Meeting of October 15, 2024

Join us at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City on Tuesday, October 15. 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

Magnus Akerblom on “King Cotton”

In honor of our past President of the PCWRT, this month’s presentation is one Abby Eller made before moving to Oregon this fall. It gives great insight into how cotton production would impact the war. Until the beginning of the war the US was the world’s largest producer of cotton, and the staple of the Southern economy. This impact on the Southern economy and its trading partners was greatly affected by the US Civil War.

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’s 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.