February 01 2018
Naval Schemes, Plots & Tidbits – January Program Recap

The naval actions of the Civil War have long received short shrift along side the land actions of the conflict, and are often reduced to the Monitor v. Merrimack, Farragut’s taking of Mobile Bay, the Trent Affair and other high-profile events.  However, as every buff knows, there is much more than the actions familiar to even the...

January 31 2018
February Program Announcement

Our next program is scheduled for February 13th featuring Civil War jack-of-all-trades David Ward and his program highlighting “Schuylkill County’s Coal Heavers:  The 96th Pennsylvania Volunteers.”  Some of the original First Defenders served in the 96th which was originally commanded by Colonel Henry L. Cake, formerly of the National Light Infantry.  The regiment spent its service...

December 28 2017
January Program Announcement

Our next program is scheduled for January 9th, and our own Dale Kratzer will present something of a hodgepodge of “Naval Schemes, Plots and Interesting Tidbits.”  Much Civil War focus has been on the land activities, a number of interesting events took place on the water, too.  This program will cover events such as the “first” (?)...

December 28 2017
First Defenders Celebrate the Holidays & Perryville

The First Defenders Civil War Round Table celebrated the coming holiday season during its December program with a festive meal that included a birthday cake for former Preservation Committee chair Cate Kennedy. 54 First Defenders assembled at the Inn at Reading to hear our own Greg Stull talk about “The Battle that Wasn’t Supposed to...

November 27 2017
What Ever Happened to J.D. Cox?

Perhaps one of the best “citizen generals” who served the Union army during the Civil War, Jacob Dolson Cox was seemingly positioned to be the sixth Ohioan who would ascend to the presidency in the post-bellum years.  Yet this man who had done so much for the Northern cause would remain a back-bencher in the...

October 19 2017
The Kidnapping of the Generals – Should It Have Been So Easy?

The Civil War in what is today (and for the last half of the War) West Virginia often takes a back seat to the more glorious events in the eastern part of Virginia, Maryland and even into central Pennsylvania.  But, to the men who spent much of their time on garrison and foraging duties in...

September 23 2017
Dennis Frye Kicks Off Campaign 21!

Harper’s Ferry Chief Historian Dennis Frye made his third trip to the First Defenders Civil War Round Table in fine style by questioning mainstream historians and logic itself by asking whether George McClellan out-thought Robert E. Lee during the first invasion of the North in 1862. Frye outlined four instances in the first two weeks...