News - updated 9/30/17

Pumpkins are out, apples are plentiful and the trees are changing! Time for fall things and it's a great time for the warmth of fellowship with other Civil War enthusiasts.
Please join us (visitors welcome!) on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the East Parish United Methodist Church in Salisbury, MA (next to CVS). 
Our speaker is historian Michael McCarthy who'll present a talk on his book, Confederate Waterloo: the Battle of Five Forks, April 1, 1865, and the Controversy that Brought Down a General.
Only a week away until the end of the war, things were winding down, but some extremely important events were still to play out. Let's find out!

Michael J. McCarthy is a graduate of LeMoyne College, class of 1969 with a BA in history.  He then received his MA in American History in 1971 from Providence College. After a brief stint in the U. S. Army stationed in Danang, RVN, circumstances led him to a career in government. While working in Albany for New York State he received MPA degrees in Public Finance from the University at Albany and in Public Management from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  During his long career with New York State he never lost his love of Civil War history, however.  As he approached retirement from the position of Assistant Commissioner of the State Department of Transportation, he went back to school and received his PhD in American History from the University at Albany in 2010.  His interest in the Battle of Five Forks was kindled during a Capital District Civil War Roundtable trip to the battlefield and this work is a re-edited version of his dissertation. He is now retired and lives on Cape Cod with his lovely wife Karen. They have two children, a daughter Megan who works as a Perinatologist in Lancaster CA and a son Michael who is an attorney working in Annapolis MD.

(photo: 2009 visit to the Marblehead Civil War museum by members of the CWRTM)

We wish to thank Chris Gwinn, from Gettysburg (via Amesbury) for the remarkable talk in September! We hope to have him return and think we can convince him to (nudge, nudge).

Some time ago Ron Guilmette, our esteemed member, gave a talk on the history of the Massachusetts State Police. As a retired State Trooper himself, it was a combined passion as the MSP was formed out of the Civil War with the first Troopers being veterans of the war.

Ron's interest and talk turned into a book, The First To Serve, and is now available. We do hope he'll have some with him at the October meeting or be able to direct members where to get a copy.

Board member Val Tipton suggested a group of us head to the Marblehead G.A.R. Museum for one of the last times they open this fall. October 28, 2017 might be good. Think about this and we'll talk bout it at the meeting.

November will bring the annual events in Gettysburg for Remembrance Day.

Liz Hallett leads a ceremony at the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and all are invited to join. Liz and her husband Bill flag the graves of the New England men on Friday (and sometimes friends help). Saturday morning after some words of remembrance and reflections, members of the group take rosemary (the ancient spice of remembrance) and place sprigs on the New England graves and recite the man's name - once a year he is remembered. 

If you'd like to join us, or for more info, please contact Liz or Bill Hallett. This event was begun by Cynthia and Ellsworth Brown over 20 years ago and the Halletts have hosted this for a number of years now.

Other events in Gettysburg that weekend include dress balls, the massive parade, a brass band performance on Little Round Top, and the famous illumination Saturday evening with candlelight on each Civil War grave.

In the meantime, we have a great meeting coming up on October 11th and hope to see you there!