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Civil War historian and scholar is guest speaker at
December 3rd Round Table meeting

Richard McMurry, the planned guest speaker for the May 7th meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table, unfortunately was unable to attend at the eleventh hour. Fortunately, Max Williams, Round Table director and Program Chairman took over the meeting to the delight of the audience with his presentation entitled, “Causes of the Civil War.” He received a standing ovation for his impromptu presentation. That was May 7th. Today, the Round Table is pleased to announce that Richard McMurry will join the upcoming Tuesday, December 3rd meeting.

Few Civil War historians can boast credentials like those of Richard McMurry, Ph.D. The title of his presentation is “A Georgian’s View of Sherman.” The meeting will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport.  

Attendees at this meeting will hear one of the most interesting presentations about a crucial period during the Civil War. Based on the topic’s title, one would surmise a Georgian’s attitude toward Sherman was “despicable,” recalling his “scorched earth” policies while conducting “total war” against the Confederate States, capturing Atlanta and marching through Georgia to the sea. However, there were circumstances that revealed neither side was good enough nor bad enough to contribute to a great military victory based on tactical conditions that prevailed in 1864. The scenario is intriguing, and McMurry is one of the most knowledgeable historians to share these facts and theories.

McMurry taught history and was adjunct professor at North Carolina State University. Since 1988, he has been a freelance writer and speaker, and has served as a guide/historian for many groups and organizations. He has authored more than one hundred articles on various facets of the Civil War. He also authored numerous books, receiving honors and awards from such organizations as the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Milwaukee Civil War Round Tables. He is also a member of numerous historical societies, and is active in the Civil War Trust and the Organization of American Historians.

Registration for the Tuesday, December 3rd meeting begins at 6:30pm. The guest admission fee is $5 and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues. For more information about the Round Table, or the meeting, contact Wally Rueckel at (910) 253-7382, or wrueckel@questor.com. The organization’s website is brunswickcivilwarroundtable.com.


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