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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.

Contact: Jerry McCormick, 215-848-7753,

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:


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:


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

Roebling Museum Event, June 22-23

There will be a new exhibit and Civil War history demonstration at the Roebling Museum, “Steadfast under Fire,” in honor of the Gettysburg sesquicentennial, June 22-23, 2013.

Roebling museum

American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly

An exhibit of bronze sculptures is currently on display in the upstairs gallery of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. “American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly” is co-curated by William B. Styple and the Museum’s Curator of Collections Ryan Hyman. This new exhibit explores the work of Irish-American sculptor James E. Kelly (1855-1933). In the decades following the American Civil War, over forty Union Generals visited the New York City studio of Kelly, who was highly respected for his artwork’s historical accuracy. While the war heroes sat, the artist conducted in-depth interviews regarding their wartime service, and heard their very personal stories of Fort Sumter, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Appomattox.  The work resulting from these personal interviews presents a unique perspective on the famous figures and events from the Civil War. Also included in this exhibition are Kelly’s depictions of notable events from the Revolutionary War and well known civilians such as Thomas Edison and Clara Barton. Bas reliefs, busts, engravings and bronze sculptures depict these heroes. The collection of Kelly’s work is on loan from private collectors and can be viewed during touring hours. Continue reading

Changes in March–May Meeting Dates

Old Baldy CWRT meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month. However, because of meeting room conflicts the March and April meetings have been rescheduled a week earlier, and the May meeting a week later:

  • March 13, 2013 — Carol Waskie-Neumann on “Clara Barton (a first-person presentation)”
  • April 10, 2013 — Bruce Sirak on “Governor Olden of New Jersey”
  • May 22, 2013 — Scott Mingus, Sr. on “Jubal Early in the Advance to Gettysburg”
  • June 19, 2013 — Paul Lader, subject to be announced

Upcoming Events, January 2013

January 29 – Tuesday

7 – 8:30 pm – Secrets of the H.L. Hunley, Civil War Submarine
Woodbury Public Library
33 Delaware St.
Woodbury, NJ 08096

Let’s be clear about this: the H.L. Hunley is a Confederate Civil War submarine—CIVIL WAR! That’s impressive. Responsible for sinking the federal ship Housatonic, the sub disappeared for over 130 years before best-selling author Clive Cussler’s National Underwater Marine Agency re-discovered it in 1995. Raised in 2000, today it has a home with The Friends of the Hunley, who continue to uncover the secrets of the ship. Have we piqued your interest? Then join us to learn from Hunley expert Bill Jenkins about this incredible tale.

Upcoming Events, February 2013

February 6 – Wednesday

3:00 pm – Annual Black History Symposium at Temple University

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. Free & Open to the public. Speakers; books; Discussion – “The Birth of the Unites States Colored Troops (USCT) at the Sesquicentennial”

To register: (215-204-5452)

February 9 – Saturday

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Open House at the Union League of Philadelphia

Free tours of the historic Civil War era Union League House at 140 S. Broad St. Philadelphia.

Call 215-563-6500 for details.

February 12 – Tuesday

11:00 am – Annual Lincoln Birthday Celebration Parade and Ceremonies, 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. Convenient FREE parking available for participants near the Union League prior to 11am.

Color Guards, Firing Party, music, and wreaths are appreciated. 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 –

February 17 – Sunday

12:00 noon – 5:00 pm – 15th Annual Meade Society Symposium, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA

To be held in the Conservatory, at the Chapel at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, the topic of this year’s symposium is “Meade’s Campaigns of 1863 – From Gettysburg to the Rapidan”, featuring noted historian Ed Bearss, other speakers and authors. Books, prints, and raffles. $30 per person, including registration, luncheon, and refreshments.

To reserve or for additional information, contact Jerry McCormick,

February 23 – Saturday

11:00 am – Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony, 6th & Lombard Streets, Philadelphia

Co-sponsored by the Catto Society, the Gen. Meade Society will honor the great black Civil Rights and military leader, O.V. Catto with a wreath laying ceremony. All military units, period civilians, veterans and heritage groups are encouraged to participate. Colors, wreaths, and music encouraged.

For information, contact Dr. Andy Waskie at 215-204-5452 or

February 28 – Thursday

6 pm – Lincoln Group of New York
3 West Club
Tony Kushner, screenwriter, Lincoln
Harold Holzer

Upcoming Events, March 2013

March 17

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

March 21

La Salle University presents Doris Kearns Goodwin, “The Civil War and Philadelphia”
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Tom Gola Arena, Hayman Center

March 23

Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium 2013, 9 am – 6 pm
“The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship”
National Archives II
Adelphia, MD

March 23

Grand Army Museum Preservation Luncheon, 11 am
Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd. Philadelphia.
Cost: $40 per person, $75 per couple.

Choice of Beef, Chicken, or Salmon

11am open for book browsing, and signings
12 noon cocktails
1pm luncheon
2pm presentation: “Myths of the Battle of Gettysburg” by noted historian: LTC Ralph Peters. Presentation of the ‘Grand Army Award’ for preservation efforts. Fundraiser raffle of prints; door prizes; books; sutlers; entertainment; fun!

To reserve contact: or call 215-289-6484
Deadline to reserve: March 16, 2013

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!

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.