Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation

News & Projects


By Mark Terry
It is with regret that we announce that two active members have stepped down from their positions in leadership.

Marilyn “Rex” Rexilius, has been a very active member and lately has been Vice-President of Membership. Rex stepped down at the end of May, 2017 for health reasons. One of the reasons Rex joined the Round Table is that she felt welcome when she first came. Taking that as her motivation, she worked hard at each meeting to help visitors feel welcome and accepted. Eventually she decided to become involved in the board as Membership VP. She has also been working on “Behind the Lines”. We want to thank her for her outstanding work on the Round Table’s behalf. Rex will be difficult to replace.

Another PSCWRT member who joined over 20 years ago and has done just about everything at one point or another is James “Jim” Dimond. Jim has recently been helping the Round Table by advising the board on matters related to the discovery, marking and burial of Civil War veterans. In the past, Jim has served as President and as a long-time board member in various positions. Jim reported that he is having some serious health issues and will also be leaving the Round Table as well. He may return at some point once his health concerns stabilize. Jim’s wife Loretta has also been active in the Round Table and in finding Civil War veterans in Washington State. Thank you for all the time you’ve spent over the years helping the PSCWRT in one way or another!

UPCOMING EVENTS! Please write them on your calendar.

“Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War”
Speaker: Joanne Rajoppi
September 21, 2017,
Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, Washington 98004

Due to the response to the “Behind the Lines” project, the PSCWRT is proud to present the first of many speakers regarding what took place with Civilians during the Civil War.

THREE MILLION husbands, fathers, sons, uncles and brothers marched to war between 1861 and 1865. Of that number, nearly 750,000 never returned home. For Mary Ann Hamilton of New Jersey the conflict separated her from her husband and three sons. Her beloved youngest ultimately perished in battle and her war-wounded husband lingered in pain at home before finally dying.
Rendered economically helpless, a woman like Mary Ann with young children--including a daughter considered "insane" at the time--eked out a living as best she could.

Northern Women tells the story of the perseverance and stamina of women facing an altered world, many of whom were confronted by widowhood, burdened with returning soldiers addicted to alcoholism or drugs, or strained by the care of men suffering from post-traumatic stress. The story of the Hamilton family relates the legacy as well as the dreams and hopes that these women left their children in the context of a rapidly evolving America--the new Federal pension system, the westward migration, industrialization and the start of the modern business culture--all of which opened new careers for women leading to their eventual emancipation at the start of the twentieth century.

History Walk
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Calvary Cemetery in Seattle.

Please mark Saturday, October 14 on the calendar.  That's the day we'll be engaged in a History Walk of Calvary Cemetery (Seattle) learning about the lives of Civil War soldiers buried there, as well as other famous Washingtonians like Governor Albert D. Rosellini.  Steve Clayton (VP- Partnerships) and his wife Patti have been working and planning for this event. This is not only open to our members, but to the general public as well. There are plans afoot to organize future “History Walks” similar to this one. For a flyer, click

Interment of Civil War Veteran
September 28, 2017
Washington Veterans Home Cemetery

The remains of Musician Zachariah M. Stucker, Company A, 48th Illinois Infantry, will be interred at the Washington Veterans Home Cemetery, 901 Olney Road, Port Orchard, WA. Thursday, September 28, 2017. Time 1 p.m. Please contact Heidia@dva.wa.gov for more information.