Calendar of Events
All events take place at the Fort Taber Military Museum unless otherwise noted. Talks are free and open to all.
Sep 24, 2019, 7:00pm
John C. Rodrigue
Meade After Gettysburg
Professor Rodrigue joined Stonehill's faculty in 2007 as the Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Professor. He previously taught at Louisiana State University and was an editor on the Freedmen and Southern Society Project at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in from Emory University, under the direction of Prof. James L. Roark.
His teaching and research interests focus on nineteenth-century United States history, in particular the Civil War and Reconstruction era, slavery and emancipation, the U.S. South, and African-American history.
Prof. Rodrigue has most recently published Lincoln and Reconstruction, a volume in Southern Illinois University Press's Concise Lincoln Library series. He is currently working on a study of the abolition of slavery in the lower Mississippi valley during the Civil War, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. In addition to working on a long-term project on the southern planters after the Civil War, he is also general editor of the college-level textbook, Louisiana: A History, published by Wiley
In 2016-17, Prof. Rodrigue served as president of the Louisiana Historical Association.
Oct 22, 2019, 7:00pm
David A. Kelly Jr.
The capture of Confederate diplomats James Mason and John Slidell from the British ship “Trent”
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.
Nov 19, 2019, 7:00pm
Craig L. Symonds
Lincoln and His Admirals
Professor of History Emeritus, John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research, U. S. Naval War College
Chief Historian U.S.S. Monitor Center at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia
Craig L. Symonds is the Ernest J. King Distinguished Professor of Maritime History at the Naval War College and Professor Emeritus at the U.S Naval Academy, where he taught for thirty years and served as a department chair. He is the author or editor of twenty-nine books, including The Battle of Midway, Operation Neptune and World War II at Sea: A Global History, all published by Oxford University Press. He is a recipient of the Roosevelt Prize, the Lincoln Prize, the Morison Prize and the Dudley W. Knox Medal for Lifetime Achievement.
Dec 10, 2019, 6:00pm
Annual Holiday Dinner
at the Century House
Century House 107 Main Street, Acushnet, MA | Directions
Jan 28, 2020, 7:00pm
The Battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign
Jack is a New Bedford Civil War Round Table Member.
Feb 25, 2020, 7:00pm
Mark is a National Park Service Ranger, and a New Bedford Civil War Round Table Member.
Mar 24, 2020, 7:00pm
Dr. Megan Kate Nelson
The Three-Cornered War: Book Tour
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.
Jun 25, 2019, 6:00pm
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
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
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
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.
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
“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.