Calendar of Events

All events take place at the Fort Taber Military Museum unless otherwise noted.



Jun 25, 2019, 6:00pm

Annual Picnic

Civil War Round Table Picnic

What should you bring?

  • Please bring a dessert to share with everyone.
  • This will be a catered event, however, we will be asking for a donation to cover the cost of the caterer.
  • Guests and family are welcome.
  • Note the 6:00pm start time.

Location: Low Tide Yacht Club, next door to our usual meeting room.

May 28, 2019, 7:00pm

Mark Dunkelman

Gettysburg's Coster Avenue

Mark’s latest book on the fighting that took place near the end of the first day, July 1, on Coster Avenue.

May 25, 2019, 9:00pm

Annual Memorial Day Service

Civil War Round Table Annual Day of Service

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

Please mark your calendars.

Apr 23, 2019, 7:00pm

Chuck Veit

How the Union Navy prevented World War 1

Chuck Viet returns. This time Chuck will cover how the Union Navy prevented World War 1. What’s that you say? The Union Navy’s successful blockade of the Southern States and rapid build up of war ships gave pause to the Colonial powers of Europe in their contemplation of recognizing the South as a country.

Mar 26, 2019, 7:00pm

Mark Mello

James Henry Gooding: The 54th’s Unsung Hero

Mark Mello is the Park Ranger/Park Historian for the newly created position at the Blackstone Valley National Historical Park. Mark also is a New Bedford Civil War Round Table member and is on our Executive Board. He has been a speaker at our Round Table many times, and always impresses us with his knowledge, enthusiasm, and presentation skills. He is a American Civil War Living Historian. We are fortunate to have Mark’s time and knowledge as a speaker for our March 26th meeting.

Visit his American Civil War Living History facebook page

Feb 26, 2019, 7:00pm

Tom Nester, Ph.D.

U.S. Army’s involvement in suppressing racial violence and terror during reconstruction.

Tom is an Associate Professor in the History Department, Bridgewater State University.

Jan 29, 2019, 7:00pm

David M. Prentiss

The Civil War and the
American Idea of Democracy

David is a long time member of the New Bedford Civil War Round Table and is on our speaker schedule every year. His presentations usually focus on Abraham Lincoln. He is an excellent presenter and we look forward to his insightful comments each year.

David is President of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2008. He is an Adjunct Professor, Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. His bio includes courses in Urban Politics, Civil Liberties, Political Theory, and Constitutional Law. He holds his J.D Law degree from New England Law, Boston, a B.A. in Philosophy from Assumption College, and his Master’s Degree from Boston College.

Nov 13, 2018, 7:00pm

Meghan Kate Nelson

Path of the Dead Man: How the West was Won
– and Lost – during the American Civil War

Meghan Kate returns to GNBCWRT.

She will feature her newest book, Path of the Dead Man: How the West was Won – and Lost – during the American Civil War. Megan was recently honored as a recipient of a 2017 NEH Public Scholar Award.

Oct 23, 2018, 7:00pm

Kate (Ramirez) Taylor

Living Historian

“Beware the People Whistling—the Final Days of Mary Surratt”

Because we anticipate a large turnout in October, our meeting will be moved to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, downtown New Bedford. We thank the NPS for their support.

The New Bedford Civil War Round Table announces the New Bedford appearance of Mrs. Kate Taylor, Living Historian, in the role of Mary Surratt, co-conspirator of the Abraham Lincoln assassination. Was she guilty? Did she deserve to be hanged?

In 1865 Mary Surratt was running a boarding house in Washington D.C. She was put on trial, as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and was the first woman to be executed by the United States government. Kate, as Mary Surratt, fills her final days in Washington D.C., recalling memories of her family, the choices she made throughout the bloody American Civil War, and the man who brought her and her fellow prisoners to ruin, John Wilkes Booth.

Mrs. Taylor is a 2017 graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she earned her degree in History. She is a living historian with interest in 19th Century crimes and assassinations. She is a docent at the Dr. Samuel Mudd House Museum, in Maryland. She also offers guide services to tour groups following the escape trail of John Wilkes Booth, and she will be our guide for the 2019 “5 Days in May” trip as we tour Washington D.C. She was our tour guide for the 2017 “5 Days in May” trip sponsored by The Greater Boston Civil War Round Table. Kate impressed us with her vast Civil War knowledge and captivating presentation.

Download our special edition newsletter about Kate: Special Edition: Kate Taylor (PDF)

This will be Kate’s first New England appearance. You will not want to miss this performance — historical, educational, and thought-provoking. Guilty???

Sep 25, 2018, 7:00pm

Col. Kevin J. Weddle

The Strategic Build-up to the Battle of Antietam

The return of Kevin J. Weddle, Ph. D. U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa., Professor of Military Theory and Strategy

Col. Weddle will also be doing an introduction to his new book on the Revolutionary War Battle of Saratoga on Monday, September 24th, at the Fort Taber Fort Rodman Military Museum to the Historical Society. Plan on attending that presentation also.