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Upcoming Meetings 2017-18
February 12, 2018
Bruce Venter on "Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864"
5:30 PM Gathering for drinks, 6:00 p.m. Dinner, at Draught 55, 245 East 55th Street, New York, NY
RSVP Joan Masterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 212-532-1566
Our February speaker, Bruce Venter, will give us a
presentation on the controversial February 28 - March 3 Kilpatrick-Dahlgren
Raid on Richmond in 1864, a raid that angered the people of the Confederacy and
probably embarrassed many of the Union's leaders. The title of his
presentation, taken from the title of his 2016 book on the subject,
is "Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864." The
effort began as a cavalry raid by 4000 Union men under General Hugh Judson
Kilpatrick, with the purpose of invading Richmond and freeing the Union
soldiers who were being held prisoner there. Colonel Ulric Dahlgren then
led a detachment of 500 men from this force, who were supposed to enter
Richmond from the south side of the James River as part of a multi-faceted
attack. When many factors combined to keep Dahlgren from being able to make the
river crossing that he desired, he tried instead to enter Richmond from the
West. Again the cards were stacked against him, and he and 90 of his men became
separated from the rest of his command. Dahlgren and many of those 90 men
were then killed in an ambush. It was the papers that were found by a
Confederate soldier on Dahlgren's body that created a huge scandal. They
appeared to be written orders to burn Richmond and to kill Confederate
president Jefferson Davis and his cabinet, effecting a complete decapitation of
the Confederate Government! Dr. Bruce M. Venter is president of America’s
History, LLC, a tour and conference company best known for its annual
conference on the American Revolution. He is the author of The Battle
of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America. Bruce is also 1st
vice president of the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond and
frequently lectures on the Revolutionary War, including at Fort Ticonderoga’s
American Revolution Seminar. He is also known for his character portrayals of
General John Burgoyne and Charles Earl Cornwallis.
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.