Joan Larrabee on “Mary Chesnut and Her Civil War Diary”
Joan, a longtime member of the Roundtable, will base her talk on the Pulitzer prizewinning edition of this famous diary by historian C. Vann Woodward.
Free Civil War media materials, including back issues of Civil War Times Illustrated, will be made available at the meeting.
Come Share Your Civil War Interest With Us
Civil War history interests so many people, for so many reasons. Are you interested in visiting historic sites or battlefield reenactments? Do you have family members who fought in the Civil War? Would you like to tell about your favorite movie, or book? Now’s your chance to share whatever interests you, with others who will be genuinely interested in what you have to say.
At this meeting, there will also be available free Civil War materials, including newspapers, magazines, and presentation materials on such topics as the Battle of Shiloh and Confederate generals.
Abby Eller on “Shoes for Man and Beast During the Civil War”
Learn about how two great 19th century inventor-businessmen made possible the mass production of horseshoes, boots, and shoes for the Union armed forces in the field.
Abby is president of the Peninsula Civil War Round Table, and an enthusiastic amateur history buff.
The January 18 meeting will include a big Civil War book raffle, $2 per raffle ticket. The raffle will be held immediately after the main topic presentation.
Jim Rhetta on “Paying for the Civil War, Part 2”
Jim will continue to compare and contrast the various ways the Federal and Confederate governments financed their war efforts. Jim is longtime president of the South Bay Civil War Round Table.
Jim Rhetta on “Paying for the Civil War”
Abby Eller on “The New Orleans Mint”
No description has been offered for either of these presentations.
Abby Eller on “King Cotton”
Abby will describe how cotton came to be crowned king, and the Civil War came to alter the world economy.
Abby Eller is president of the PCWRT. She has no ancestors who fought in the Civil War, as far as she knows. Growing up in Memphis Tenn, Abby was intrigued by how the Civil War still meant so much to Southerners, a hundred years later. Civil War history includes much more than military history. Abby is fascinated by how the war transformed the course of American history. Throughout America, the war set in motion changes that are with us to this day. So please come join us to find out more!
Magnus Akerblom on “Robert E. Lee”
Magnus Akerblom has remarked: “Most people only look at four years of Robert E Lee’s life. I will present more information than focusing on the Civil War years.”
Magnus is interested in the Civil War as one of the most fascinating parts of US history, shaping our country up to the present day.
Starting anew, now’s a good time to consider adding some new activities to our meetings. For example, having a Question of the Month for discussion, a book raffle, Civil War quiz games, a quick summary of what happened in Civil War history the day of the meeting. You are cordially invited to join us and share your suggestions.
Social and Organizational Meeting, 11:30 am, July 20
We are resuming in-person meetings at Harry’s Hofbrau following a long pandemic shut down.
The Roundtable needs us all to provide ideas and participation to gear up again.
Some of the volunteer opportunities are:
Bringing in outside speakers,
Publicity of our meetings,
Setting up the audio-visual equipment for presentations, and Treasurer.
We are all looking forward to seeing you!
Meeting postponed until further notice.
Tom Roza on “American Revolution vs. The Civil War: Similarities and Differences”
The two most momentous events in the history of the United States of America occurred less than a century apart; the Revolutionary War occurred in 1775-1783 and the Civil War in 1861-1865. An extensive research into the root causes for each of these two conflicts has revealed that there were numerous social, economic, and political similarities—as well as some differences that led to each conflict.
In the 18th Century, because of the vast geographical distance from both England and Europe in general, and the mixing of different ethnic cultures, with each passing day, people living in the Thirteen Colonies were drifting further apart politically, socially, and economically from their European origins. As the 19th Century progressed, the North had become more urban, industrialized, and its citizens were more migrant that produced a philosophy that America was a “Union of States”. Conversely, the South was more rural, agrarian, and its population was more sedentary; generation after generation grew up and lived in the same towns and counties; that produced a philosophy that America was a “Collection of Independent States.”
From a social perspective, for the period leading up to the Revolutionary War, while most of the people living in the thirteen colonies were of English ancestry, cohabitating with other European ethnic groups as well as being in close proximity to Native American Indians produced a vastly different set of values from those living in England and other European countries. Increasingly, the American colonists saw themselves as more independent and were creating a more homogenous society. For the period leading up to the Civil War, American citizens living in the North had retained that homogenous society perspective that resulted in a more inclusive citizenry. American citizens living in the South sociologically had evolved into a more exclusive society that supported slavery and viewed non-Caucasians and those from non-Protestant religions as foreigners.
Tom Roza will discuss the above and more on this interesting subject, which continues to have ramifications for life in these United States to the present day.
Tom Roza has been a student of history for over 60 years. 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” that has been accepted by the Library of Congress into its Catalog, and Tom is currently working on a sequel.
Ken Habeeb on “A Sobering Look at the Union’s Ironclad Warship, and the Battle of Hampton Roads”
After some tentative and daunting test missions, the 172-foot USS Monitor, called the “Yankee Cheese Box on a raft,” or labeled more soberly by some, the “iron coffin,” set sail for Hampton Roads, Virginia, to stop the Confederates’ own ironclad vessel from wreaking havoc on the Union’s fleet of wooden war ships in harbor. Its nemesis was a 263-foot “floating barn roof,” a Northern-built vessel salvaged by the Confederates and re-christened the CSS Virginia.
Although the battle was something of a stand-off, it was viewed by the South as a victory when the somewhat superior Monitor could not finish the job it started. The USS Monitor was a technical feat of engineering, and yet deeply flawed. In what way? And what qualities does the USS Monitor share some fifty years later with the innovative and idiosyncratic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright?
Kenneth Habeeb has written for and edited a number of magazines. He is a fervent U.S. history scholar. He is also program director of the Peninsula Civil War Round Table, and an officer of the California Map Society.