Roundtable News 9/30/2017)

The Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire will meet on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:15pm (doors open 6:45). We meet at the Epping Town Hall, Epping, NH.

We hope you'll enjoy the concept of a Roundtable and join us as a member. Our season runs from September through June. The rate is $25/individual and $40/household. Remember dues help run our group and pay our bills. Dues are due for members.

We are pleased to welcome the return of Professor Michael Pierson with a presentation on his new book, "Lt Spalding in Civil War Louisiana: A Union Officer's Humor, Privilege and Ambition."

The Civil War letters that have been preserved are usually serious letters to family and spouses. But when 22-year-old Lt. Stephen Spalding's wrote his one surviving letter to his best friend all bets were off. Here is a different Civil War--one part comic explosion of drinking and carousing through the streets of New Orleans mixed with equal parts of fear and ambition. What emerges from studying one very special letter is our first biography of a junior officer--and a much more candid portrayal of what many young men thought and felt during the war.

Michael Pierson is a professor at U Mass Lowell and teaches history. He is the author of Mutiny at Fort Jackson and has visited our group in 2009.

Some interesting things are happening this fall and we encourage anyone to check these out and perhaps tell us how they went.

The Exeter Historical Society is hosting a "Stanton Book Talk" on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 7-8pm. It's a book talk on the book written by Walter Stahr. Details HERE.

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.

William Hallett,
Feb 28, 2017, 6:56 PM