Join Old Baldy Civil War Roundtable at Historic Soldiers Weekend, Saturday, September 26, 2020, 9am–5pm. This year’s event is held at the Air Victory Museum in Lumberton, NJ. Members are invited to donate an hour of your time to help share information at our display table.
Ticket sales: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3630769
Registration form is now available: Civil War Navy conference form
A message from John C. Fazio:
Fellow Roundtablers and History Lovers:
This year, as with the last two, I will again be teaching an overview of the Civil War at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York (Causes, Combat, Conclusions and Consequences). The course number is 1420, a description of which you can access on-line by Googling “Chautauqua Institution”, then “2018 Season”, then “Take a Class”, then “Register for Classes”, then “Go to Course Number 1420”. The course consists of three two-hour lectures, complete with hundreds of PowerPoint slides, from 1:00 through 3:00 pm, on August 20, 21 and 22, at the Turner Conference Center. Tuition is quite modest–$85 for the entire course, with a daily rate if one wishes to attend only one or two of the lectures.
Incidentally, it happens, quite by chance and quite fortuitously, that Ken Burns will be speaking on two of the days that I will be lecturing. His program is titled “The Filmmaker as Collaborator: A Conversation With Ken Burns and Friends. His “Friends” are Dayton Duncan, a documentary filmmaker and author, and Geoffrey C. Ward, a scriptwriter and author. Burns’s program will be given on August 20 and 21 at 10:45 am, so one could easily schedule both his program and the Civil War lectures on both days. Burns hardly needs an introduction. He is the creator of numerous made-for-TV historical masterpieces, one of which, of course, is “The Civil War”, which George Will said was the best thing ever to be shown on television.
You can register at three different places on the grounds or, in advance, by using this address: http://chq.org/classes, which will take you to the registration information.
I hope to see some of you there. If you do come, please identify yourself to me.
John C. Fazio
Bob Russo on “Arlington National Cemetery—Garden of Stone”
Bob is presenting for our Community Outreach initiative: 10:30 am, July 2, 2018, at the Katz JCC Community Center, Cherry Hill, NJ. The JCC charges a $5 donation to cover refreshments.
Over many years Bob Russo made numerous trips to Arlington National Cemetery to better understand the history and sites of this National treasure, hallowed ground and final resting place of over 400,000 veterans and their family members. Bob’s presentation, Arlington National Cemetery—Garden of Stone, is the result of much of that work.
To stand at Arlington National Cemetery today it’s easy to look at the rows of tombstones, set in perfect alignment, and view the rolling hills as a Garden of Stone. What you see today involves years of evolution that started long before the Civil War. In fact the narrative of the ground at Arlington goes back to the time of the American Revolution when George Washington’s adopted son purchased the ground where the National Cemetery sits today. Year’s later Robert E. Lee resided here. The guards at today’s Tomb of the Unknowns tie directly to George Washington and his Continental Army. That connection can be seen at Valley Forge National Historical Park. These associations to the past convey an interesting story that spans over 235 years.
Many stones symbolize the story of an American hero, someone who served our Nation either in the military or some other capacity. Beyond the graves are numerous monuments that tell a tale of American courage, some from America’s most heart wrenching and iconic moments. Three of the Marines who raised the flag at Iwo Jima are buried here, President Kennedy, his brothers, two Apollo 1 astronauts, Joe Louis, Audie Murphy and many other well known Americans. Memorials to the Shuttle Challenger Astronauts, the Confederate Monument, the Memorial Amphitheatre, the Nurses Memorial, war memorials and the great dignity of the Tomb of the Unknowns, along with others, will be discussed in this presentation.
Bob Russo is the Vice President of Old Baldy Civil War Round Table and can also be found most Saturday mornings volunteering for the National Park Service at Independence National Historical Park. While there he conducts tours of Independence Hall, Congress Hall and offers interpretation at the Liberty Bell and other sites within the Park. Bob has a vast interest in American history that dates back to his teen years. Bob has been a member of numerous historical organizations over the years that include the Gettysburg Foundation, Surratt Society, Ford’s Theater Society, Civil War Trust, National Constitution Center and others. Bob also received the Certificate of Completion from the Civil War Institute at Manor College in Pennsylvania. In his employment Bob works as the Senior Vice President of a local structural steel and miscellaneous iron fabricator and erector.
This is an often-somber presentation that coincides with the solemn remembrances of Memorial Day. Bob’s hope is that you learn a few things about Arlington National Cemetery that you didn’t know and that this presentation causes you to want to visit or revisit this historic National Cemetery. He further hopes that you will be touched in some way by some of the stories and photos from, Arlington National Cemetery—Garden of Stone.
Now Available on Amazon pay-per-view: A new Civil War Documentary, “Civil War Prisons – An American Tragedy”
This edgy documentary covers one of the saddest and least covered chapters of the war. Check out the review by the Philadelphia Inquirer and the link to the film.
Monday, March 19, 7 p.m. – The Center at Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ
The Confederate prison at Andersonville killed more Union prisoners (13,000) than any battle.
The horrific conditions of the prison and the controversial trial of Captain Henry Wirz will be reviewed in detail. Revenge and the wrath of the North targeted Wirz for the enormous loss of life from starvation, exposure, and disease.
Presented by Old Baldy C.W.R.T. member Joseph F. Wilson, whose ancestor survived the war’s deadliest prison.
2017 Lecture Series at Camden County College — New Jersey in the Civil War
Tuesday evenings at 7 pm. Connector Building, Large Lecture Hall room 105.
September 12: Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi – Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War: The Wives and Daughters of the Brunswick Boys
September 19: Dr. William Carrigan – Traitor State or Jersey Blue? New Jersey and the American Civil War
September 26: Film Screening, presented by Rich Mendoza – Called to Duty: The Civil War Training Camps of New Jersey
October 3: John G. Zinn – The Mutinous Regiment: The 33rd New Jersey in the Civil War
October 10: Gary D. Saretzky – Ere the Shadows Fade: New Jersey’s Civil War Era Photographers
October 17: Film Screening, presented by Robert Baumgartner – The General
The 40th anniversary luncheon celebration will be January 21, 2017, at the Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford, NJ, from 11:30 to 3:30. Charlie Zahm will be doing a presentation and performing. Tickets are $37 each or two for $70. Enjoy a buffet lunch with stories and pictures of 40 years.
After 18 months of hard work, “Remarkable Tales of the Civil War” is set to premiere on Thursday, October 20th, 6:30 p.m. The screening will take place at Camden County College in Civic Hall. Blackwood Campus. Admission is free.
These captivating tales are seldom told stories that fly under the radar. With a seasoned editor, an accomplished musician, a professional narrator, and a capable writer, these stories come to life.
The Old Baldy Civil War Round Table will host a Civil War Symposium on October 22, 2016, from 9-4 in the Civic Hall at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ. The event will include sessions on Civil War Ballooning, New Jersey’s role in providing resources to support the War, a Naval program, Civil War exhibits, and a lunchtime musical performance of Civil War Era songs by the Audubon High School Concert Choir.
Check out our Facebook event page.
Or, download the flyer and registration form:
Civil War Book Award to Doreen Rappaport for Abe’s Honest Words
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, at Camden Community College’s Forum, Room 101, Connector Building, Blackwood, NJ, Doreen Rappaport, award-winning children’s author of fifty-three books, will be presented with the Old Baldy Civil War Round Table inaugural Michael A. Cavanaugh Book Award for her book, Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center of Madison, Wisconsin, the Chicago Public Library, and the New York Public Library voted Abe’s Honest Words voted it one of the best books of the year. It additionally won the prestigious Library of Virginia Whitney and Scott Cardoza Award. Ms. Rappaport will be giving a speech and answering questions after the award ceremony via Skype.
The Old Baldy Civil War Round Table has established the Michael A. Cavanaugh Book Award for an outstanding recent book for younger readers concerning important people or events of the Civil War Era (including the antebellum period and Reconstruction). The Civil War Round Table selected Abraham Lincoln as the topic for the first Michael A. Cavanaugh Book Award. The award is named in honor of one of the Round Table’s founding members.
The public is invited to attend this free event. Children of all ages—but especially those in grades two through six—will be fascinated to hear Ms. Rappaport talk about her book and to answer questions from the audience about her book on Lincoln and other of her books. Copies of Abe’s Honest Words will be available for purchase at the award ceremony.
Old Baldy’s Herb Kaufman will be teaching a course at Camden County College this fall:
The Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg
Camden County College
Rohrer Center, RT. 70 & Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ
September 17 through October 15, 2015 (Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:30)
To Register: www.camdencc.edu/civiccenter (856-227-7200, ext. 4333)
This is a new course designed to explore the Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg, and the creation of the National Battlefield Park. The course will focus on the correspondence, communication, orders, and memoirs of the citizens, soldiers, and politicians of the era. As well as the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg, learn about the Southern viewpoint of the campaign, the response in the North, the biographies and actions of the officers on both sides, controversies of the battle, critical decisions, and lesser known actions that affected the outcome of the battle, cavalry actions and controversies, and the history of the creation of the National Battlefield Park.
This course explores contemporary accounts as well as recent historic analyses of aspects of the battle.
Saturday and Sunday June 27-28, 10am-5pm
Civil War at Hagley weekend: Bruce Tucker and other re-enactors from the USS Lehigh Crew Naval Reenacting Group will provide living history demonstrations and a variety of activities. Discover what life aboard a Union vessel would have been like. Wilmington, DE
$14.00 adults, $10.00 seniors and students, $5.00 children 6-14
Wednesday July 1, 7pm
Jim Sontagata, secretary, CW Forum of Metropolitan NY, “The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War”. Robert E. Lee CWRT at Woodbridge Main Public Library at G. Frederick Plaza, Woodbridge.
July 1, 7pm
Randy Drais, “Exploring the Gettysburg Battlefield: Lesser Known Monuments, Markers, and Stories”. Bucks County CWRT, Doylestown Brough Hall, 57 W. Court Street, Doylestown.
Friday July 3, 2pm
Free lawn concert at Washington’s Headquarters, Morristown. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Music by “The Fife and Drums of the Old Barracks”.
NJ National Guard Museum is open for the summer. The museum tells the history of NJ through the eyes of the military, as well as, an important state and national venue, where governors enjoyed their summers and entertained Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and Amelia Earhart, among others. The display features the only CW cannon mounted on a carriage in any NJ museum, as well as, photographs, uniforms, weapons, equipment, and other artifacts from the 18th through the 21st centuries illustrating the story of NJ’s citizen soldiers from Colonial days to the present, a special NJ at D-Day exhibit and an exterior collection of armored vehicles and aircraft. Located in the historic National Guard Training Center at Camp Drive, Sea Girt Avenue, Sea Girt, NJ
Saturday, February 14, 11 AM – 2 PM
Open House at the Union League Free tours of the historic Civil War era Union League House at 140 S. Broad St. Philadelphia. Call 215-563-6500 for details.
Wednesday, February 18 2 PM
Annual Temple University Black History Conference, Lincoln, Emancipation and the End of the Civil War
Civil War & Emancipation Studies at Temple University (CWEST) sponsor. Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall, 13th St & Cecil B. Moore Ave on Main Campus of Temple University. Speakers; books; discussion; displays. Free. Register: 215-204-5452
Saturday, February 21 10 AM
Annual Major Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony.
6th & Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, PA. Wreath-Laying ceremony. Participants welcomed. PA National Guard Award Ceremony to follow at 12:30pm in the Union League for the Major Catto Medal Award Ceremony. Information: Dr. Andy Waskie 215-204-5452
Saturday, March 21 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Abraham Lincoln Institute, Eighteenth Annual Symposium, The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship
Ford’s Theatre, 511 Tenth Street, Washington, DC. On the program: Terry Alford, Richard Wightman Fox, Martha Hodes, Jonathan White and Dr. Stephen A. Goldman.
26th Annual Neshaminy State Park Civil War Reenactment, Bensalem, PA
Monmouth County Library’s Manalapan Music Muster: The Civil War in Song (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Join us for this very special concert with performances from the Libby Prison Minstrels, Joe Becton, The Susquehanna Travellers, Jed Marum, Helen Beedle, The Irish Volunteers Civil War Band and Steve Ball and Lisa Williams. Hear the stories behind the songs as these talented musician/historians perform the music soldiers heard around the campfires and their families heard at home. Dr. David Martin, historian and author of over 20 books on the Civil War will offer the keynote address on the importance of music in the Civil War. Weather permitting, there will also be an encampment of Civil War re-enactors outside of the library to answer questions about the lives of soldiers during the War. This event is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association and made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council on the Humanities. Contact: 732-431-7220 x7222
Memorial Day Service at General Winfield Scott Hancock Tomb
Old Baldy CWRT Trip to Woodlands Cemetery in West Philadelphia
Brochure and signup form: Woodlands Cemetery Tour Brochure
Old Baldy CWRT Trip to Woodlands Cemetery in West Philadelphia
Location: 4000 Woodland Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to about Noon
Cost: $10.00 Per Person (Cemetery Charge)
Cemetery Tour Guide: James Mundy
Click here for the brochure and sign-up form: Woodlands Cemetery Tour Brochure
Civil War Living History Weekend in Mullica Hill, NJ
The 28th Pennsylvania Historical Association and the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Company C of Philadelphia are presenting a Civil War Living History Weekend on October 11 and 12, 2014. See the attached flyer for details.
Camden County College, Old Baldy Civil War Round Table Fall Lecture Series
Beyond Gettysburg: The Fiery Trial Continues
Despite the Union victory in the Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War dragged on for nearly two more years. This series of lectures will focus on what came after Gettysburg, how the war-weary nation perceived the meaning of that battle, and the means by which President Lincoln sought to bring an end to the War.
The Economics of War: How Financial Decisions North & South Influenced the War’s Outcome
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:00 pm
An informative presentation by Matthew Borowick, Executive Director of the Civil War Library & Research Center in Woodbridge, NJ, and columnist for Civil War News. It is customarily believed that wars are won and lost by the actions of generals and armies. However, those armies cannot fight unless they are properly trained, equipped and fed, and that takes the effective and efficient management of resources. How the North and the South managed their resources provides a fascinating look into why one side succeeded—and the other side failed.
Andersonville Prison: An American Tragedy
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 pm
Presenting is Joseph F. Wilson, a member of the General Meade Society, the Civil War Trust, and the Old Baldy CWRT. Come hear the tragic story of Andersonville Prison, where more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined between February 1864 and April 1865. In those fourteen months 13,000 soldiers perished from disease, starvation and exposure. Joe’s Great-Great-Grandfather, Corporal George Garman, 36th Pa. Volunteers, survived the horrors of Andersonville.
Gettysburg: History and Hype
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:00 pm
A very interesting take by Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin, Temple University Professor of History, and President of the Society for Military History, as to how Americans have come to perceive war and victory. Mistakenly, we understand human conflict simply as a succession of clashes with victory gained by the side that wins the most or biggest ones. This lecture compares Gettysburg with other truly decisive Union victories, and considers our distorted view of what the Civil War was really like—then, and still today.
Grant Comes East – 1864
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:00 pm
Jay Jorgenson, author, history professor, attorney and municipal court judge, takes us from the two major victories in the summer of 1863—Gettysburg in the east and Vicksburg in the west—into the pivotal year of 1864. Despite these key victories, President Lincoln found it increasingly difficult to bring the war to a successful conclusion, and brought Ulysses S. Grant east to take command of all Union forces. Grant implemented a plan to keep intense pressure on all of the Confederate armies in the South, with the clear intention of guiding the Union war effort to a successful outcome.
John Bachelder’s Gettysburg: His Influence Then and Now
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7:00 pm
Steven J. Wright has served as a Park Ranger at Gettysburg, Curator for the Civil War Library & Museum of Philadelphia, and as Special Collections Librarian for the Free Library of Philadelphia. The question that is often asked is why the battle of Gettysburg has received—and continues to receive—the attention it does? Steve offers that it may be largely due to the role that John Bachelder played in the preservation of the battlefield and ultimately the impact that he had on how the battlefield looks today. Much of the way we have come to see the battlefield, and the way that we still study and even talk about the battle, was influenced by Bachelder, as it was he who coined the phrase “copse of trees”, and created the popular term “High Watermark of the Confederacy”. The fields we walk today, the troop movements we study, and the monuments placed upon those hallowed grounds, are not by mere happenstance, but rather a carefully and precisely conceived plan to tell the story of this grandest of struggles to future generations.
Old Baldy Luncheon for Michael Cavanaugh
You are invited to attend a luncheon to recognize and honor Michael Cavanaugh (Round Table Founder, Civil War Scholar, Book Exchange Founder for Civil War News).
January 17, 2015, 11:30–3:30
1750 Clements Bridge Road
Deptford, NJ 08096
There will be a raffle and a presentation by Dr. Randall Miller, Saint Joseph University Professor:
“Armed for Freedom: Black Soldiers and Emancipation”
An article about the luncheon is available here: Cavanaugh Luncheon Article
Sesquicentennial Lecture: David Martin on “1864 As the Turning Point of the Civil War”
The New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee will sponsor a lecture by historian Dr. David Martin at 7:30 p.m., June 18, in the Civic Hall auditorium, Connector Building, at Camden Community College.
Historians have argued for years about when the Civil war reached its turning point. Many say that it was July 1863, when the North won the critical battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Some argue that it was early 1862 (when the South lost its major cities of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans), while others offer fall 1862 (when Southern invasions were turned back at Antietam and Perryville). One noted historian even argues that every campaign and battle was a turning point.
Dr. David Martin sees 1864 as the turning point of the Civil War because of two critical points: the military tide of the war finally shifted fully in the North’s favor, and President Lincoln succeeded in his reelection bid. Dr. Martin will discuss why he believes 1864 was the real turning point of the war, based on analysis of military, political, economic and geographic considerations. Continue reading