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:

Mar 26, 2024, 6:00pm

Joseph Michaud

Maj. General Ambrose Burnside

Judge Joseph Michaud is a New Bedford Civil War Round Table member. His topic will center on the generalship of Maj. General Ambrose Burnside.

This meeting will be our first in-person meeting of the year.

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 are fully vaccinated and boosted. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.


PAST EVENTS:

Feb 27, 2024, 7:00pm

Bryan S. Bush

Haunted Battlefields of the South

(ZOOM Talk)

Zoom Talks Registration: To register please contact us so we can send a Zoom request/invite to your email address. Let us know which talk you would like to join.

New to Zoom? Here's a good Zoom tutorial video (opens on YouTube). Be sure you have an audio hook up if you are using your computer.

Jan 23, 2024, 7:00pm

Ty Seidule

Robert E. Lee and Me

(ZOOM Talk)

Ty Seidule grew up revering Robert E. Lee. From his southern childhood to his service in the U.S. Army, every part of his life reinforced the Lost cause myth; that Lee was the greatest man who ever lived, and the Confederates were underdogs who lost the Civil War with honor. Now, as a retired brigadier general and Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, his view is radically changed. From a soldier, a scholar, and a southerner, Ty Seidule believes that American history demands a reckoning.

Part history lecture, part meditation on the Civil War and its fallout, and part memoir, Robert E. Lee and Me challenges the deeply-held legends and myths of the Confederacy—and provides a surprising interpretation of essential truths that our country still has a difficult time articulating and accepting.

Zoom Talks Registration: To register please contact us so we can send a Zoom request/invite to your email address. Let us know which talk you would like to join.

New to Zoom? Here's a good Zoom tutorial video (opens on YouTube). Be sure you have an audio hook up if you are using your computer.

Dec 12, 2023, 6:00pm

Annual Holiday Dinner

at the Century House

Buffet menu to include baked honey ham, New England baked scrod, grilled chicken caprese, vegetables, five cheese tortellini, sweet bell pepper rice, mixed salad greens, focaccia herb bread, ice cream with chocolate sauce, coffee and tea. A cash bar will be available.

Century House will provide special meals by request (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, special allergies).

Tickets are $37 and you are encouraged to bring a guest, or more!

Reservations required. Please order your tickets using the form provided in our newsletter, The Flagbearer.

Century House 107 Main Street, Acushnet, MA | Directions

Nov 28, 2023, 6:00pm

Michael S. Murphy

Company H of the 12th Massachusetts
Volunteer Regiment

Tonight’s presentation will tell the story of Company H of the 12th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, based on Michael S. Murphy's book Webster’s Regiment: The Twelfth Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment.

This regiment fought in every major battle in the Eastern Theater of Operations. The 12th Massachusetts suffered more than many regiments, but continued to demonstrate their bravery and valor right up to when they were pulled off the line in 1864. Murphy’s book details their exploits and their leaders, Fletcher Webster, son of Daniel Webster, killed in his first big action, and James L. Bates, who took up the mantle of leadership and led the regiment through the balance of the war.

Michael S. Murphy is a resident of Weymouth, MA and teaches history, American Civil War, and Political Affairs at Weymouth High School. He has worked as an Adjunct Professor of History and Education at the University of Phoenix and American International College. He has a B.A. in History with minors in Social Studies and Education, an MAT in Secondary Education with minors in History and geography, a MA in History with a concentration in Curriculum Development.

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 are fully vaccinated and boosted. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.

Oct 24, 2023, 6:00pm

David Prentiss

Catton’s Grant:
Understanding His Generalship and Greatness

Ulysses S. Grant’s reputation as a general has never been without controversy. From his earliest days of command to the present day, there has been an abundance of both praise and blame for his generalship. The eminent Civil War historian, Bruce Catton, was on the praise side of this debate and made the case for Grant’s greatness in three books: Grant Moves South, Grant Takes Command, and U.S. Grant and the American Military Tradition. This talk will examine Catton’s arguments in favor of Grant and elaborate the key points Catton makes about Grant’s generalship from Fort Henry to Appomattox.

Doors open at 5:15PM for social hour.
Meeting begins at 6:00PM.

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 are fully vaccinated and boosted. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.

Sep 26, 2023, 6:00pm

Aaron Bolis

Clothing and Equipment issued to
the Army of Northern Virginia

Aaron will speak about the clothing and equipment issued to the Army of Northern Virginia throughout the war.

Doors open at 5:15PM for social hour.
Meeting begins at 6:00PM.

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 are fully vaccinated and boosted. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.

Jun 27, 2023, 6:00pm

Annual Picnic

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

  • Cost $20 per person donation at the door.
  • This will be a catered event with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, tossed salad, corn on the cob, watermelon, chips, and drinks.
  • Please bring a dessert to share with everyone.
  • 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.

Send us an email to RSVP with number of guests.

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

May 27, 2023, 9:00pm

Memorial Day Service

New Bedford Civil War Roundtable
Annual Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service in the New Bedford Rural Cemetery. Keynote speaker is scheduled to be New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell.

Rural Cemetery, 149 Dartmouth St, New Bedford (directions)
Drive to the Civil War section in the back of the cemetery.


May 23, 2023, 6:00pm

Patrick Donovan 2023

Varnum Memorial Armory Museum

Patrick Donovan will explain recent efforts to restore the historic armory, professionalize the care of the museum collection, and add professional conservation services to the Varnum Continentals, a historic, non-profit organization. He will also bring some of the museum’s latest and most special Civil War relic acquisitions and will share their amazing stories with the group.

Patrick is Vice President of the Varnum Continentals, Inc., an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that owns and manages two museum properties: the James Mitchell Varnum Estate and the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum. As Armory Vice President, Patrick is responsible for the Varnum Armory facility and is executive director of the Varnum Armory museum which houses the largest collection of Rhode Island military history on display. The Varnum Continentals’ mission since 1907 has been to preserve and share Rhode Island military history with the ultimate aim to educate and encourage patriotism and service – of all kinds – to our state and country.

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 are fully vaccinated and boosted. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.

Apr 25, 2023, 6:00pm

Paul Bourget

Portraying General George Sears Greene

Paul Bourget is an avid American Civil War enthusiast. As a member of the federal Generals Corps, based in Pennsylvania, Bourget has been an active living historian, portraying Bvt. Major General George Sears Greene for the past thirteen years at many major reenactments.

While portraying General Greene, Bourget has given presentations on various aspects of the Civil War at schools, colleges, museums, and historical societies.

Paul Bourget, as General Greene, will discuss the impact that the battle of Chancellorsville (April 30-May 6, 1863) had on union and confederate commanders, officers, and men who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg two months later.

After an incredible start to the Chancellorsville Campaign, where Fighting Joe Hooker got behind Gen’l Robert E. Lee’s forces at Fredericksburg, VA, Hooker’s plan fell apart. Outnumbered over two to one, Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia overwhelmed Union forces at Chancellorsville, giving Lee his best victory of the war.

The Union Army of the Potomac was ready to avenge the defeat and were eager for a fight … even at great cost. General Greene and the XLL Corps were looking for payback.

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 are fully vaccinated and boosted. This is City of New Bedford policy in city-owned buildings.