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Upcoming Meetings 2017-18
December 11, 2017 David Mark Brown on "Johnny Reb and Billy Yank in the Spanish American War"
5:30 PM Gathering for drinks, 6:00 p.m. Dinner Villa Mosconi, 69 MacDougal St in Greenwich Village, New York, NY
RSVP Carmen Delgado at 212-873-1999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
December speaker will be one of our own, a long-time CWFMNY member, David Mark Brown. Born below the Mason-Dixon line,
in the Volunteer State of Tennessee, David received a double degree in Product
Design and Textiles from North Carolina state University. He then parlayed his
initial job in the NYC garment district into an adventurous life that saw him
living in Germany, Italy, London and Madrid, working for most of the world's
most famous sports clothing brands, before returning to the United States. He
is now working on a time-travel satirical novel set during the Battle of
Gettysburg. David's presentation, which will be an interesting blending of two
turbulent periods of our nations history, is titled "Johnny Reb and Billy
Yank in the Spanish American War". David's interest in the Spanish
American war stems from his family history and from a resultant fascination
with the participation of many experienced Civil War veterans in that 1898 war,
in which 125,000 young, eager, green and naïve Spanish-American
War volunteers would encounter junior officers who had begun their careers
battling our Native Americans in America's West after the end of the Civil War
. The isolation of frontier garrisons and small-unit operations had accustomed
these junior officers to act on their own initiative. Thousands of White
volunteers, many of whom had never yet seen an African-American, let alone one
in a military uniform, would encounter our seasoned African-American ‘Buffalo
Soldiers’. These Buffalo Soldiers, the multitudes of young volunteers,
and the junior company officers would be inspired and led by our Civil War
veterans; ancient warriors who were well trained to await orders and follow
them. They were heroic … but, at times, comic and forgetful … leaders,
who nevertheless still remembered full well the costly charges that they had
participated in, against a well-entrenched enemy. David's cast for this
presentation includes a President, a newspaper publisher, a Cuban rebel and a
troupe of iconic Generals.
Timothy Egan and Ronald C. White Win 2017 William H. Seward Awards
The Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York is pleased to announce two
winners of its William H. Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography for
2017: American Ulysses by Ronald C. White and Immortal
Irishman by Timothy Egan. Each winner will receive a full award.
The life of Thomas Francis Meagher -- the subject of Immortal Irishman
-- seems more like an adventure novel than the career of a real person;
but real he was. Sentenced to death for rebellion in Ireland during the Famine,
then transported to Australia, Meagher then escaped to New York City and
subsequently became commander of the Irish Brigade during the Civil War. His
adventures did not end with the War: ahead lay his appointment as Secretary of
the Montana Territory and, finally, his disappearance. All this Timothy Egan
narrates in lively style.
American Ulysses offers a balanced and extremely readable portrait
of U.S. Grant. Without overburdening the reader with detail, it leaves the
reader with a clear understanding of what Grant accomplished during his rise
from obscurity to command of the Armies of the United States and ultimately the
Presidency. Yet at the same time, Ronald White uses detail to make a point --
such as Grant arriving to assume command at Cairo, Illinois, in civilian clothes
and being ignored by everyone at headquarters until he wrote out an order
assuming command and read it to the astonished commanding officer.
The Seward Award is endowed through the generosity of James W. Davis, a
founding member of the Forum. The Award includes an invitation to visit the
Forum in New York City and a $2,000 stipend. Winners are chosen by the Forum's
Seward Award Committee, which comprises Forum members Nathan Burkan, Louis
McElwee, Nancy Newcomb, and Paul Windels, together with Mr. Davis. Past winners
of the Seward Award are listed below.
First Charles K. Schwarz Lecture
September 25, 2017
The Forum is pleased to announce a series of lectures in memory of our beloved colleague, guiding spirit, and founding member Charles K. Schwarz. Charlie died last September at age 87 and is missed by all who knew him. He had a keen mind and an encyclopedic memory, as anyone who talked about baseball, hockey, movies, or politics can attest, and his passion (second only to his family) was the Civil War.
Charlie's family and friends made a generous contribution to the Forum in his memory and many Forum members have added their own memorial contributions. The Forum's Board and Charlie's family have agreed that an appropriate way to use these funds, and one that Charlie would have liked, would be for a series of lectures in Charlie's memory.
We are pleased also to announce that the inaugural Charles K. Schwarz Lecture will be held on September 25, 2017, at Villa Mosconi, 69 MacDougall Street, New York City, with proceedings starting at 6:00 p.m. Our speaker will be Dr. Anthony Waskie of Temple University. Dr. Waskie is especially appropriate as a speaker for this Lecture beyond his expertise on the Civil War because he has devoted a lifetime of effort to advancing the study and understanding of the Civil War in Philadelphia. In addition to serving as co-chair of the Civil War & Emancipation Studies Program at Temple University (where he is also an Assistant Professor of German), he is Vice-President of the Grand Army of the Republic Museum in Philadelphia, President of the General Meade Society, and a Trustee of the Laurel Hill Cemetery. Dr. Waskie is the author of Philadelphia and the Civil War, which was published by History Press in 2011.