René Accornero on “William Henry Seward, Secretary of State”
William Henry Seward (Wikipedia)
William Henry Seward was a politician who was born in 1801 in the state of New York. Seward studied law at Union College, graduating as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was then admitted to the New York State Bar. In 1821 he met Frances Adeline Miller and they married 3 years later and raised six children.
In 1846 Seward defended an African American who was accused of stabbing four people to death. Seward was an advocate of prison reform and better treatment for the insane, and won a verdict for the defendant using the defense of insanity. Many whites felt bitter toward Seward for defending a black man who had killed whites.
Seward encountered a problem while traveling and a stranger named Thurlow Weed stopped to help out. That was the beginning of a life-long friendship and Weed helped Seward enter politics and was instrumental in this role throughout Seward’s political career. Seward first served as a member of the New York State Senate. In 1839, he won election as the 12th Governor of New York. And from 1849-1861, he served as US Senator from New York. Continue reading
This year’s West Coast Civil War Roundtable Conference will be held on a cruise ship! The dates are November 1–4, 2013, departing from and returning to Los Angeles. Information about the registering for the cruise, as well as details of the very impressive speaker lineup, are available at http://civilwarcruise.org/
Based on “Was Grant Really Surprised at Shiloh?” by Bob Hubbs
Q#1 – Was the Battle of Shiloh a planned or accidental engagement? Continue reading
Bob Hubbs on “Was General Grant Really Surprised at Shiloh?”
Battle of Shiloh by Thure de Thulstrup (Wikipedia)
Bob addressed a few provocative questions about this famous battle:
- Shiloh – the horrible experience during which Grant became a general and Lincoln is elevated to Commander-In–Chief – How so?
- Grant and his trial by fire – What happened to him?
- Shiloh, the never expected, the least understood, and the most painful experience of the American Civil War – Why?
- Shiloh – the battle with more myths and less facts than any major killing of American soldiers – How can this be? Continue reading
Based on “The Battle at Fredericksburg, Part 2” by Alan Sissenwein
Q#1 – What Union commander was the first to occupy the town of Fredericksburg? Continue reading
Alan Sissenwein on “The Battle at Fredericksburg, Part 2″
Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside
Alan concluded his two-part presentation, covering the main portion of the 1862 battle and its aftermath.
Meeting Minutes February 2013
Tom Roza wrote the following summary.
Alan Sissenwein conducted the second of a two-part presentation on the Battle at Fredericksburg. Part 1 had covered all the activities up thru December 12, 1862; Part 2 covered the main portion of the battle and its aftermath. Continue reading
Based on “The Battle at Fredericksburg, Part 1″ by Alan Sissenwein
Q#1 – The presentation began in January 1863, after the actual Battle of Fredericksburg. How did General Burnside celebrate being relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac? Continue reading
Alan Sissenwein on “The Battle at Fredericksburg, Part 1″
Kurz & Allison–Battle of Fredericksburg (Wikipedia)
Tom Roza provided the following meeting summary.
Alan Sissenwein conducted the first of a two-part presentation on the Battle at Fredericksburg. Part 1 covered all the activities up thru December 12, 1862; Part 2 at the February 26, 2013, meeting will cover the main portion of the battle and its aftermath. Continue reading
Kevin Starr in Walnut Creek
The Walnut Creek Library has announced a very interesting series of Civil War events in 2013. See their website for a listing.
Webmaster Hal Jespersen attended one of the lectures and posted a summary on his website: http://www.posix.com/CW13/index.html#WalnutCreek
The June 2010 issue of Civil War News has an article about our CWRT! Continue reading