Calendar of Events

All events take place at the Fort Taber Military Museum unless otherwise noted. Talks are free and open to all.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

PAST EVENTS:

Dec 6, 2022, 6:00pm

Annual Holiday Dinner

at the Century House

Save the Date

Reservations required. Please order your tickets this month. Tickets are $37 and you are encouraged to bring a guest, or more! You'll find an order form in the November Flagbearer.

Century House 107 Main Street, Acushnet, MA | Directions

Nov 29, 2022, 6:00pm

David A. Kelly Jr.

The Defense of Henry Wirz

Associate Professor, College of Distance Education
Program Manager, Graduate Degree Education
U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
Lt. Cmdr., U.S. Navy, Retired

David’s presentation to the Round Table will focus on the trial defense of Henry Wirz, Commander of the Prisoner of War Camp at Andersonville, Georgia, and the legal team from the law firm Hughes, Denver, and Peck. Would they break new ground and use the “Nuremberg “ defense? This defense is based on the idea that a defendant should not be punished if illegal acts committed were the result of orders received from superiors. David’s research will focus on these issues.

David has been with us before and has the reputation of being thorough and thought provoking. We hope you will consider attending and please bring a friend.

The New Bedford Civil War Round Table is moving to a new and permanent meeting location.

Beginning with the January 2022 meeting, we will meet at the Low Tide Yacht Club. This location is next door to our previous meeting space at the Fort Tabor Military Museum. The Yacht Club room offers us a larger facility, and you will feel comfortably spaced, not jammed together.
Ample, free parking. Directions

Masks are required even if you have both shots and a booster. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.

Oct 25, 2022, 6:00pm

Kevin M. Levin

Before Glory: Robert Gould Shaw and the Second Massachusetts

This presentation will focus on Shaw’s military career prior to taking command of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in 1863.

Kevin has taught history full and part-time at Gann Academy in Waltham. You can find his op-eds in The new York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazines, Civil War Times, and the Civil War Monitor. He has appeared on the Black News Channel, C-Span, NPR, Al-Jazerra, BackStory With the American History Guys, and Vox. He has been a participant in workshops at the National Park Service, Civil War Trust, Organization of American Historians, Ford’s Theater, The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

The New Bedford Civil War Round Table is moving to a new and permanent meeting location.

Beginning with the January 2022 meeting, we will meet at the Low Tide Yacht Club. This location is next door to our previous meeting space at the Fort Tabor Military Museum. The Yacht Club room offers us a larger facility, and you will feel comfortably spaced, not jammed together.
Ample, free parking. Directions

Masks are required even if you have both shots and a booster. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.

Sep 20, 2022, 6:00pm

Dr. Megan Kate Nelson

Saving Yellowstone

Megan Kate Nelson, Ph. D returns to the
New Bedford Civil War Roundtable.

She will introduce her latest book, “Saving Yellowstone”.

Each year nearly four million people visit Yellowstone National Park, but few know the fascinating and complex historical context in which it was established. In late July 1871, the geologist-explorer Ferdinand Hayden led a team of scientists through a narrow canyon into Yellowstone Basin, entering one of the last unmapped places in the country. The survey’s discoveries led to the passage of the Yellowstone Act in 1872, which created the first national park in the world.

Author Megan Kate Nelson examines the larger context of this American moment, illuminating Hayden’s survey as a national project meant to give Americans a sense of achievement and unity in the wake of a destructive civil war.

Saving Yellowstone follows Hayden and two other protagonists in pursuit of their own agendas: Sitting Bull, a Lakota leader who asserted his peoples’ claims to their homelands, and financier Jay Cooke, who wanted to secure his national reputation by building the Northern Pacific Railroad through the Great Northwest. Hayden, Cooke, and Sitting Bull staked their claims to Yellowstone at a critical moment in Reconstruction, when the Grant Administration and the 42nd Congress were testing the reach and the purpose of federal power across the nation.

A narrative of adventure and exploration, Saving Yellowstone is also a story of indigenous resistance, the expansive reach of railroad, photographic, and publishing technologies, and the struggles of Black southerners to bring racial terrorists to justice. It reveals how the early 1870’s were a turning point in the nation’s history, as white Americans ultimately abandoned the higher ideal of equality for all people creating a much more fragile and divided United States.

Megan has a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and a PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa. She has also taught U.S. history and American Studies at Texas Tech University, Cal State Fullerton, Harvard, and Brown. Megan is a recipient of a 2017 NEH Public Scholar Award.

Learn more about Megan on her website, and follow her on Twitter.

The New Bedford Civil War Round Table is moving to a new and permanent meeting location.

Beginning with the January 2022 meeting, we will meet at the Low Tide Yacht Club. This location is next door to our previous meeting space at the Fort Tabor Military Museum. The Yacht Club room offers us a larger facility, and you will feel comfortably spaced, not jammed together.
Ample, free parking. Directions

Masks are required even if you have both shots and a booster. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.

Jun 28, 2022, 6:00pm

Annual Picnic

Annual Picnic and Business Meeting to elect officers, at the Low Tide Yacht Club

  • Please bring a dessert to share with everyone.
  • Cost $15 per person donation at the door.
  • This will be a catered event with hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, pasta salad, corn on the cob, watermelon, and chips.
  • Guests and family are welcome.
  • The Joseph Langlois Book Award recipients will be special guests.
  • Larry Roy will have music for us to enjoy.
  • Peter Rioux will once again conduct a table vs. table Civil War Trivia Pursuit contest.
  • There will be a short business meeting; a vote on a new slate of officers for the 2022-2023 season.

Low Tide Yacht Club, 1000 Rodney French Blvd.
Fort Taber Park, New Bedford

May 28, 2022, 9:00pm

Memorial Day Service

New Bedford Civil War Roundtable
Annual Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service in the Civil War Section of the Cemetery. Keynote speaker is scheduled to be New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell.

Rural Cemetery, 149 Dartmouth St, New Bedford (directions)

 

May 24, 2022, 7:00pm

Jamie Malanowski

Commander Will Cushing, U.S. Navy,
Daredevil Hero of the Civil War

It was October 1864. The confederate ironclad CSS Albermarle had sunk two federal warships and damaged seven others, taking control of the Roanoke River. Twenty-one year old navy lieutenant William Barker Cushing hatched a daring plan: to attack the fearsome warship with a few dozen men in two small wooden boats. What followed, the close-range torpedoing of the Albermarle and Cushing’s harrowing two-day escape downriver is one of the most dramatic individual exploits in American military history.

Theodore Roosevelt said that Cushing “comes next to Farragut on the hero roll of American naval history” but most have never heard of him today.

A thrilling narrative biography, steeped in tactics, weaponry, and battle techniques of the Union Navy, Commander Will Cushing brings to life a compelling but flawed figure. Along with three brothers, including the one that fell at Gettysburg, Cushing served with bravery and heroism. But he was irascible and complicated—a loveable rogue, prideful and impulsive, who none-the-less possessed a genius for combat.

In telling Cushing’s story, Malanowski paints a vivid, memorable portrait of the army official, engineers, and politicians scrambling to win the war.

We are pleased to be a part of Jamie’s New England tour.

The New Bedford Civil War Round Table is moving to a new and permanent meeting location.

Beginning with the January 2022 meeting, we will meet at the Low Tide Yacht Club. This location is next door to our previous meeting space at the Fort Tabor Military Museum. The Yacht Club room offers us a larger facility, and you will feel comfortably spaced, not jammed together.
Ample, free parking. Directions

Masks are required even if you have both shots and a booster. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.

Apr 26, 2022, 7:00pm

David Prentiss

The Art of Generalship:
Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign

The capture of Vicksburg was one of the most difficult military objectives of the Civil War. Grant’s campaign in the spring of 1863 which led to the siege of the city was a masterful example of generalship that at the time was compared to Napoleon’s greatest military achievements. David will examine the intricacies of Grant’s operations and the critical decisions he made which led to the campaign’s success.

David has given several presentations to our Roundtable, usually on the subject of Abraham Lincoln, as he is considered an expert on Lincoln. We look forward to another interesting evening with David.

David teaches part time at UMass Dartmouth in the Political Science Department. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Assumption College, a M.A. in Political Science from Boston College, and a Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law. He is currently the CEO and President of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

The New Bedford Civil War Round Table is moving to a new and permanent meeting location.

Beginning with the January 2022 meeting, we will meet at the Low Tide Yacht Club. This location is next door to our previous meeting space at the Fort Tabor Military Museum. The Yacht Club room offers us a larger facility, and you will feel comfortably spaced, not jammed together.
Ample, free parking. Directions

Masks are required even if you have both shots and a booster. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.

Mar 22, 2022, 7:00pm

Mary Gorman A.K.A. Gary Morgan

Andersonville Raiders

On the evening of July 11, 1864, six men were marched into Andersonville Prison, surrounded by a cordon of guards, the prison commandant, and a Roman Catholic priest. The six men were handed over to a small execution squad, and while 26,000 Union prisoners looked on, the six were hung. The six, part of a larger group known as the Raiders, were killed, not by their Rebel enemies but by their fellow prisoners for the crimes of robbing and assaulting their own comrades.

Mary (Gary) Morgan became interested in Andersonville when a colleague lent her the Civil War letters of Frederic Augustus James, a sailor on the Housatonic who died as a POW at Andersonville, and is believed to be the only sailor at Andersonville to have kept a diary. The only blank James left in his diary was the names of the Raiders who were hanged at Andersonville Prison for robbing and assaulting their fellow prisoners. Morgan tried to remedy that omission to satisfy her own curiosity, only to discover that there were seven names provided but only six men were executed. Trying to figure out who was actually hanged took two years and multiple trips up and down the east coast, and when it was over, there was enough information to write a book, which she did — the first book ever published devoted exclusively to the Andersonville Raiders.

Originally from Brockton, Morgan attended Florida State University and subsequently moved to Western Massachusetts where she currently teaches at Amherst Regional High School. Morgan is the recipient of a 2017 Friends of Andersonville Grant. She returned to Georgia on Veteran's Day Weekend to present her findings at the National Prisoner of War Museum, and she will be returning to Andersonville in July to present a Raiders-themed tour of the prison for the National Park Service on the 155th anniversary of the hanging.

The New Bedford Civil War Round Table is moving to a new and permanent meeting location.

Beginning with the January 2022 meeting, we will meet at the Low Tide Yacht Club. This location is next door to our previous meeting space at the Fort Tabor Military Museum. The Yacht Club room offers us a larger facility, and you will feel comfortably spaced, not jammed together.
Ample, free parking. Directions

Masks are required even if you have both shots and a booster. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.

Feb 22, 2022, 7:00pm

Jack Richer

Battle of Antietam

Jack will be presenting a very interesting program on the Battle of Antietam. Was it a draw? Jack is popular on the Roundtable circuit. He promises to bring us new information gleaned from a recent Antietam symposium .

The New Bedford Civil War Round Table is moving to a new and permanent meeting location.

Beginning with the January 2022 meeting, we will meet at the Low Tide Yacht Club. This location is next door to our previous meeting space at the Fort Tabor Military Museum. The Yacht Club room offers us a larger facility, and you will feel comfortably spaced, not jammed together.
Ample, free parking. Directions

Masks are required even if you have both shots and a booster. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.