Roundtable News (1/28/19)

The next meeting of the Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack will be on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Hilton Center, 43 Lafayette Rd (Rte 1), Salisbury, MA. This will be our annual meeting and dues are not only due, but elections will be held for the leadership of the RT.
Aside from the elections, there will be a program for the evening.

Bill Hallett will present, "Presidents Who Served in the Civil War."

Many of our U.S. Presidents have military experience and it's often an edge a candidate has when running for office. But many of the men who served in the Executive Branch after the Civil War, had served in the Civil War in some military capacity, ending with the beginning of the 20th century. (pictured right: Chester A. Arthur)

Our first inclination is to think of U.S. Grant as we all know he served as president not long after the war. But there's so much more. 

Which two presidents served in the same regiment? Who has a memorial erected to him on the Antietam Battlefield for serving coffee? Which president paid for a substitute to avoid the draft? 

These questions and more will be covered in a very appropriate topic near Presidents' Day weekend.
(pictured left: Pvt. William McKinley)

Bill is the author of Newburyport and the Civil War (History Press 2012) and is a passionate history nut! He's been a reenactor/living historian for over 20 years including a volunteer at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth as well as at the Daniel Lady Farm at Gettysburg, PA.

From 2010-2015, he and his wife, Elizabeth, hosted "Footsteps of Heroes: Civil War Walking Tour of Newburyport," and occasionally may do more tours. 

He's past president of the Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire and runs the web sites for both that group and ours. 

A former radio announcer, Bill loves to chat about history and genealogy.  

Although not the topic for this night, Bill will have copies of his book for sale and signing.
Music and more music!

Looking for a fun and free thing to do this winter? Come to Epping, NH, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 3pm, for an afternoon of Civil War music with Marek Bennett and Woody Pringle. (pictured right) The two musicians are members of the Hardtacks and are presented by the New Hampshire Humanities. The program will be held at the Harvey Mitchell Library.

If you want to hear more Civil War music, check out "The Irish Volunteer," with Amesbury native, Mark LaPointe at the Amesbury Public Library on March 11, 2019 from 6-7pm. (below: Mark LaPointe)

This is a historical presentation told through song of the Irish  
immigration to America and their proud service within the ranks of the  
Union Army during the American Civil War. It is performed in period  
uniform and uses period instrumentation. A slide show of images  
accompanies the music as well. 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amesbury Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Registration is required

CONTACT: Margie Walker  978-388-8148

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