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Old Baldy 40th Anniversary Luncheon

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.

Reserve your seat and pay for tickets online by clicking here.

If you prefer to download a registration form and mail it in, click here.

Remarkable Tales of the Civil War

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.

Remarkable Tales Poster

Old Baldy Civil War Symposium, October 22, 2016

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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.

Register online.

Or, download the flyer and registration form:

Old Baldy Book Award, 2016

Civil War Book Award to Doreen Rappaport for Abe’s Honest Words

Doreen RappaportOn 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.

Camden C.C. Course: The Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg

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)

Thure de Thulstrup illustration (Wikipedia)

Thure de Thulstrup illustration (Wikipedia)

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.

Upcoming Local Civil War Events, Summer 2015

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
http://www.Hagley.org/event/civil-war-hagley

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

Upcoming Local Civil War Events, Spring 2015

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:  andy.waskie@temple.edu 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   andy.waskie@temple.edu

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.

http://www.lincoln-institute.org/symposia/sym2013/index.htm

April 25-26

26th Annual Neshaminy State Park Civil War Reenactment,  Bensalem, PA

May 16

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

May 17

Civil War Living History Day at Manor College, Jenkintown, PAManor College Civil War Event May 2015

May 23

Memorial Day Service at General Winfield Scott Hancock Tomb

June 13

Old Baldy CWRT Trip to Woodlands Cemetery in West Philadelphia

Brochure and signup form: Woodlands Cemetery Tour Brochure

Trip to Woodlands Cemetery

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

Fall 2014 Lecture Series

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.

Luncheon, January 17, 2015

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
Adelphia Restaurant
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”

More information and registration form: Luncheon January 2015Raffle January 2015

An article about the luncheon is available here: Cavanaugh Luncheon Article

Cavanaugh lunch photos

Sesquicentennial Lecture, June 18, 2014

Sesquicentennial Lecture: David Martin on “1864 As the Turning Point of the Civil War”

David Martin

David Martin

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

Paddy Has Gone for a Soldier

The Gloucester County Historical Society will be presenting Paddy Has Gone for a Soldier on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 7:00 pm in the museum. This unique musical program will be performed by Mike Plunkett, a member of the Libby Prison. The program will consist of songs and stories of Civil War Soldiers, with particular emphasis on the Irish Brigade. Mike has performed this same program at Gettysburg National Park and the National Museum of the Civil Was in Harrisburg, among many other venues.

Admission to the program is $5 per person, members free. Please call the museum ahead to reserve a seat: 856-848-8531. Admission includes an optional tour afterward of the museum’s current exhibit: The Civil War: Echoes of New Jersey’s Finest. The museum is located at 58 N. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Free parking is available on site.

Created Equal

Created Equal: America’s Equal Rights Struggle

A Special program for February, Black History Month 2014

The David Library is partnering with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by presenting Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a month-long program designed to encourage citizens to revisit the history of the civil rights movement, and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge deep racial and cultural divides in the United States of America.

Visit http://www.dlar.org/events.htm

Lincoln Birthday Parade

Annual Lincoln Birthday Celebration Parade and Ceremonies, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sponsored by the Union League of Philadelphia

Civil War military units, civilians, and heritage groups are welcome and encouraged to march in the parade through Philadelphia to Independence Hall to honor President Lincoln on his birthday. Participants will gather in the McMichael Room of the Union League, 140 S. Broad St. by 11am.

Convenient FREE parking available for participants near the Union League prior to 10:30am.

Color Guards, Firing Party, music, and wreaths are appreciated. There will be a complimentary lunch for the participants at 12 noon. After the parade ALL are invited to return to the League via coach for refreshments in the historic Meredith Café. To register: Contact: Dr. Andy Waskie. 215-204-5452; andy.waskie@temple.edu

Meade Society Symposium

16th Annual Meade Society Symposium: “Meade & Grant – The Virginia Campaigns of 1864”

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 12 Noon – 5PM

Conservatory at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA

Featuring noted historians Ralph Peters and Tom Huntington, other speakers, and authors on General Meade and the Civil War, as well as books, prints and raffles. Cost: $40 per person including registration; luncheon & refreshments.

http://www.forever-care.com/contact.php

Contact: Jerry McCormick, 215-848-7753, gedwinmc@msn.com

Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony

Annual Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony, Saturday, February 22, 2014

Corner of 6th & Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, PA at 11 AM

Honoring the great Black civil rights and military leader. Wreath-Laying ceremony. All military units, period civilians, veterans, and heritage groups are encouraged to participate. Colors, wreaths, and music encouraged.

Pennsylvania National Guard Award Ceremony to follow at 1:00pm in the Union League for the Major Catto Medal Awards Ceremony

Temple University Black History Conference

Annual Temple University Black History Conference: Equal Rights, War and Emancipation, Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Civil War & Emancipation Studies at Temple University (CWEST) sponsors the annual Black History Conference at 3:00pm in Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall, on 12th St & Cecil B. Moore Ave on Main Campus of Temple University.

Free & Open to the public. Speakers; books; discussion; displays.

Lincoln Symposium

Abraham Lincoln Institute and Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C. Present the Seventeenth Annual Symposium – March 22, 2014: “The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship”

Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc.

The 2014 Symposium will be held at the National Archives II, College Park, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C.

March 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
8601 Adelphi Rd
Adelphi, Maryland 20783

Registration Opens February 1, 2014.

Presenters Include
• Fred Martin
• Rich Lowry
• John David Smith
• John Fabian Witt
• Joshua Zeitz

Neshaminy Civil War Reenactment

25th Annual Neshaminy Civil War Reenactment, April 5-6, 2014

The Wilderness Campaign – 1864: Living History and Battle Reenactment

Neshaminy State Park, Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Camps open 9AM. Battles at 2:00pm on Saturday and 1:30pm on Sunday

  • Many authentic military and civilian participants are expected
  • Visit both Union and Confederate camps where troops demonstrate military and camp scenes and discuss aspects of Civil War history
  • See troops drilling, mounted cavalry, artillery
  • Living history presentations, period music
  • Sutlers’ tent village selling period items, jewelry, crafts, military items, souvenirs etc.
  • Food vendors plus picnic facilities
  • Parking lots close to all of the action
  • Fun and educational for every member of the family
  • Free Admission and Free Parking!

Near Street Road Exit of I-95
For directions and information about the park: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/neshaminy.aspx

Registration: www.neshaminyreenactment.org

Co-sponsored by: The 28th PA Regiment, First Division, Army of Northern Virginia, The Historical Society of Bensalem Township, The Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library, the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table, Neshaminy State Park, and Waste Management, Inc.

Information: call (267) 968-4809; or e-mail: cdgilson5@comcast.net

 

Memorial Day at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Memorial Day Observed at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Sunday, May 25, 2014

Special Event: Dedication of the Silent Sentry Soldiers’ Home Monument

Recreating Original G.A.R. Decoration Day Service of 1868: The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. Philadelphia on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 12 noon. All are welcome to attend and participate in the ceremony.

Laurel Hill is the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia on this date in 1868.

Special bronze veterans’ markers will be dedicated at the graves of veterans. Speakers, ceremonies and pageant will highlight this special ceremony. Afterwards the entourage will gather at the grave of General Meade, hero of Gettysburg to perform the traditional service to honor all veterans who fell defending the Nation. Wreath-laying, speeches, music and honor guards will enhance the ceremony.

Historical groups, veterans, and citizens are urged to participate. Wreaths, military contingents, color guards, music and period civilians are encouraged to participate.

Refreshments served after the ceremony. Tours of the historic cemetery available.

Co-sponsored by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia; Friends of Laurel Hill; American Legion Post #405; Post #1 Society, Union League; Anna M. Ross Camp #1, Sons of Union Veterans. For information, call: 215-228-8200

General Hancock Fundraiser

Winfield Scott Hancock (Wikipedia)

We’re writing to ask your support in a critical local historical preservation effort. The Old Baldy Civil War Round Table is supporting the Historical Society of Montgomery County in their effort to preserve the General Winfield Scott Hancock Mausoleum at the Montgomery Cemetery in West Norriton, Pennsylvania. The mausoleum is in dire need of granite roof repairs. The Historical Society has budgeted $34,000 for the repairs but contractor quotes require an additional $7,000 to complete the project. We are seeking monetary donations to raise the needed funds and have asked our Vice President, Bob Russo to oversee this endeavor. Please click the Gen Hancock Fundraiser link below for additional details and a donation form. If you have questions about the project you can contact the Historical Society directly at 610-272-0297 or Bob Russo at 856-424-2155.

Gen Hancock Fundraiser