Calendar of Events

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


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

Tickets available now. View and download the reservation form.

Century House 107 Main Street, Acushnet, MA | Directions

Jan 28, 2020, 7:00pm

Jack Richer

The Battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign

Jack is one of our newest members and we are fortunate to have him active with our Round Table. He is also a member of the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table and has spoken at several Round Table and Historical organizations.

Jack retired as Principal of Charles E. Shea Senior High School after a 33-year career with the Pawtucket School Department.

Feb 25, 2020, 7:00pm

Mark Mello

Abolitionists, Pacifists, and the Dilemma of the American Civil War in Hopedale, MA.

It is 1861 and the American Civil War has just begun. You are a worker in Hopedale, Massachusetts working for the Draper Company. Your community is torn. Many community members are “non-resisters” or pacifists. These same people are also abolitionists. What do you do? This presentation will take a close look at the difficult decision that many in the Hopedale community faced. Go to war and fight for the abolitionist’s cause that you strongly believe, or do you remain a “Non-resistor,” even if that means you face possible punishment for avoided conscription in the Union Army. Find out how those in Hopedale during the American Civil War responded to this dilemma which tore many in the community apart.

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.

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.

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


Oct 22, 2019, 7:00pm

David A. Kelly Jr.

The capture of Confederate diplomats James Mason and John Slidell from the British ship “Trent”

An event that had the potential of bringing about war between the United States and Great Britain.

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.

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.

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.