Volume 28, No. 4 – April 2015
Volume 28, No. 4
Thank you to everyone who opened their Haversacks and Saddlebags to pay their annual dues. With your generous support the Round Table campfire will keep burning. Dues can be paid at the meeting or mailed to Stephen Seftenberg, 2765 White Wing Lane, West Palm Beach, FL33409. On behalf of the Round Table I would like to thank Monroe Ackerman for sharing his very special gift with the membership. Monroe brews the coffee and brings all the accoutrements to each meeting. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Gerridine La Rovere, President
As noted below, Steve, our indefatigable editor has completed this issue under severe and trying medical conditions. If anyone would like to try their hand at taking notes during our meetings I would be glad to continue to post same to our website. I get requests all the time from people around the world wishing to cite our speakers. Our little organization is one of the best online references when it comes to CWRT.
If your address label is in italics this means that, according to our records (which can be wrong), you have not paid your dues for calendar 2015. If we are correct, your subscription will stop with this (April 2015) issue, unless you pay me at the April meeting or mail me a check that I get before April 30, 2015. If you think we are wrong, it is easy to show me an entry in your checkbook or a copy of a cancelled check. None of us enjoy having to nag Members to pay their dues, but without them the presses will stop rolling!
April 8, 2015 Meeting
The speaker will be Stephen Singer. His topic will be "The Southern Guerrillas--Quantrill, Bloody Bill Anderson, and the James Brothers."
March 11, 2015 Meeting
Robert O’Neill’s talk was on Jeb Stuart’s Christmas Raid of December 1862 and is drawn from his 2012 book, Chasing Jeb Stuart and John Mosby, The Union Cavalry in Northern Virginia from Second Manassas to Gettysburg. Stuart’s earlier raids in June and October 1862 had humiliated Gen. George McClellan and his Army of the Potomac. On his Christmas Raid he would encounter the troops assigned to the Defenses of Washington, rather than the Army of the Potomac. Stuart would not enjoy the success of his earlier raids, but his audacity nonetheless left a lasting mark on the Union psyche. Bob will discuss both the raid and the most important, but largely unrecognized, result. Bob also published Small But Important Riots, The Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville in 1993, has published many articles in Blue & Grey, North & South and Gettysburg Magazine and has guided numerous tours of the cavalry battlefields in the Louden Valley, Virginia.
Editor’s mea culpa: There will be no full report on this wonderful talk (1) because the speaker did not have a text, (2) because your Editor was not feeling well and made poor notes and (3) because since then he has visited West Palm Beach Hospital twice for a viral stomach problem that caused severe diarrhea and dehydration, which still leaves him shaky.
Medical note relative to the Civil War: Diarrhea and dysentery alone took the lives of 44,558 Union soldiers!
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