Members of the North Shore Civil War Roundtable will display their Civil War memorabilia collections at the South Huntington Public Library. Admission is free and begins at 7:00 pm.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Joseph Kelly is a professor of literature at the College of Charleston and a member of the American Studies Association. He is the author of Our Joyce and the editor of W. W. Norton’s Seagull Readers series. His historical writing has appeared in the Journal of Social History and other publications. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
In 1863, Union forces surrounded the city of Charleston. Their vice-like grip on the harbor would hold the city hostage for nearly two years, becoming the longest siege in the history of modern warfare. But for almost two centuries prior, a singular ideology forged among the headstrong citizens of Charleston had laid a different sort of siege to the entire American South—the promulgation of brutal, deplorable, and immensely profitable institution of slavery.
In America’s Longest Siege, Joseph Kelly examines the nation’s long struggle with its "peculiar institution" through the hotly contested debates in the city at the center of the slave trade. From the earliest slave rebellions to the Nullification crisis to the final, tragic act of secession that doomed both the city and the South as a whole, Kelly captures the toxic mix of nationalism, paternalism, and unprecedented wealth that made Charleston the focus of the nationwide debate over slavery. Kelly also explores the dissenters who tried—and ultimately failed—to stop the oncoming Civil War.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Valerie Protopapas will speak about John Mosby and Phil Sheridan in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Valerie has been a member of the NSCW Roundtable for many years. She was born in New York City and has been a resident of Huntington for 60 years. She has also been a member of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society for 15 years and is currently serving as Membership Chairman and editor of the Society’s journal, The Southern Cavalry Review.
Valerie co-founded Orthodox Christians for Life, a ministry in the Orthodox Church with her late husband, Deacon John Protopapas and lectured on sanctity of life issues in that Church for many years. She has also lectured on her favorite subject, Col. John Singleton Mosby before a number of groups including the Roundtable.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Coming September 4. Stephen M. Hood will discuss his book John Bell Hood: The rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General. The North Shore Civil War Roundtable will present Mr. Hood with our Walt Whitman Civil War Book Award.
John Bell Hood was one of the Confederacy’s most successful—and enigmatic—generals. He died at 48 after a brief illness in August of 1879, leaving behind the first draft of his memoirs Advance and Retreat: Personal Experiences in the United States and Confederate States Armies. Published posthumously the following year, the memoirs immediately became as controversial as their author. A careful and balanced examination of these “controversies,” however, coupled with the recent discovery of Hood’s personal papers (which were long considered lost) finally sets the record straight in John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General. (Publisher)
Stephen M. "Sam" Hood is a distant relative of Confederate General John Bell Hood. Sam is a retired industrial construction company owner, and lives in Huntington WV with his wife of 35 years, the former Martha Ann Hager. He is a 1970 graduate of Kentucky Military Institute, and earned a BBA in Marketing from Marshall University in 1976. Sam served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has had a life long interest in the sport of soccer. He is a former Head Men's Soccer Coach at Marshall University, and coached Huntington St. Joseph Catholic High School to West Virginia State Championships in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1988. He was named West Virginia High School Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1993, and was a charter inductee into the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010. A former college soccer referee, Sam was a founder of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association in 1982. With an abiding interest in Civil War history, Sam is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Gray Education Society of Chatham VA, and is past president of the Board of Directors of Confederate Memorial Hall Museum in New Orleans. (Publisher)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Tom Huntington will discuss his book Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor Gettysburg. Major General George Gordon Meade, the man who commanded the victorious Union army at the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg, has been unfairly overlooked by history. Searching for Meade is not your typical Civil War biography. While Huntington does tell the story of Meade’s life, he also provides first-person accounts of his visits to the battlefields where Meade fought and museums that cover the Civil War. He talks with experts, enthusiasts, curators, park rangers and even a Meade impersonator to get their insights into the past and the present. The result is a quirky and compelling mash-up of history, biography, travel and journalism that touches both past and present.
Tom attended the University of Southern California and Bowdoin College. He has authored four books: Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg (2013), Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments (2013), Ben Franklin's Philadelphia (2005) and Pennsylvania Civil War Trails (2007) He managed and edited Smithsonian’s Air and Space Magazine for more than 10 years. Huntington's many magazine articles have appeared in American Heritage, Smithsonian, Air & Space, British Heritage, America in WWII, Civil War Times, America's Civil War, Invention & Technology and many other publications. He lives with his family in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Mark A. Lause will discuss his book Price’s Last Campaign: The 1864 Invasion of Missouri. In the fall of 1864, during the last brutal months of the Civil War, the Confederates made one final, desperate attempt to rampage through the Shenandoah Valley, Tennessee, and Missouri. Price’s Raid, the common name for the Missouri Campaign led by General Sterling Price was the last of these attempts, involving tens of thousands of armed men. (Publisher)
Mark A. Lause was born to a family of trade unionists at Washington, Missouri, and grew up interested in labor and in history. The political unrest of the 1960s deepened these concerns. Graduating from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he took advanced degrees at Chicago from Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois. After teaching at various institutions, he is currently a full professor of history at the University of Cincinnati. (Amazon)
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Michael C.C. Adams will discuss his book, Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War. Perhaps because the United States has not seen conventional war on its own soil since 1865, the collective memory of its horror has faded, so that we have sanitized and romanticized even the experience of the Civil War. Neither film nor reenactment can fully capture the hard truth of the four-year conflict. Living Hell presents a stark portrait of the human costs of the Civil War and gives readers a more accurate appreciation of its profound and lasting consequences. (Publisher)
Michael C. C. Adams strips away the facade to provide a necessary and compelling dose of reality about the war as it was seen and experienced by those who lived it. This is not another story of battles and campaigns. It is instead a broad tapestry that takes the reader to many dark corners of the war which are often left unconsidered. (Scott Hartwig, noted Civil War Historian)
Dr. Adams is the author of several books including The Best War Eve, The Great Adventure and Our Masters the Rebels. He is professor of history and chair of the History and Geography Department at Northern Kentucky University.