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:

May 18, 2021, 7:00pm

David T. Dixon

The Lost Gettysburg Address:
Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey

(ZOOM Talk)

David explains how Anderson, a slave owner, ended up sharing the spotlight with Lincoln November 1863.

David Dixon earned his M.A. in History at the University of Massachusetts in 2003. He has been on tour visiting Round Tables from coast-to-coast. As with many of our speakers, it is worthwhile to find him on YouTube and listen to his presentations. In this case David’s talk at the Gettysburg Foundation Sacred Trust Symposium in 2016 is a good start to understanding this interesting piece of history. The Charles Anderson speech was never published and was forgotten for 150 years. David Dixon brings it to life in a most interesting way.


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Jun 22, 2021, 7:00pm

Kate Taylor

as Mary Todd Lincoln

(ZOOM Talk)

Kate Taylor returns as Mary Todd Lincoln

Living historian, Kate Taylor of Mary Surratt fame will return to the New Bedford Civil War Round Table. Most of you remember Kate’s wonderful performance at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park as “Mary Surratt; Guilty, or Not Guilty” as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

This performance is open to all—tell your friends about this great opportunity to become familiar with the New Bedford Civil War Round Table.


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Sep 28, 2021, 7:00pm

James A. Hessler

Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard

(ZOOM Talk)

New speaker addition at The New Bedford Civil War Round Table!

Historian, author, and guide—James A. Hessler will be with us Sept. 28 via Zoom. His topic; Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard.


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PAST EVENTS:

Apr 27, 2021, 7:00pm

Thomas F. Army, Jr.

Engineering Victory

(ZOOM Talk)

Leaders win through logistics. Tom Army’s book, Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War, and presentation will discuss the Union advantage.

Civil War Historian Dr. Thomas F. Army Jr. Ph.D. is an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. He is also known for his YouTube series on the history of the United States.


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Mar 23, 2021, 7:00pm

Mark Mello

Lost Cause Mythology: Do the Victors
Really Write the History?

(ZOOM Talk)

Ever hear the old adage, “History is written by the victors”? Well, if there is any instance in our history that proves that is not always the case, it’s the American Civil War.

In many ways the defeated South shaped the way that many still view this critical moment in our history. Why do we call it a Civil War? Was the outcome of the war as inevitable as people like to think? Why do Americans still romanticize plantation life? Why do we as a nation still glorify those who rebel, or fight the man? In this presentation, we will seek to answer what “Lost Cause Mythology” was and still is, and how it still effects the way that we choose to talk about the Civil War today.

New Bedford Civil War Round Table President

Mark has a M.A. in US History from Providence College, and a B.A. in History from Bridgewater State University. Mark is a life-long historian, with a special love of the American Civil War. He currently works for the National Park Service at Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park as a Park Ranger and a Public Historian. He has taught classes for Massasoit Community College and the Second Half Life-Long Learning Center in Fall River. He is a Civil War Reenactor and has lectured on topics related to the American Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Antebellum Period to numerous groups including Civil War Round Tables, Historical Associations, public libraries, and schools.


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Feb 23, 2021, 7:00pm

Ben Kemp

Grant's Final Days

(ZOOM Talk)

Operations Director, Friends of U.S. Grant Cottage, Mt. McGregor, NY

Join U.S. Grant Cottage Historical Site Operations Manager Ben Kemp as he shares the compelling story of how famed Civil War General and two-term U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant ended up spending his final days in the foothills of New York’s Adirondack Mountains. His story is an inspirational tale of family devotion and a true character study of a man known for his triumph over adversity. Learn how the amazingly preserved cottage atop Mt. McGregor, with the sweeping views of the Hudson Valley and Green Mountains, became a historic site that has welcomed visitors for the last 135 years.

Ben Kemp was born and raised in the Saratoga region of New York. He is a living historian, speaker, and researcher who has been featured on C-Span, PBS, and the 2020 History Channel documentary, Grant. Kemp has been a staff member with the Friends of U.S. Grant Cottage since 2014.


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Jan 26, 2021, 7:00pm

Matt Atkinson

General Robert E. Lee

(ZOOM Talk)

Gettysburg NPS Ranger

We are pleased to welcome Matt as our guest speaker. Matt is from Houston, Mississippi—a little town below Tupelo. Grierson’s raid came through his hometown. Matt is a lifelong fan of the Civil War and he recently scored his dream home—a little log cabin near Gettysburg, Pa. Civil War is his passion but his true love is his three children—Ben (12) and the Ladies … Emma and Aubrey (6). Matt apologizes beforehand for any interruptions.

General Robert E. Lee Q & A

Matt is pleased to join us on Jan 26th, almost on the anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s birthday. He will give some introductory remarks but he’d rather talk about whatever Lee subject you, the audience, wish to talk about. So, like December’s expanded Q & A, whereby we typed into the chat box on Zoom a question and a discussion followed, we will do it again. It seem to be a very successful format. An hour and fifteen minutes went by quickly. Let your friends know that they are welcome to join us!


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Dec 15, 2020, 7:00pm

Troy D. Harman

Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg

(ZOOM Talk)

Expanded Q & A with Troy Harman

Gettysburg Battlefield National Park Ranger,
Author, Historian, and Guide

Troy teaches courses in U.S. and European history at the university level. He has been at the Gettysburg National Military Park for many years and with the National Park Service for over 35 years. Dr. Harman has published two books and numerous articles and presented many televised lectures. Troy guided Al and Dave Smith’s Boston Round Table “Four Days in May” tour several years ago. Troy’s Battlefield Walks and Coffee with a Ranger and other YouTube videos are fun to watch and educational. He delivers thoughtful and challenging material during his lectures. Troy has a passion for teaching.

Troy’s career began as an Interpretive Park Ranger at Appomattox Court House National Military Park in Virginia in 1984. He has held similar posts at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, and at Independence National History Park, Philadelphia. He has been at the Gettysburg National Military Park since 1991. His B.A. Degree is from University of Lynchburg, his M.A. from Shippensburg University, and his Ph. D. from Lehigh University.

This will be a unique Zoom session. While Troy could present on any number of topics, we’ve decided that to-night’s presentation will be an expanded Q & A. This will be especially interesting for those that have walked the Gettysburg Battlefield. As an example. Did Meade order a counteroffensive? Was Lee ill prepared? How was Gettysburg selected as a battlefield site? Was Chamberlain the hero of Gettysburg? Did Sickles disobey orders? Was Meade’s reliance on a council of war wise? Was Longstreet late on the second day? Should Ewell have taken Cemetery Hill on the first day? What would Stonewall have done? Is Greene the real hero of Gettysburg?


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Nov 17, 2020, 7:00pm

Paul R. Prentiss, CM

Damn the Torpedoes!

(ZOOM Talk)

Damn the Torpedoes! Full Steam Ahead.
Admiral David Farragut and the Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864

Paul is a retired Navy Captain, Chief Scientist of a national science and technology company, and currently a Trustee of the Old Baldy Civil War Civil War Round Table, Philadelphia.


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Oct 27, 2020, 7:00pm

David A. Kelly Jr.

The Sultana Tragedy

(ZOOM Talk)

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

Associate professor Kelly is the program manager of NWC's Non-Resident Graduate Degree Program since 2010. He joined the faculty of the College of Distance Education as an associate professor in 2007 working on the Navy’s online professional military education courses. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) where he participated in Non-combatant Evacuation Operations and as a Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer with Third Battalion, Eleventh Marines with whom he took part in Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.


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Sep 22, 2020, 7:00pm

Dr. Megan Kate Nelson

The Three-Cornered War

(ZOOM Talk)

Megan is a writer and historian. Her latest book is The Three-Cornered War. This event will kick off her 2020 book tour.

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.


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Jun 23, 2020, 7:00pm

Summer BBQ

Annual Round Table Summer Celebration

Save the date...

May 26, 2020, 7:00pm

Mary Gorman A.K.A. Gary Morgan

Andersonville Raiders

***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED***

Originally from Brockton, Gary Morgan attended Florida State University and subsequently moved to Western Massachusetts where she currently teaches at Amherst Regional High School. She 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.

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.