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
Saturday, October 7, 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
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.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Professors Howard Ehrlich and Harvey Sackowitz of New York’s St. John’s University will present a program entitled An American Tragedy: Mary Todd Lincoln. Their power point presentation will follow her tragic life and the very sad events leading up to her years in the White House and the even more shocking story of her life after President Lincoln’s assassination.
Professor Ehrlich has served as a National Park Service Ranger at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay and is the former Executive Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. He has an MA in Educational Administration from Columbia University, an MS in American History from Queens College City University of New York and a Ba in American History from Queens College City University of New York. He is an Adjunct Instructor of Curriculum and Instruction at St. John’s University.
Professor Harvey Sakowitz has served as the past President of the Nassau County Civil War Roundtable. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at St. John’s University. He has an Advanced Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Brooklyn College, an MS in History from Queens College and a BA in History from Queens College.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Edward Alexander will discuss his book, Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg. (From Amazon) “After the unprecedented violence of the 1864 Overland Campaign, Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant turned his gaze south of Richmond to Petersburg, and the key railroad junction that supplied the Confederate capital and its defenders. Nine grueling months of constant maneuver and combat around the “Cockade City” followed. As massive fortifications soon dominated the landscape, both armies frequently pushed each other to the brink of disaster. As March 1865 drew to a close, Grant planned one more charge against Confederate lines. Despite recent successes, many viewed this latest task as an impossibility―and their trepidation had merit. “These lines might well have been looked upon by the enemy as impregnable,” admitted Union Maj. Gen. Horatio G. Wright, “and nothing but the most resolute bravery could have overcome them.” Grant ordered the attack for April 2, 1865, setting the stage for a dramatic early morning bayonet charge by his VI Corps across half a mile of open ground into the “strongest line of works ever constructed in America.” Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg by Edward S. Alexander tells the story of the men who fought and died in the decisive battle of the Petersburg campaign. Readers can follow the footsteps of the resolute Union attackers and stand in the shoes of the obstinate Confederate defenders as their actions decided the fate of the nation.”
Edward S. Alexander is a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He has worked since 2011 at Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia, and previously with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. A current resident of Richmond, Virginia, Edward’s research is focused on the Sixth Corps of the Army of the Potomac.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Due to scheduling conflicts this event has been CANCELLED. Roundtable member and historian Richard Welch has graciously volunteered to step into the breech and speak about an aspect of the Civil War not often addressed.
Amanda Foreman will discuss her widely acclaimed book A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War. Her book was the winner of the Fletcher Pratt Award for Civil War History, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Times Top Ten Books of 2011 and named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, The Economist, Nancy Pearl, NPR, Bloomberg.com, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly.
(Amazon) “In this brilliant narrative, Amanda Foreman tells the fascinating story of the American Civil War—and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman introduces characters both humble and grand, while crafting a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America.”
"Though with the North we sympathize It must not be forgotten That with the South we’ve stronger ties Which are composed of cotton. Punch, 30 March, 1861."
Amanda Foreman is the author of the prize-winning best sellers, ‘Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire', and 'A World on Fire: A Epic History of Two Nations Divided'. She is currently a columnist for 'The Wall Street Journal'. Her latest work is the BBC documentary series, 'The Ascent of Woman'. In 2016, Foreman served as chair of The Man Booker Prize. Her book on the history of women, 'The World Made by Women', will be published in 2017. She is a co-founder of the literary nonprofit, House of Speak Easy Foundation, a trustee of the Whiting Foundation, and an Honorary Research Senior Fellow in the History Department at the University of Liverpool. Amanda lives in New York with her husband and five children.