November 8–10, 2019, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sacramento,
Sponsored by Sacramento Civil War Round Table
Our Speakers are:
Chris Mackowski: A Professor of Journalism and
Mass Communication at Saint Bonaventure University, and the author of more than
10 books. He works with the National Parks Service and is the founder of the
Emerging Civil War Blog.
David A. Powell: A Vice-President of Airsped,
Inc., a delivery firm. He has published many articles in magazines &
historical simulations of different battles. He specializes and leads tours on
the Battle of Chickamauga.
Sarah Kay Bierle: A Managing Editor for Emerging
Civil War’s Blog. She has spent the last few years researching. writing, and
speaking across the country about the American Civil War.
Paul Kahan: An expert on the political,
diplomatic, and economic history of the United States in the nineteenth
century. Dr. Kahan has published several books and is a former resident of
Jim Stanbery: A retired Professor of Political
Science and History at Los Angeles Harbor College, and speaker at the West
Coast Civil War Conference for more than thirty years. He is a frequent CWRT
Theodore P. Savas: An attorney, adjunct college
instructor, award-winning author, and Partner and Managing Director of Savas
Beatie LLC. He specializes in military history and the American Civil War.
Edwin L. Kennedy Jr.: A graduate of West Point
and former Professor of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College
History Department & Combat Studies. He is the leader of staff rides,
including the Battle of Chickamauga.
The Conference cost is $200 per person, which includes
Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, as well as all sessions. A full hotel
breakfast buffet is included for guests staying at the hotel. Partial day
attendance: Friday Only is $50; Saturday Only is $125; Saturday Dinner and
Lecture Only is $50; Sunday Only is $25. There will be a no-host bar set-up
Friday and Saturday evenings for your enjoyment before dinner.
For more information, contact Paul Ruud at 530-886-8806.
Room reservations are available by calling the Crowne Plaza
Hotel directly at 877-504-0054 or online at www.crowneplaza.com. The hotel has
rooms set aside for us at $139 per night, plus tax. Please mention the
Join us at 7 PM, June 25, at Holder’s Country Inn in San Jose. See the UPCOMING MEETINGS/MEETING INFO tab for specific times and meeting details. This month’s topic is
Bill Yenne on “The Civil War Careers of Tom Custer”
The life, the legacy, and the Civil War years of Captain Thomas Ward Custer have long been overshadowed by those of his older brother—George Armstrong Custer—yet he was significant in his own right as the first soldier ever to be awarded two Medals of Honor. Tom fought at his brother’s side through the climactic battles of 1865 and during campaigns in the West, yet it is widely forgotten that he had two distinct Civil War careers—the first as an enlisted infantryman in an Ohio regiment, and a second as a cavalry officer in a Michigan brigade. Bill Yenne pulls back the curtain from the life of the wrongly overlooked younger brother and tells the stories of those two Civil War careers.
Bill Yenne is the award-winning author of numerous works of military history, as well as books on other historical subjects, including a highly regarded biography of Sitting Bull, and several novels. His recent book, The Other Custers: Tom, Boston Nevin & Maggie in the Shadow of George Armstrong Custer, tells the compelling stories of Tom and the “other” siblings, and how not one, not two, but three of the brothers died at the Little Bighorn. He lives in San Francisco, and on the web at www.BillYenne.com.
Join us at 7 PM, July 30, at Holder’s Country Inn in San Jose. See the UPCOMING MEETINGS/MEETING INFO tab for specific times and meeting details. This month’s topic is
Robert Burch on “Military Operations Out of State″
Bob’s presentation will focus on operations conducted by the California Volunteers during the Civil War in rough chronological order. Two battalions were first deployed to the Pacific Northwest to replace outbound Regular Army units joining the Army of the Potomac in late 1861. In early 1862 three regiments composed the famous California Column in its epic march across present-day Arizona and New Mexico into Western Texas during the heat of summer to assist repelling a Confederate invasion. This remains one of the classic marches in U.S. Army history in terms of organization and logical preparation. Later that same year another two regiments marched overland to Utah to defend the primary line of communications between California and the East. Finally, two regiments were concentrated in Southeast Arizona Territory to deter possible war with France as French forces occupied the Mexican state of Sonora in late 1864. Collectively these Volunteer units protected all U.S. territory west of the Rocky Mountains for nearly five years from outlaws, hostile Indians, and Confederate threats.
Bob Burch is a native Californian from Santa Clara County, a retired U.S. Army colonel and studied U.S. history with a concentration in U.S. military history at San Jose State University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and War College. He is also a lifetime student of the American Civil War. He read his first Civil War book while in the fifth grade. He had the opportunity to visit all of the principle and most secondary Civil War sites from Florida to Pennsylvania to New Mexico during his 30-year military career, including multiple week-long visits to Gettysburg, his favorite battlefield site. Like most CWRT members, he desires to understand his home state’s role in the war. He collected material for this presentation for over ten years followed by several years of analysis. This series documents his research in great detail. Time allows only a key points to be presented. Numerous period photographs and magazine drawings are included for visual effect with the intent of comprehending California’s role in the Civil War.