Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation

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By Mark Terry
Another exciting year of speakers and topics has been put together by Pat Brady, Vice-President of Programming. Here is the schedule of speakers for the 2017-2018 Season of the Puget Sound Civil War Round Table. It will be our 33rd year as an organization. The list includes the date, the speaker(s) and the subject matter. The full description of each month’s program will be released in the August 2017 Washington Volunteer. Thank you, Pat, for putting together another fine group of presentations once more!

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017  Richard W. Etulain, “Abraham Lincoln and the American West”

OCTOBER 12, 2017  Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh, “Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare”

NOVEMBER 9, 2017  Richard A. Hanks “Vermont's Proper Son: The Letters of Soldier and Scholar Edwin Hall Higley, 1861-1871”

DECEMBER 14, 2017  Professor Lesley J. Gordon, “A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut’s Civil War”

JANUARY 11, 2018  John McKay, “Civil War and Civil Liberties--A Painful Legacy?”

FEBRUARY 8, 2018  Karen Meador, “The Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Road”

MARCH 8, 2018 Short Topics:
1) Jeff McLaughlin, “Daniel Joseph McLaughlin, 17th Wisconsin Infantry”
2) Nick Adams, “Away at War: A Civil War Story of the Family Left Behind”
3) Ed Malles, “Jackson in the Shenandoah and McClellan on the Peninsula, 1862”
4) Lou Berquest, “Letters of Francis Bergqvist, 4th Minnesota Infantry”

APRIL 12, 2018  Rick Solomon, “Longstreet’s Winter of Discontent, 1863-1864”

MAY 10, 2018  Stephen Murphy, “The Perfect Scout, the story of George Quimby, a scout for Sherman”


By Steve Clayton, VP-Partnerships
We are pleased to reintroduce/revitalize the PSCWRT Speakers Bureau! The goal of the Speakers Bureau is to have more public awareness of the PSCWRT thereby attracting more members to our organization. We hope to accomplish this goal by having PSCWRT authors/speakers go out to venues that we can find to speak on topics they know best.

Listed below are several of our talented members who have volunteered to participate in the PSCWRT Speakers Bureau so far: Pat Brady, Ed Malles, Richard “Dick” Miller, Jeff McLaughlin and Nick Adams. We know there are others of you out there who have a special interest in the Civil War- even some who have done presentations for us. Please contact me with your name and topics and we will see if we can get you on the list.

Meanwhile, I am working with and coordinating locations, dates and times with some of the local library systems in the Puget Sound area. Let me know if you have ideas for other venues which may be interested in having a presentation about the American Civil War.


By Mike Movius
The board voted online unanimously on February 9, 2017 to simplify the dues structure to $25 per year for individuals.  Currently, dues for individuals is $20, and $25 for couples.  The board is interested in expanding meeting attendance to spouses.  The dues increase will not affect 40% of the members who already are paying at the somewhat higher rate.

In addition, with the advent of the Behind the Lines initiative, there will be more opportunities for spouses to participate in areas that do not include strategy and tactics, order of battle and/or foolish military leaders.

Editor’s Note: That last paragraph will make my wife Kim happy!