Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation

Important Dispatches


By Mark Terry
Yes, as you see below, VP of Programming Pat Brady has lined up another excellent group of speakers for us this year. Be sure to get your dues in so you can be a full participant! You have gotten a letter from Treasurer Jeff Rombauer by this time. Please fill it out and send the SASE back with your dues included. You can also pay dues via the website’s PayPal link. PLEASE NOTE that dues are now $25 single or couple. Thanks so much!


The descriptions below have been edited for space. For a more in-depth description of speaker topics and their backgrounds, CLICK HERE!

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 (See above)

OCTOBER 12, 2017  Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh, Associate Professor of History, United States Naval Academy, will discuss the Civil War and the origins of modern warfare

NOVEMBER 9, 2017  Richard A. Hanks will discuss the book he edited, Vermont's Proper Son: The Letters of Soldier and Scholar Edwin Hall Higley, 1861-1871. Higley served as a lieutenant with the 1st Vermont Cavalry, Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865. 

DECEMBER 14, 2017  Professor Lesley J. Gordon will discuss A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut’s Civil War. The 16th Connecticut was badly bloodied at Antietam in 1862 and surrendered en masse in North Carolina in 1864. A Broken Regiment focuses on this regiment of Union volunteers who struggled in many ways before, during and after their actual encounters on the battlefield.

JANUARY 11, 2018  John McKay will discuss Civil War and Civil Liberties--A Painful Legacy?, including President Abraham Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus, the reasons for the suspension, and its later reflection in the decision to set up Guantanamo Bay. 

FEBRUARY 8, 2018  Karen Meador will discuss the Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Road (still known as Military Road in South King County), a road linked to Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, George Pickett, George McClellan, Joseph Hooker, and other Civil War figures. 

1) Jeff McLaughlin on his great-grandfather Daniel Joseph McLaughlin, Wagoner, 17th Wisconsin (aka the Irish Regiment), February to December 1862, with discussion of the challenges of medical records and serendipitous genealogical finds;
2) Nick Adams on Away at War: A Civil War Story of the Family Left Behind by a soldier of the 2nd Minnesota; 
3) Ed Malles on Jackson in the Shenandoah and McClellan on the Peninsula, 1862, considered as one combined campaign, with Lee and Jackson controlling Union decisions through their superior strategy and brilliant tactics;
4) Lou Berquest on the letters of his grandfather Francis Bergqvist, 4th Minnesota Infantry, 1861-65, at Corinth, Iuka, Vicksburg, Atlanta, and the March to the Sea and the Carolinas.

APRIL 12, 2018  Rick Solomon, Round Table Past President, will discuss Longstreet’s Winter of Discontent, 1863-1864, including the Knoxville Campaign and evaluating Longstreet’s clashes with three longtime subordinate generals: his childhood friend and First Corps Division Commander, Lafayette McLaws; Evander Law, the excellent brigade commander in Hood’s Division; and Jerome Robertson, the commander of the Texas Brigade. 

MAY 10, 2018 Stephen Murphy will discuss the book he has edited, The Perfect Scout, the first-person narrative of George Quimby, detailed as a scout for Sherman’s March to the Sea. While delivering dispatches to the blockading fleet through Rebel lines and surviving close escapes from Confederate forces, Quimby encountered plantation owners and slaves, sometimes receiving assistance from them, and even meeting his future wife.


Several members have birthdays in September and we’d like to acknowledge their special day. They are:

Rick Bonk
Wendell Carlson
Patrick Eakin
Patricia Ford
Malcolm Garber
Henry Grenley
Andrew Hoyal

Verlin Judd
Denny Luthie
John F. “Jeff” McLaughlin
Cheryl Nunn
Haley Ohrt
Tim Rensema
Mark Terry