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Ed Malles’ American Civil War Final Exam- Postscript

By Mark Terry

As was mentioned in the February Washington Volunteer, Ed Malles made available a Final Exam for those who wanted to take it to test their knowledge. Ed had said last month that the answers would be posted in the March edition of the newsletter. Well, I took the test, and given the fact that the test is seven pages long, and the answer key almost as long I unfortunately could not publish the answers here. Instead of that, I am posting the link to the PSCWRT website (which has lots of room) where you can find both the test and the answers. If you don’t have access to the internet but still want to take the test, please contact me and I will set you up! Click the link


By Mark Terry

Over the years, the history of the PSCWRT has become clouded. Many of us have wondered who founded it and when the first meeting took place. Thankfully, we have Pat Brady, our longtime VP of Programming. Pat recently sent out an email to the board. He wrote “OK, so I've been sorting through boxes in my garage and came across the attached four pages on the founding of the Round Table in late 1985”. Pat continued, “The document, written by Professor [Thomas J.] Pressly of the UW  History Dept in 1999, summarizes  the 1985 founding and mostly credits Dio Richardson. Dio and Loren Mann (co-founder of Round Table)  had both been through Army ROTC together at UW before service in WW II;  Loren was wounded in Italy.”

Apparently the first meeting organizing the group was held in October 1985 and announced the next meeting for November 21, 1985. Unfortunately, that was cancelled due to a snow storm but on December 5, 1985 another meeting took place, where Professor Pressly was the speaker. The meetings in those days were conducted in the Gold Room of the Sand Point Officer’s Club at the Naval Station. Sadly, Richardson, Mann, Pressly and another founder, Stewart Pope are no longer with us.

I believe it is important to know our history as much as the history of the American Civil War. As Pat wrote “my packrat hoard includes all Round Table bulletins/newsletters from the start to date, with a few missing.” Pat is working with previous newsletter editor Sylva Coppock to fill the gaps in the list of meeting dates, speakers and topics. Mike Movius is working to post past newsletters on the PSCWRT website and hopefully soon it will be complete!

One of my goals is to write a short article on the history of the Civil War Round Table movement itself, which began 77 years ago in Chicago. Although CWRT’s have grown not only here in the U.S. but around the world, there have also been a significant number disbanding in recent years. Mike Movius warned us at last month’s meeting that 64 Round Tables in the East have disappeared.

This should cause us to redouble our efforts to keep the history of the Civil War alive in our corner of the country. Thanks for being a “packrat”, Pat!