Friday, April 7, 2017

Coming May 4, 2017

NSCWR member and former board member John Scotto will discuss the first two battles of the Seven Days, the battles of Mechanicsville and Gaines’ Mill. The presentation will begin with a brief overview of the Peninsula Campaign, followed by a review of the operational and tactical decisions made by the rival army commanders and their key subordinates. Some commonly held beliefs may be challenged in this informative and well researched presentation.

John has been a member of the NSCWR since it's second meeting.  When he resigned from the board, he was its longest serving member. John graduated from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in 1989, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry.  He served in the US Army from 1989 to 1993, leaving as a Captain in the Regular Army.  He led a mechanized infantry platoon in the 1st Armored Division during the 1991 Gulf War. John subsequently served in the US National Park Service from 1994 to 1996, at Richmond National Battlefield Park and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.  He was a financial adviser from 1996 to 2003.  Since 2003 He has been employed by the Long Island Rail Road.

Seven Days Battles—June 25, 1862 – July 1, 1862
With a Federal army of more than 100,000 well-supplied soldiers poised on its eastern flank, the citizens of Richmond, Virginia warily awaited news from the tenuous lines along the swampy Chickahominy River. Would the Union Army, after victories at Fort Henry and Donelson, take Richmond as its ultimate prize? Would the brief tenure of the Confederacy come to a quick and inglorious end in the summer of 1862? In what would prove to be one of the more savage and remarkable campaigns of the American Civil War, the Army of Northern Virginia under the leadership of a new commander named Robert E. Lee, would take to the offensive against George B. McClellan and his mighty Army of the Potomac.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Coming April 6, 2017

Ron Coddington  will present a Power Point entitled The Rise and Fall of the Carte de Visite in Civil War America.  Ron has been associated during much of his professional life with media organizations, through which he has covered major news events. He created maps and explanatory diagrams for the San Jose Mercury News Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Bay Area earthquake. He also produced award-winning interactive graphics for 9/11 and the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger at USA Today. And countless other projects.

Nowadays his passion is rooted in leading collaborative teams to conceptualize and produce visual journalism across platforms. As USA Today's art director in the late 2000s, he helped guide the Design Department through the early stages of its evolution as a digital-centered organization. Today, as an assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education, he leads a creative team of designers, developers, researchers and editors who create award-winning journalism for thought leaders and other professionals in academe.

Those with an active interest in the Civil War know him as a contributing author to the New York Times series Disunion and author of three books of soldier stories, Faces of the Civil War, Faces of the Confederacy, and African American Faces of the Civil WarHe is also a passionate collector of Civil War era photography.  His next volume in the series profiles sailors in the Union and Confederate navies. He became the fourth publisher and editor of Military Images magazine in August 2013.

Ron’s talk this evening will focus on Civil War Photography:  The Rise and Fall of the Carte de Visite in Civil War America.  “The Civil War Generation was the first to grow up with photography. This trans-formative medium made it possible for Americans from all walks of life to preserve their own likeness, a privilege once reserved only for the wealthy. During photography’s early years, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes ruled the portrait world.  Then on the eve of the Civil War, a curious new format landed in America-the carte de visite.”

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Coming March 2, 2017

David Kinkaid will perform Irish Civil War Songs.  The Irish Volunteer is David Kincaid's first album of Civil War related Irish music. For years Kincaid has been the lead singer, lead guitarist, and leading songwriter for the American roots rock band, The Brandos. Kincaid, a long time Civil War enthusiast, assembled a collection of songs written during the Civil War era about Irish American soldiers fighting for the Union. Most of the songs only came with lyrics so Kincaid had to find traditional Irish music to set the lyrics to. Kincaid was devoted to historical accuracy in performing the songs, the pieces are performed only with instruments that would have been available to the people of the period. With the exception of "Free and Green" all the songs were written either before or during the Civil War. The songs praise the Irish immigrant volunteers who fought for the Union, most of the songs mention Thomas Francis Meagher, Michael Corcoran, and the famous Irish Brigade.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Coming February 2, 2017

North Shore Civil War Roundtable member Jeff Richman will discuss his book The Gallant Sims”: A Civil War Hero Rediscovered.  If you’re familiar with the phrase “the dustbin of history," you’ll shudder to learn that it’s almost where the extraordinary story of Brooklynite and Civil War Captain Samuel Sims ended up. But fate intervened. A cache of Sims's letters and personal drawings were rescued from the garbage in California and a trove of Sims’s photos and letters were discovered in a trunk in a Poughkeepsie basement. Who was Sims? The Brooklyn Daily Eagle wrote that this citizen-soldier was “as brave a man as ever drew a sword.” In 1886, 22 years after his death at the Battle of the Crater, his former comrades banded together to pay for an extraordinary grave site monument at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery.  A few years back, Jeff Richman, Green-Wood's historian, negotiated the purchase on behalf of The Green-Wood Historic Fund of the Sims Collection--objects and papers lovingly saved for more than a century by Civil War Captain Samuel Sims's descendants and his fiancĂ©e's family. In this book, Richman, using these unique items, letters, and other new discoveries, tells Sims's fascinating story with its many dramatic arcs: his loyal service and death in battle, the Confederate who returned Sims's sword, and the erection of his Green-Wood monument. This is the tale of a leader in war who was so admired by his men that they called him "The Gallant Sims." The twists and turns of this story are remarkable. And they are all here in this fascinating book about Captain Sims - published with the generous support of the Furthermore Foundation. 

Jeff Richman, a long-time trustee and member of the NSCWR, is Green-Wood Cemetery’s historian. Twenty-five years ago he started leading tours at Green-Wood—a place that combines so many of his interests: 19th century New York City, landscape design, sculpture, rural cemeteries, 19th century photography, contemporary photography, and more. He became its part-time historian in 2001 (while practicing law, representing indigent criminal defendants for 33 years) and its fulltime historian in 2007. He is the author of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery: New York’s Buried Treasure (1997), Final Camping Ground: Civil War Veterans at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, In Their Own Words (2007), and edited Green-Wood at 175 (2013). He has also been the curator for several gallery exhibitions, including three on the Civil War and one on Coney Island. Since 2002, he has been leading Green-Wood’s Civil War Project, which, through the work of hundreds of volunteers, has identified 5,000 Civil War veterans interred at Green-Wood, written an online biography for each, successfully applied to the Department of Veterans Affairs for 2,200 gravestones, and had them installed to mark formerly-unmarked graves.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Coming January 5, 2017

Roundtable board member Andrew Pelosi will moderate a film showing of the The Red Badge of Courage. The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (1871–1900). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer.

Stephen Crane was an American novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Coming December 1, 2016

George Munkenbeck will discuss his book Civil War Heroes of  Long Island. Mr. Munkenbeck is the volunteer, part-time Town Historian of the Town of Islip.
Mr. Munkenbeck is a native Long Islander who resides in West Sayville, NY. He earned a BS in Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and an MA in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Public University. A Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church, he is a fourth generation member of New York’s volunteer fire service as an active member of the West Sayville Fire Department, Company H. He is a member of The Fourteenth “Brooklyn” Regiment New York State Militia Society of the New York Civil War History Group, The American Legion, and The Industrial Archeology Society.  He is also a member of the United States Naval Institute, the Society of Civil War Surgeons, the Museum of Civil War Medicine, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the National Model Railroad Association, and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. In addition, he has produced numerous programs, articles and studies on the Bible, local history, fire service training and history as well as railroad history and military history.
“We are delighted the Town of Islip will be the beneficiary of George Munkenbeck’s expertise, vast knowledge and experience as a historian.  We thank him for volunteering to promote and preserve the Town of Islip’s rich history which extends more than three centuries,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Coming November 3, 2016

Professor Michael D’Innocenzo will present a lecture, The Uniqueness of Radical Reconstruction: The Capitulation to Racism. Professor D’Innocenzo received the American Historical Association Eugene Asher National Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009.  During 56 years at Hofstra University, D’Innocenzo served as both a Professor of History and The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change.  He has degrees from Columbia University (where he was a Danforth Scholar and an Edward John Noble Leadership Fellow) and from Union College  (where he was recognized with the Freling Smith Prize for outstanding history thesis, and received the Bailey Prize for outstanding senior service). For the past twenty-four years, D’Innocenzo has led the Hofstra Social Science Associum and Public Policy Institute.  Working closely with the Kettering Foundation, the National Issues Forums Institute, and the Public Agenda Foundation, Hofstra’s programs have involved more than 50,000 people over that time span, mostly high school students and teachers, but also increasingly reaching into the community to sponsor intergenerational programs.  These extended programs have developed into “town meeting” sessions at nearly a dozen public libraries where D’Innocenzo leads “current events in perspective” discussions.  Because of these endeavors and others, he has received many public recognitions and has written extensively on themes of diversity and communication, both historically and in the present. In 2013, Professor D’Innocenzo was appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Issues Forums Institute. In 2007, he was a founding member of the Hofstra Center For Civic Engagement (CCE) and served as the first chairperson of its advisory board. He is now working to help establish an Institute for Peace Studies as part of the CCE.