Civil War Forum
 Date  Speaker  Topic  Location
  September 17, 2018
 Frank O'Reilly, Historian of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park  2nd Annual Sergeant Charles Schwarz Meeting
 
Villa Mosconi, 69 MacDougal St.
  October 15, 2018
  Carolyn Ivanoff, Educator
 Civil War Medicine
 
Draught 55, 245 East 55th St.
  November 19, 2018
  Gene Dattel, Berkeley Fellow, Yale U
  Reconstruction
 Draught 55, 245 East 55th St.
  December 10, 2018
Jay Jorgensen, Judge and author
 The Wheatfield at Gettysburg
 TBA
  January
  TBA
 
 
  February
 TBA
 
 
  March
 TBA
 
 
  April 15, 2019
   Jackie Eberstein
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain & 10th Anniversary Celebration 
 
Villa Mosconi, 69 MacDougal St.
  May 20, 2019
  Pat Schuber
 Gettysburg
 Draught 55, 245 East 55th St.
 June
TBA














Meetings include dinner.  We gather starting at 5:30 and sit down for dinner and announcements at 6:00. 


The cost for meetings at Draught 55 is $45 for members and $55 for non-members.  The cost for meetings at Villa Mosconi is $50 for members and $55 for non-members.    Please RSVP if you are planning on attending.


To RSVP for a meeting, please see the announcement for that meeting on this page. 


Meetings 2018-19

     October 15, 2018

Carolyn Ivanoff on "Civil War Medicine"


5:30 PM Gathering for drinks, 6:00 p.m. Dinner, at Draught 55, 245 East 55th Street, New York, NY


                        RSVP Lois Glasser at legatbay@yahoo.com, or at 718-631-1597


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Carolyn Ivanoff is a career educator, currently Assistant Principal at Shelton High School in Shelton Connecticut, with over 25 years of experience in public schools. Recognizing her great breath of knowledge of the Civil War, the Civil War Trust named her as Teacher of the Year in 2003, and in 2010 she was one of a panel of eight teachers who wrote the Civil War Trust's national Civil War curriculum. Her list of presentation topics is quite broad, with a strong focus on Civil War topics but with presentations ranging from Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century through the World War II Homefront, and her talks on Elizabeth I, Dolley Madison and an early American Suffragette are delivered as portrayals with Carolyn dressed in impressive period attire. Included in her many talks within the Civil War field, she has several presentation topics focusing on health and medicine during that period. Her talk to us at the October meeting, Civil War Medicine, promises to add much to our knowledge of the real challenges facing the unfortunate combatants, challenges that were all too often far greater, more life-threatening, and in too many cases fatal,  than the actual enemies they faced on the battlefield. 

 


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.