President Jefferson Davis could not quite believe that Northern resolve would survive the first battle. Both leaders reflected widely held myths. Both lacked military experience to understand what they were in for. These circumstances will set the stage for a most interesting and thought-provoking presentation which will help us understand the misconceptions prior to the start of the war.

The Round Table presentation will highlight facts, incidents and theories excerpted from his most recent book entitled, "The Dogs of War: 1861." In addition, Thomas has authored, "The Confederate Nation: 1861 1865," "Robert E. Lee: A Biography," "Bold Dragoon: The Life of J.E.B. Stuart," and other books which have been widely published, receiving high praise from his critics and peers for his vivid writing and solid research.

The February 5th meeting will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport. Registration begins at 6:30. The guest admission fee for this meeting will be $5 which can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues.

For more information about the Round Table or the meeting, contact Round Table president Wally Rueckel at (910) 253-7382, or wrueckel@questor.com.



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