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...

January 28 2018
CIA Publishes Overview of Intelligence in the Civil War

It has often been said, tongue-in-cheek, the Central Intelligence Agency is a contradiction in terms.  But, although is current-day activities are often veiled in secrecy, the CIA has recently turned out an interesting paper called Intelligence in the Civil War.   This is a (comparatively) short overview, but the subject has been one of increased interest over...

January 28 2018
Edward Bonekemper Dies- May 2017 Program Presenter

The Hershey Civil War Round Table has passed along the sad information of the death of Edward H. Bonekemper, III, who died in Lancaster in December following a brief illness. Bonekemper presented a program based on his book The Myth of the Lost Cause which presented a compelling argument to contradict the romantic and still-cherished Southern...

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...

December 04 2017
In Memoriam – Charter First Defender Robert “Bob” Shuman

It is with great sadness the First Defenders Civil War Round Table announces the passing of charter member Robert “Bob” Shuman following an illness spanning nearly six months.   Bob was born in Chambersburg, the son of the late Daniel Leslie and Alice (Ott) Shuman.  Many of us have heard Bob’s presentation of the “Burning of...

November 27 2017
Grant Takes Mississippi – Again (And Brings Abraham Lincoln Along!)

  The following article was written and distributed by the Associated Press on November 16th. STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — It’s not ironic, but intentional. Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who won the Civil War and later the presidency, is back in Mississippi in a way few would have imagined not long ago. His new...

November 27 2017
December Program Announcement

Our next program is scheduled for December 12th, and our own Greg Stull will present his second First Defenders program entitled “October 8, 1862: Perryville- The Battle That Wasn’t Supposed to Be.”  The fall of 1862 would be dismal for the Confederacy as Robert E. Lee’s Maryland Campaign would be turned back at Antietam, but...

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...