Civil War discussion group for the San Francisco Peninsula
Why Should You Be Interested in Civil War History?
The Civil War, what led up to it, and what happened afterwards are central to American history, and how the America we know today came to be.
At each monthly meeting of the Peninsula Civil War Round Table, the San Francisco Peninsula’s round table group, we explore and discuss a wide variety of topics related to Civil War history.
We cordially invite you to join us at lunchtime the third Tuesday of each month, at Harry’s Hofbrau restaurant, 1909 El Camino Real in Redwood City, CA. See the MEETING INFO tab above for a map and directions. Harry’s opens at 11 a.m. for lunch cafeteria style. Meetings in the side room to the left of the entrance begin promptly at 12 noon.
June 20, 2023 — Kristin Patterson on “United States Tax Stamps Used to Raise Funds for the Civil War”
Join us at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City on Tuesday, June 20. Harry’s opens at 11 am for cafeteria style lunch; our meeting will start promptly at 12 noon. See the MEETING INFO menu item for directions. This month’s topic is
Kristin Patterson on “United States Tax Stamps Used to Raise Funds for the Civil War”
The United States Government enacted its first Federal Tax on October 1, 1862, to raise money to support a Civil War that had been going on much longer than President Lincoln had anticipated. This presentation will talk about the different revenue stamps that were created including ones inscribed Agreement, Bank Check, Certificate, Insurance, Mortgage, Playing Cards, Probate of Will, Proprietary, and more, ranging in face value from 1¢ to $200. These stamps are gorgeous pieces of history with many still attached to the item for which they collected the tax.
Kristin Patterson started collecting postage stamps when she was 10. But changed her focus 22 years and started collecting U.S. Civil War tax stamps and documents with revenue stamps. She has been very active in the philatelic community, serving 4 years as President of Sequoia Stamp Club, 17 years as Chair of PENPEX Stamp Show (www.penpex.org), and served on the American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library Boards.
Kristin has authored two books. In 2003, she self published It’s a Wrap! U.S. Revenue Stamps Used on Playing Cards, 1862–1883. This colorfully illustrated book highlights fifteen U.S. Playing Card Manufacturers who used the first U.S. tax stamps. In 2010, she published her second book, WESTPEX – The First 50 Years, about the most successful stamp show in the U.S.
Kristin has also written many articles for philatelic journals, including the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg. This article discusses how the Gettysburg Cemetery came to be and how the States, with volunteers who fought in Gettysburg, funded the effort during the Civil War.
During the presentation, Kristin will have with her some original Civil War documents to show.
Join us at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City on Tuesday, July 18. Harry’s opens at 11 am for cafeteria style lunch; our meeting will start promptly at 12 noon. See the MEETING INFO menu item for directions. This month’s topic is
Nick Marinaro on “The CSS Hunley Part 3 of 3”
In the third of his three part series on the Confederate submarine Hunley, Nick Marinaro will discuss the latest scientific theory about what likely caused the submarine and crew to be sunk and lost until it was recovered and examined in our time.
Nick Marinaro, a Fresno native, has been interested in Civil War history since elementary school. He graduated from Clovis High School and Stanford University. In 2010 Nick retired as Fire Chief after a 38 year career with the Stanford University and City of Palo Alto Fire Depts. Nick has been a Lions Club member and officer for 21 years. He is also on the board of the Palo Alto-Stanford PAST Historical Assn. Nick has been a member of the Peninsula Civil War Round Table for the past 2-1/2 years and serves as the PCWRT treasurer.
General Robert E. Lee’s military career had reached its zenith, and he wanted to bring the war to the North and away from Virginia.
The Union army was aware of Lee’s intention, so they moved North to meet his challenge. This resulted in the largest and bloodiest war ever on U.S. soil. Careful planning was required in order to have enough food, equipment, ammunition, medical supplies, etc. to sustain such a long campaign.
A group discussion is planned after the presentation.
Magnus Akerblom was born in Sweden and immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1957. They lived in Lake County for three years and then moved to San Mateo. After graduating from Burlingame High School, Magnus served three years in the U.S. Army. He attended the College of San Mateo where after taking a class in U.S. history, Magnus developed a life long interest in the Civil War.
One of Magnus’ favorite pastimes is off road wheeling in his Jeep. He belongs to the Esprit De Four club, and conducts a class on how to drive off road.
Magnus has been a member of the Peninsula Civil War Round Table for three years.
Nick Marinaro will present the second of his three-part series on the Confederate submarine the H. L. Hunley, the first underwater vessel to successfully sink a warship, the USS Housatonic. The Hunley was also sunk in the attack, then finally raised in year 2000, thanks largely to generous funding by the adventurer and novelist Clive Cussler. The Hunley has been painstakingly researched and restored ever since, by scientists at the Warren Lasch Center in Charleston South Carolina.
Nick Marinaro, born and raised in Fresno, California, since elementary school has been interested in Civil War history. Nick graduated from Clovis High School and Stanford University. In 2010 he retired as Fire Chief after a 38 year career with the Stanford University and City of Palo Alto Fire Depts. For 21 years Nick has been a Lions Club active member and officer. He also services on the board of the Palo Alto-Stanford PAST Historical Association. Nick has been a member of PCWRT for 2-1/2 years and currently serves as the PCWRT Treasurer.
One of the ugliest events to occur during the Civil War was the Draft Riots that took place in New York City in July 1863. The riots exposed deep rooted racial, political, and ethnic divisions that existed in New York City; these prejudices were fueled by massive numbers of immigrants fleeing Europe to escape famine, political division, and war. The riots were driven by several root causes:
Draft requirements that allowed wealthy white men to avoid the draft
Pervasive racial hatred directed at Negroes
Political corruption and division
Tom’s presentation delves into these root causes, what they caused, and the aftermath of the riots.
Tom Roza has been a student of history for over 60 years. His interest in history in general and the Civil War began with his elementary education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has evolved ever since. As an officer and the Secretary of the South Bay Civil War Roundtable, Tom has made numerous presentations on the topic of the Civil War to both his Roundtable organization and other historical organizations in the Bay Area. Tom is also a published author of the book entitled Windows to the Past: A Virginian’s Experience in the Civil War, which has been accepted by the Library of Congress into its
Jim Rhetta on “Attack and Die, the Cultural Differences on Conflict in the Civil War”
“Attack and Die, the Cultural Differences on Conflict in the Civil War” is based on the book of that title. It covers and identifies the fact that both sides in the Civil War were in one nation but actually from two different cultures. The cultural backgrounds of both sides shaped how both sides viewed the start of the Civil War, conducted combat operations, and resulted in disparate numbers of casualties.
Jim Rhetta retired from Lockheed Corp, and also retired from the USAF Reserve as a Colonel in the Intelligence Community. In both careers he monitored, analyzed and reported on global conflicts and crisis for the DoD Community. His careers required him to write and present Daily Intelligence Briefings, threat assessments, weekly activity reports, and publish classified documents. He continues to study both current events and historical subjects for their impacts on us today.
The Iron Hat Brigade was an infantry brigade in the Army of the Potomac made up of regiments from Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. The term “iron hat” referred to both the distinctive black hats they wore, and to their fighting prowess. They fought in the Second battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, and suffered the highest casualty rates of any Civil War brigade.
Chuck Seekamp first became interested in history in the 8th grade, thanks to a good teacher. He is an active member of the National Civil War Association and the North Bay Civil War Round Table.
Mark Costin on “Confederate Campaign to Invade New Mexico, Battles of Valderde and Glorieta Pass”
The New Mexico campaign of 1862 was the only major Confederate campaign to expand the boarders of the Confederacy. Confederate Brigadier General Henry Hopkins Sibley invaded the northern New Mexico Territory in an attempt to gain control of the Southwest, including the gold fields of Colorado and the ports of California. The talk will cover the campaign with particular attention to the two major battles of the invasion, the Battles of Valderde and Glorieta Pass.
Mark Costin is an engineer living in Sunnyvale, CA, working on functional safety for automated and autonomous vehicles. A long-time history buff, this is Mark’s third presentation the SBCWRT about the war in the Trans-Mississippi. He holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, an M.Eng from McMaster University, and a B.Eng from McGill University.
Every state in America came to be involved in the Civil War. In the years leading up to the Civil War, Wisconsin was strongly abolitionist. Then during the war, Wisconsin men and women made important military and economic contributions that became crucial to the Union winning the war. Tom Roza, a Wisconsin native, will retrace his home state’s history, then describe the part Wisconsin played in the Civil War.
Tom Roza has been a student of history for over 60 years. His interest in history in general and the Civil War began with his elementary education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has evolved ever since. As an officer and the Secretary of the South Bay Civil War Roundtable, Tom has made numerous presentations on the topic of the Civil War to both his Roundtable organization and other historical organizations in the Bay Area. Tom is also a published author of the book entitled Windows to the Past: A Virginian’s Experience in the Civil War, which has been accepted by the Library of Congress into its Catalog; Tom is currently working on a sequel entitled Lost Cause – Justice Found.