Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation

The Washington Volunteer

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, MARCH 9, 2017

China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, Washington
Time: Social hour at 6 p.m.; Dinner at 7 p.m.; & Program at 8 p.m.

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In addition to the main entrée, dinner includes salad, vegetable delight, General Tso's chicken, fried rice and fresh fruit.

March 9, 2017 - John F. (Jeff) McLaughlin

John F. (Jeff) McLaughlin will discuss Crossing Antietam: The Civil War Letters of Captain Henry Augustus Sand: Company A, 103rd New York Volunteers, a work he edited with Peter H. Sand as a labor of love and a fascination with families. Henry Sand’s articulate, sometimes funny, and always insightful letters chronicle life in the Union Army. Henry first enlisted for 90 days in the 7th Regiment, New York National Guard, which arrived in Washington, DC, just in time to help dissuade the Confederates from attacking the Capitol after First Bull Run. He then helped raise the 103rd New York from among his German-American compatriots, and the regiment was assigned to Burnside’s Corps in North Carolina and later in Maryland. Since the 103rd was a “silk stocking” regiment from New York, Henry’s letters mesh closely with regimental press coverage in the New York Times, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and other sources. A Professor Emeritus of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Doctor McLaughlin is a pediatrician specializing in congenital anomalies and developmental disabilities, who cared for children at Seattle Children’s throughout his career. His interest in the Civil War began when he read classics by Bruce Catton and Carl Sandburg as a high school student. The book is dedicated to his deceased wife, Suzanne Rossire McLaughlin, who treasured the efforts of her great-grandmother to honor Henry Sand. He is also a member of our PSCWRT!