Sunday, March 4, 2018

Coming April 5, 2018

Gene Barr is the president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business Industry and the author of the non-fiction work, A Civil War Captain and His Lady: Love, Courtship, and Combat from Fort Donelson through the Vicksburg Campaign.”

The Chamber is the largest broad based advocacy group in Pennsylvania. Barr joined the Chamber in 2003 and became president in 2011. He has more than 40 years of experience in politics, government affairs, and business operations including work with BP America, Associated Petroleum Industries of PA, and McNees Wallace & Nurick.  He is a member of the US Chamber Board of Directors, United Way of the Capital Region and a number of other groups. He is a board member and past chair of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. Recently, Barr was named “The Most Effective Association Lobbyist” in the Capitol in a poll conducted by Pennsylvania Legislative Services and was also included in the Pennlive/Patriot News list of the 17 most influential people in Pennsylvania politics in 2017.

He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Coming March 1, 2018

The March 1st meeting presents a program by author V. P. Hughes (North Shore Civil War Roundtable member Valerie Protopapas) on her new book, A Thousand Points of Truth: The History and Humanity of Col. John Singleton Mosby in Newsprint covering Mosby’s life as presented by the press from his first appearance in 1862 through the year of his death, 1916.  The presentation will be focused to the origins of the book—necessary to understand its intent—followed by the Civil War years of 1862 through 1865. Copies will be available for purchase at the meeting. 

John Singleton Mosby (December 6, 1833 – May 30, 1916), also known by his nickname, the "Gray Ghost", was a Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War. His command, the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, known as Mosby's Rangers or Mosby's Raiders, was a partisan ranger unit noted for its lightning-quick raids and its ability to elude Union Army pursuers and disappear, blending in with local farmers and townsmen. The area of northern central Virginia in which Mosby operated with impunity was known during the war and ever since as Mosby's Confederacy

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Coming February 1, 2018

Islip, Long Island Town Historian George Muckenbeck will present a power point lecture on U.S. Colored Troops from Long Island during the Civil War. His talk is entitled Men of Color, to Arms”: Islip Town and the United States Colored Troops. The contribution of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) to the Union victory in the Civil War is often overlooked by both schools and historians. Due to the popular film “Glory” the story of these troops has been reduced to the 54th Massachusetts.  This is only part of the story of the 178,000 free blacks and freedmen who served in this organization and made up 10% of the U.S. Army by 1865.  At least six men from the Town of Islip served in the USCT and two of those lost their lives in service this nation.  This program covers what we know so far of these men and their service and gives a glimpse into this almost forgotten organization.

Friday, December 8, 2017

January 4, 2018

Movie Night:  The Great Locomotive Chase is a 1956 Walt Disney Productions CinemaScope adventure film based on the real Great Locomotive Chase that occurred in 1862 during the American Civil War. The film stars Fess Parker as James J. Andrews, the leader of a group of Union soldiers from various Ohio regiments who volunteered to go behind Confederate lines in civilian clothes, steal a Confederate train north of Atlanta, and drive it back to Union lines in Tennessee, tearing up railroad tracks and destroying bridges and telegraph lines along the way. On March 25, 1863, Cpl. William Pettenger along with 7 other soldiers, are summoned to the US War Department and are brought before War Secretary Edwin Stanton to receive the first Medals of Honor. Pittenger, narrating, tells the story of the mission they participated in through a flashback.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

December 7, 2017

On December 7, 2017 the Roundtable will host a book swap and discussion.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Coming November 2, 2017

Juanita Leisch Jensen will discuss "New York Women and the Civil War" which highlights the significant contributions of New York women in providing social, spiritual, psychological, material, monetary, medical, mourning, memorial and even military support for the Civil War effort. The talk is based entirely on primary sources such as official records, diaries, letters, journals, and the occasional memoir. The talk is heavily illustrated with original photographs, lithographs, and other visual images.

Juanita Leisch Jensen has been a student of women in the Civil War for her entire adult life.  She is the author of "Who Wore What" and "An Introduction to Civil War Civilians".  Each remained in print for more than 15 years.  She is  currently serving as a Governor in the Company of Military Historians, and was named a 'Fellow' in that organization in 2000, an honor given to fewer than 6 women in the last 50 years. Juanita greatly enjoys giving talks and presentation, and, with a recent trip to Iowa, has given talks in more than 40 states. Juanita and her husband, military historian Les Jensen, split their time between homes in the Hudson Valley of NY and the Shenandoah Valley of VA.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Coming October 5, 2017

William Morgan will discuss his book A Civil War Lovers Guide to New York City: Forgotten Historical Sites of the City.   Few Americans associate New York City with the Civil War, but the most populated metropolitan area in the nation, then and now, is filled with scores of monuments, historical sites, and resources directly related to those four turbulent years. Veteran author Bill Morgan’s The Civil War Lover’s Guide to New York City examines more than 150 of these largely overlooked and often forgotten historical gems.

Bill Morgan is a writer, editor, and archival consultant who has lived in New York City for more than thirty years. He is the author of more than two dozen guidebooks and texts including Literary Landmarks of New York.  Since the 1970s he has worked as an archivist and librarian.