SPEAKER SCHEDULE 2013 - 2014

APRIL 10, 2014    David Leroy will discuss The Book that Elected Lincoln, the publication of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Lincoln’s role in their publication, and the role of their publication in his election as president in 1860.  A former prosecutor, attorney general, and lieutenant governor of Idaho, David Leroy has served as United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator and  Chairman of the Governors Council of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  The author of Mr. Lincoln's Book: Publishing the Lincoln-Douglas Debates With a Census of Signed Copies, he has written and spoken about Lincoln for more than 30 years.
 
MAY 8, 2014   Michael Burlingame will discuss: What New Can Be Said About Abraham Lincoln?  He will explore fresh sources of information he has found and the new light they shed on Lincoln, his inner life, and on race, with specific focus on the origins of Lincoln's hatred of slavery, his miserable marriage to Mary Todd, his relations with his parents and children, and his midlife crisis.  Professor of Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois - Springfield, Michael Burlingame is the author or editor of a dozen books, including the multiple prizewinning Abraham Lincoln: A Life and The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln.

MAY 22, 20 Wayne Motts, Civil War Historian, Author, Licensed Battlefield Guide, and CEO of the National Civil War Museum will present a program entitled, “Fighting the Civil War”: Treasures from the Collection of the The National Civil War Museum".  Mr. Motts is author of Trust in God and Fear Nothing: Lewis A. Armistead, CSA. His program will highlight some of the most significant and special items held in the collection of this world class educational facility which opened in 2001.

The National Civil War Museum, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is some 65,000 square feet in size with more than 21,000 square feet dedicated to exhibit and educational areas telling the complete story of America’s most divisive conflict. The museum holds more than 24,000 artifacts, images, and paper materials related to the war.

THE 2013 - 2014 SEASON REVISITED

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013   Lance Weller will talk about the legacy and impact of the Civil War on those who fought it.  His highly praised novel, Wilderness, tells of a Confederate who barely survived the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House, battles the novel describes in vivid personal detail.  Living on the coast of the Olympic Peninsula 36 years later, the veteran is still haunted by the past when he sets out on a trek across the Olympic Mountains.

OCTOBER 10, 2013   Ed Malles will present a brief history of the 50th NY Volunteer Engineers, their recruitment, training, and service in the Army of the Potomac, with a description of pontoon bridge building. He will describe their journey to Fredericksburg in desperate conditions, the debacle that unfolded there, as well as command failures at Fredericksburg and alternate plans for crossing the Rappahannock.  Ed Malles is the Editor of Bridge Building In Wartime: Colonel Wesley Brainerds Memoir (Voices of the Civil War Series).
NOVEMBER 14, 2013   Professor Scott Sagan will discuss Pickett's Other Charge: The Hidden History of a Confederate General's Indian Son.  Jimmie Pickett was George Pickett's mixed-race son born near Fort Bellingham, whom George gave to settlers near Olympia when he left Washington Territory to join the Confederacy in 1861.  An article by Professor Sagan and his son Samuel in the Wall Street Journal tells of Jimmie Pickett and of the efforts of LaSalle Corbell Pickett, his stepmother back east, to cover up his existence.  A Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, Sagan is the author or editor of many works, including Moving Targets and Spread of Nuclear Weapons - A Debate Renewed ((2nd,)03) by Sagan, Scott D - Waltz, Kenneth N [Paperback (2002)].
 
DECEMBER 12, 2013   Rick Solomon will discuss George Sears Greene, the oldest general in the Army of the Potomac in 1862.  A Rhode Islander and an 1823 West Point graduate, Greene left the Army in 1836 for a successful career as a civil engineer.  Greene’s two great moments during the Civil War came at Antietam’s Dunkard Church and Gettysburg’s Culp's Hill, where his lone brigade turned back a critical Confederate attack on the Baltimore Pike.  After the war Greene returned to his engineering practice and lived to be 97 years old.  Let no one say that Rick Solomon, a past president and current vice-president of the PSCWRT, gives presentations only about Confederates! 
 
JANUARY 9, 2014    Walter Stahr will discuss William Henry Seward and the Pacific Northwest.  Most people know about Seward's purchase of Alaska as well as his earlier service as Lincoln's Secretary of State during the Civil War.  Few, however, know about his longstanding interest in the Pacific Northwest:  Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska.  Seward not only purchased Alaska, but he also came close to acquiring British Columbia.  Author of the acclaimed new biography Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man, Walter Stahr will discuss these and other aspects of Seward's life.
FEBRUARY 13, 2014    Steve Raymond will describe the 78th Illinois Infantry’s baptism of fire.  After a year of service, the 78th Illinois had yet to "see the elephant," but in September 1863 the regiment faced its first combat on the second day at Chickamauga.  The 78th drove a veteran Confederate unit from the crest of Horseshoe Ridge, and then held on against a furious series of counterattacks, losing nearly a hundred men and ending up under the temporary command of a young lieutenant.  Its heroism helped General George Thomas earn his immortal nickname, the Rock of Chickamauga.  Steve Raymond tells the full story of the 78th in his tenth book, In the Very Thickest of the Fight: The Civil War Service of the 78th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, published by Globe Pequot Press.  
MARCH 13, 2014   Dick Miller will talk about the Cherokee warriors at the Battle of Pea Ridge, the defection of half the Confederate Cherokee forces after the battle, and the Watie-Ross dispute that practically destroyed the Cherokee Nation. No group demonstrated the brother-against-brother nature of the Civil War more than the Cherokee.  Bitter rivalries, dating back to the loss of ancestral lands in the East during the 1830's, caused the Cherokee Nation to split between North and South and led to vicious intra-tribal fighting between 1861 and 1865.  Dick Miller is a past president of the Round Table and silent auctioneer extraordinaire.