Roundtable News (8/26/19)

The next meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack will be on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Hilton Center, 43 Lafayette Rd (Rte 1), Salisbury, MA. 
The CWRT of the Merrimack welcomes Gary Dyson to our September meeting. 

The "Ambush of the Isaac P. Smith" provides a detailed account of the battle resulting in the capture  of the USS Isaac P. Smith by Confederate shore batteries  on the Stono River near Charleston, South Carolina on January 30, 1863. The Smith had earned a reputation for causing mischief against Confederate forces and
property owners along the Stono River, attracting the attention of the Confederate high command in Charleston. By January 1863, General Beauregard had had enough of the ship's exploits and determined to make an example of her.  An elaborate ambush was planned to sink or capture her. Two of my wife’s ancestors, John Wyer Dicks (Executive Officer) and Frederic Calvin Hills (Paymaster) were officers on the Smith.

Gary L. Dyson is a retired Environmental Specialist from the city of Gaithersburg, MD and a former Marine. He is a lifelong history enthusiast and has spent countless hours reading, researching and exploring battlefields – from the French and Indian War to World War II. Gary owns Dyson Genealogy and Historical Research and is the author of “Ambush of the Isaac P. Smith” and “A Civil War Correspondent in New Orleans, the Journals and Reports of Albert Gaius Hills of the Boston Journal.” He has a BS in Natural Resources Management from Oregon State University. Gary lives in Mount Airy, MD with his wife Emily and has two adult children. He is also a board member for the Frederick County Civil War Round Table in Maryland.

Come join us and bring a friend!






A couple RT announcements to mention:

Our October 9, 2019 meeting will be a Roundtable discussion. 
We will debate what battles may have benefited from the use of balloons and which ones wouldn't have. 

Arrangements have been made for our annual Holiday Dinner at the Hungry Traveler on Beach Road in Salisbury. This year it'll be in Sunday, December 1, 2019. More details to come.

In other news, this summer the Museum of Old Newbury, has something
new  on the Civil War. It's actually part of a new exhibit, A Call to Arms: Newburyport Defends the Nation.

With help from our own roundtable member, William Hallett, the Museum of Old Newbury has revamped both the top floor exhibits on the Civil War and the Revolutionary War.

On display are items belonging to Luther Dame, A.W. Thompson (original owner of the oyster house now known as the Grog), Dr. George W. Snow, and other items from a death mask of William Lloyd Garrison and of course Caleb Cushing items. As they say on TV, "but wait, there's more..."

Formerly known at the Historical Society of Old Newbury, the Museum of Old Newbury offers a
wonderful array of history to the area once called Newbury, and which later broke into the towns of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury. 

The museum includes paintings  furniture, photographs, documents and other items as well as three buildings, such as the Perkins Mint. 

It's a great place to bring out-of-town guests and family. 
The MON is located at 98 High St (corner with Fruit St), Newburyport.

Residents of Newbury, Newburyport, West Newbury are FREE. Non-members at $5 adult and children under 12 free.

For more info, click HERE.
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