2009/10 GUEST SPEAKER SCHEDULE
Meetings start at 6:00pm and are held at the Officers Club at Fort Snelling. There is a social hour followed by dinner and speaker.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 – Robert Miller
TITLE: “Both Prayed to the Same God: Religion and Faith in the American Civil War”
Bob is a catholic priest (32 years ordained), pastor of a Southside Chicago congregation, and former president of the Chicago Civil War Round Table.
Dinner choices: roast pork, chicken, or a vegetarian entrée
OCTOBER 20, 2009 – Randolph Watkins
TITLE: “The Battle of Five Forks – Acoustic Shadows, Baked Shad and how they sealed the fate of the Confederacy.”
Randy is a park ranger at the Petersburg National Battlefield with several years experience interpreting the “Waterloo of the Confederacy.”
NOVEMBER 17, 2009 – Richard DiNardo
TITLE: “Bigger than the ‘Burgs: The Tullahoma-Chickamauga-Chattanooga Campaign of 1863”
Richard is a Professor for National Security Affairs at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia. His research focus has been both WWII and the American Civil War.
DECEMBER 15, 2009 –Bruce Evans & Deborah Lightner
TITLE: “Civil War Wounds – Case Study Joshua Chamberlain”
Bruce is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. Deborah is an Associate Professor of Urology also, at the Mayo Clinic.
JANUARY 19, 2010 – James Schmidt
TITLE: “Lincolns Labels: Americas’ Best Known Brands and the Civil War”
Jim is the author of more than fifty articles and books on American History with special emphasis on the Civil War.
FEBRUARY 16, 2010 – Terrence Winschel
TITLE: “Shut Up As In A Trap: Citizens Under Siege – Vicksburg”
Terry is the Chief Historian of Vicksburg National Military Park and is the author or editor of several books related to the Civil War.
MARCH 16, 2010 – Timothy Smith
TITLE: “Shiloh; History, Memory, and the Establishment of a National Military Park”
Tim is a Professor of History at the University of Tennessee. He is a veteran of the National Park Service with several years at Shiloh. His Doctotate research and main interest has been Civil War battlefield preservation.
APRIL 24, 2010 – Annual Civil War Symposium
9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Fort Snelling History Center
TITLE: “America on the Eve of Civil War“
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The Americans of 1860 faced what they characterized as an irrepressible conflict that would change everything in their lives and reinvent the United States. This is the first in a series of Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposia sponsored by the Rochester, the St. Croix Valley, the Cannon Valley, the St. Cloud, the Hiawatha and the Twin Cities Civil War Roundtables in cooperation with the Minnesota Historical Society. Admission is free for students!
MAY 18, 2010 – Mary DeCredico
TITLE: “Confederate Richmond- How the City Mobilized”
Mary is a Professor of History at the United States Naval Academy. Her research interests are: The boundary between “objective” military expertise and “subjective” cultural factors in the mid-nineteenth century united States. And, what aspects of military professionalism and effectiveness are not contingent on political, ideological, and cultural factors?
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