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Upcoming Events, April 2013

April 13

151st Anniversary of Great Train Chase
New Jersey Hi-Railers Club, Paterson, NJ
Lionel Collectors Club of America
“The General” was built in Paterson.

Gettysburg: History and Hype, a lecture by Dr. Gregory Urwin of Temple University
2-4 PM, Monmouth County Library: 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726

April 20

2013 Virginia Signature Conference
“The American Civil War at Home”
9 am – 4 pm, $25

April 20-21

24th Annual Neshaminy State Park Civil War Reenactment
Bensalem, PA

Upcoming Events, May 2013

May 9

Courtney Lee Malpass, Thesis Presentation Night
Castle at Arcadia University

It is free to the public, and there will probably be some snacks and drinks. Anyone is more than welcome to attend.

May 11

Spirit of the Jersey’s State History Fair

Washington Crossing State Park, 11-5

Upcoming Events, June 2013

June 1

Laurel Hill Cemetery is offering a special program on Saturday, June 1 at 1 PM: “1863, Gettysburg Before and After”, A 150th Anniversary Exhibit Opening, Tours, Lecturer and Dinner. Details are in the link below.

LHC June 1 Gettysburg Program

June 1-2

4th Annual School of Soldier
New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association
Allaire Village in Wall, NJ

June 5, 12, 19: Dr. David Martin on “New Jersey at Gettysburg”

It is probably safe to say that the battle of Gettysburg is the best known battle in American history. The very name calls to mind, not a small town in southern Pennsylvania, but three crucial days in the Civil War. Less well known is the part New Jersey troops played in these three decisive days. New Jersey men did their duty at well known places like the Peach Orchard, Devil’s Den, the Wheatfield, and Cemetery Ridge, and they played a key part in repelling attacks by Confederate Generals George Pickett and Jeb Stuart. To honor and commemorate New Jersey’s service at Gettysburg, the New Jersey Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee is sponsoring a lecture on New Jersey at Gettysburg which will be presented at Camden County College on June 5, Roebling Museum on June 12, and Bergen County College on June 19. Dr. Martin is a well known Civil War historian and author. His works include the seminal study Regimental Strengths and Losses at Gettysburg, the award winning Gettysburg July 1, and most recently, New Jersey at Gettysburg Guidebook, which was published by the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association. More information is available at

June 8

Civil War Day at Manor College. Save the date. More information will follow soon.

June 16

American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly, in Morristown. See the news item for details.

June 22-23, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Roebling Museum
100 Second Avenue
Roebling, NJ 08554

Exhibit Opening: Steadfast Under Fire: Washington A. Roebling, Civil War Engineer

Encampment Weekend: 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

This exhibit explores the role of Washington A. Roebling and other engineers during the Civil War and Gettysburg. A living history encampment of Civil War re-enactors on the Museum’s lawn will showcase a soldier’s life on the battlefield—featuring a historic hydrogen balloon!

Meeting of January 16, 2013

“Show and Tell/Get to Know You” Meeting

The meeting was a Show and Tell/Get to Know You for the new members in our new location. This is part of our education function of spreading the knowledge we have with our fellow members and guests. It is also a way of getting to know more about the Old Baldy Round Table, our members, and prospective members.

January 2013 Newsletter

New Website Format

The Old Baldy website has been redesigned. This new design was created with WordPress blogging software to allow easier maintenance and to add some advanced features, such as the ability to subscribe for updates. The most significant organizational changes:

  • The monthly newsletters are now stored as attachments to the meeting summaries and are available using the ARCHIVE links on the right, below. (There are no meeting summaries prior to April 2010, so the earlier newsletter links are archived under January 2010, January 2009, etc.) All newsletters are also available in the Newsletter category, accessed from the NEWSLETTERS menu tab.
  • The member profiles are now listed underneath the ABOUT US menu tab, above.

Please address comments on the new format to the webmaster, using the ABOUT US/CONTACT US  menu item above.

Meeting of December 5, 2012

Bill Cannon on “A Sword in the Attic: Searching for Thomas Hall”


Bill Cannon

Historian Bill Cannon presented a program that focused on his desire and search to find an ancestor’s participation in the Union Army, his Civil War activities, and life as a soldier. How it all started with finding an old sword. We obtained some insights into searching and finding a history of our ancestors. Continue reading

Meeting of October 17, 2012

Mike Axelrod on “Flags of the Confederacy”

man doing a presentation

Mike Axelrod

Mike Axelrod had a great presentation, “The Flags of the Confederacy.” His program focused on the American roots and iconography of Confederate symbolism in its flags. By showing examples of flags from the independent republics (seceded states before they signed the Confederate Constitution), the three national Confederate flags (with variations), and many, and many regimental flags, Mike gave us a great, interesting, and educational presentation on a part of American history. If you were not there, you missed a great program. Continue reading

Meeting of September 12, 2012

J. D. Petruzzi on “The New Gettysburg Campaign Handbook”

man reading a paper

J.D. Petruzzi

J. D. discussed how he became interested in the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. How his collection of documents and books led to him becoming an accomplished author of many books and articles on Gettysburg. His latest book, The New Gettysburg Campaign Handbook, takes you from early June to the end of July. His friend Steven Stanley did the layout and all the maps. The book is part of a series of Civil War books published by Savas Beatie. J. D.’s new project is working on a television miniseries to be aired in 2013. J. D. gave us an interesting and educational presentation. Continue reading