Monthly Archives: January 2013

Meeting of February 20, 2013

Roger Arthur on “The Laughing Lincoln: The Wit & Wisdom of Our 16th President”

man standing with a book

Roger Arthur with Lincoln

Can history be fun? You bet! The Forum Room at CCC Blackwood resounded with laughter on the evening of February 20th when Old Baldy guest speaker Roger Arthur regaled us with “The Laughing Lincoln: the Wit and Wisdom of Our 16th President.” A Lincoln scholar, Arthur provided historical context while demonstrating his own mastery of comic timing as he delivered Lincoln’s lines. Our thanks again to Roger Arthur for a presentation that was both educational and highly entertaining. 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!

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