Civil War Round Table of Augusta
Our monthly meeting features a prominent historian or scholar presenting on an aspect of the Civil War and life in the United States in the mid to late 1800's.
JANUARY 16 BOB YOUNG, retired journalist, historian and author, discusses the brutal murder of a freedwoman in Taliaferro County during Reconstruction, which is the basis for his forthcoming book "Hand of the Wicked."
FEBRUARY 20 LEN RIEDEL, executive director of the Blue and Gray Education Society presents on Civil War Battlefield Tours. A retired Air Force officer, he is the architect of the BGES’ programming and of considerable preservation accomplishments.
MARCH 20 ED BEARSS, an evening with the National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus and nationally recognized battlefield guide. Ed has been nominated for a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his contributions to preservation of American Civil War history.
APRIL 17 VINCE DOOLEY, board member of the Civil War Trust, presents on his new Civil War book “Leading From the Front”. Coach Dooley is former Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at the University of Georgia and a former Marine.
MAY 15 CANDICE SHY HOOPER, author, presents on her book: “Lincoln’s General’s Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War for Better and Worse.” A former press secretary to U. S. Rep. Charlie Wilson (movie: Charlie Wilson’s War), she has appeared on CSPAN and has been reviewed in the New York Times.
JUNE 19 GERALD PROKOPOWICZ, Chair of the History Department, East Carolina University in Greenville, N. C. presents on his book, “Did Lincoln Own Slaves And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln”
JULY 17 MATTHEW BOROWICK, Associate Vice President for Alumni and Government Relations at Seton Hall University and columnist for Civil War News, presents on the “Court Martial of Fitz John Porter,” who after the Battle of Second Manassas was blamed for the Union defeat
AUGUST 21 BRIAN JORDAN, Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Jordan is the author of “Marching Home: Union Veterans and their Unending Civil War,” a narrative history of the men who won the war but could not bear the peace. The book was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History and won the George Washington Egleston Prize for best U. S. history dissertation at Yale.
SEPTEMBER 18 JAMES I. “BUD” ROBERTSON, often seen on C-SPAN, Dr. Robertson is Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech and author of "Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend," the definitive biography of Jackson and the basis for the movie Gods and Generals. He is the recipient of every major award given in the Civil War field, a lecturer of national acclaim and a collaborator with National Geographic on Civil War publications.
OCTOBER 16 JACK DAVIS, professor of history at Virginia Tech and Director of Programs at that school's Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, returns to present on "Love Amid the Ruins: The Romance of Nannie Radford and General Gabriel Wharton, CSA." A master storyteller, Dr. Davis has authored or edited more than 40 nationally acclaimed Civil War books.
NOVEMBER 20 ROBERT E. BONNER, Chair of the Department of History at Dartmouth College, presents on a biographical study of Confederate Vice-President Alexander H. Stephens titled: “Master of Lost Causes.”
DECEMBER (no meeting)