Speakers & Events

December 11, 2018 - General Richard "Dick" Ewell

December 11, 2018 - General Richard

Presented by Jack Waugh, Author and Historian


Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner: 6 PM Program starts at 7 PM


( Menu: Chicken Piccata, Roasted New Potatoes, Julienne Vegetables, Garden Salad and Dessert - Cost $13. Please RSVP to Jim Rosenthal by return email or by calling or texting 817-307-9263.)

General Richard "Dick" Ewell graduated from West Point in 1840, served in the Mexican War and was home on sick leave when the Civil War began in 1861. He joined the Confederate Army as a Colonel and was promoted to Brigadier General in June of 1861 and Major General in 1862. Ewell played an important role in Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign and in the Seven Days' battles. In August of 1862 he lost a leg at the Battle of Groveton. He returned to duty in May of 1863 to take over Jackson's Corps II in the Army of Northern Virginia. While an able subordinate commander, he was not as effective in this new role. Many blamed Ewell for the defeat at Gettysburg as a result of his decision not to take Cemetery Hill on the 1st day. Ewell fought with distinction throughout the balance of the War, was wounded twice more and eventually was captured at Sayler's Creek. Known to his men as "Old Bald Head," he had "a fighting spirit along with a sharp tongue and an odd sense of humor."

Knowing Jack Waugh, I assure you that the presentation will feature a good bit of Ewell's humor. Jack is a former newspaper reporter and bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor. As such, he has an eye for a good story. He often says he starts his research in the footnotes of other books. He is the author of 12 Civil War books. His Class of 1846 is listed as one of the top 100 Civil War books of all time. This should be an enjoyable and informative presentation. See you on the 11th.

For more information, send email to jimrosenthal5757@aol.com.

November 13, 2018 - The Generals and Mr. Lincoln

November 13, 2018 - The Generals and Mr. Lincoln

Presented by George Buss - Historian and Lincoln Impersonator

Location - UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner - 6PM Program starts at 7PM


(Menu: Home style Meatloaf, mashed new potatoes, Sauteed beans and carrots, salad and dessert. $13.00 per person. Please RSVP to jimrosenthal5757@aol.com or call or text 817-307-9263.)

Dateline: March 1864
President Abraham Lincoln has just made Ulysses S. Grant general-in-chief of the Union Army. Grant will hold the rank of Lieutenant General. In this presentation President Lincoln will discuss the reasons for the selection of General Grant. He will also give us his views on some of the other candidates for the position such as General George G. Meade and General Henry Halleck as well as others who have held leading roles in the Union Army like General Winfield Scott and General George McClellan. President Lincoln will be available for questions on the Grant appointment as well as other topics related to his Presidency.

George Buss as Abraham Lincoln
As Lincoln said about himself, so too, George “is 6 foot 4 inches tall, nearly and weighs between 160 and 180 pounds.” George Buss is a 6th generation Illinoisan who, for the past 30 years, has interpreted Abraham Lincoln for thousands of audiences across the United States to critical acclaim including C-Span, Lincoln Forum, Mariners Museum and American Queen Steamship Co. George was asked to give the Gettysburg Address for the National Commemoration at Gettysburg in 2015. Since then he was asked to appear at Gettysburg annually. (In fact, he will be in Gettysburg the day after he does his North Texas Round Table tour.) Jack Waugh has known George for over 20 years and has been with him at many events and tours. Jack’s comment on George: “He is the best. You will not be disappointed.”

See you on the 13th!

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October 9, 2018 - A Curious War: F. A. Gearing and the Civil War

October 9, 2018 - A Curious War: F. A. Gearing and the Civil War

Presented by Dr. Richard McCaslin, Professor - UNT
Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner: 6PM Program: Starts at 7PM


(Dinner Menu: Beef and Italian Sausage Lasagna, bread sticks, Caesar Salad and Dessert. $13 per person. RSVP to Jim Rosenthal by email or by calling or texting 817-307-9263)

Franklin A. G. Gearing lies buried in the Masonic section of the Silver Terrace cemetery in Virginia City, Nevada, beneath a marker that claims that he was a major for the Confederate States of America. In fact, Gearing was never a major for the Confederacy, but he was a blockade runner, a prisoner of war for both the Union and Confederate armies (at different times, of course), a Union officer, a Confederate private in Hood's Texas Brigade wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness, an inventor, and the father of the first woman to serve as a full professor at the University of Texas at Austin (a building is named for her). His story is a great lesson in why real history is often much more fun, and useful, than the false memories that people create.

Richard “Rick” McCaslin (M.A. at LSU, Ph.D. at UT-Austin), a professor of history at the University of North Texas, is the author of eleven books including ”Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862.” (His book was the inspiration for our fund raising project of 2017-2018 and we will present our check to the Gainesville organization at our meeting.) His book “Fighting Stock: John S. "Rip" Ford of Texas” won the Pate Award in 2011. Rick is a great friend and supporter of our Round Table. He is also an outstanding and entertaining speaker. Don’t miss this event – you will not be disappointed. See you on the 9th!

September 11, 2018 - The Generals of Shiloh

September 11, 2018 - The Generals of Shiloh

Presented by Larry Tagg - Author and Historian

Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner: 6PM Program: starts at 7PM



The United States in 1860 was an unmilitary nation with a tiny standing army. When war broke out in Charleston Harbor in April 1861, hundreds of new generals had to be minted to command hundreds of thousands of new soldiers. These new warrior-leaders were not professionals, but were elevated overnight from a hodge-podge of street-level occupations.

The Battle of Shiloh - the first large engagement in the West - was the proving ground for many of these new commanders. Of the 63 Generals at Shiloh, only 14 were serving as career soldiers when Fort Sumter fell, a year before the battle. Thirteen more were lawyers, prominent in their communities and well-connected. Twelve were politicians, including the previous Vice President of the United States, now a Confederate. There were five businessmen (including an Iowa hatter), four plantation owners, two teachers, a millwright, a sheriff, a blacksmith, a riverboatman, a geologist, a horsebreeder, a bishop, a newspaper editor, a farmer, a cotton broker, a stagecoach operator, a bridge engineer, a Navy ordnance officer, and an architect. The most famous of them all, Ulysses S. Grant, was clerking at his father’s dry goods store in Illinois.

A study of the generals of Shiloh also illuminates the entire history of the Western Theater in the first year of the war. Shiloh was the improbable rendezvous of more than a hundred thousand Americans. There were men here who had fought in and brought experience from every battle in the West over the previous twelve months. Mostly, however, Shiloh was a meeting of young men who had never fired a gun in anger. Some of the new recruits had just received the first muskets they had ever held. That they fought so hard and so well in dense, ravine-crossed woods, under amateur officers, is an indication of the intensity of their will to fight.

The consequences of the Battle of Shiloh were profound. Strategically, the Union armies, by defeating the Confederate concentration of the Army of the Mississippi, opened the way to capturing the rail hub of Corinth on May 30 and the city of Memphis on June 6, 1862, two months after the battle. The horrific casualty totals that appeared in the nation’s newspapers, however, produced both the most immediate and the longest-lasting result of the battle: its effect on the nation’s psyche. More than twenty thousand men lay on the field killed or wounded at the battle’s end (and 19 of the 63 Generals), a number which shocked and dismayed the entire American public.

Born in Lincoln, Illinois, Larry Tagg graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. A bass player/singer of world renown, Larry co-founded and enjoyed substantial commercial success with “Bourgeois Tagg” in the mid-1980s. He went on to play bass for Todd Rundgren, Heart, Hall and Oates, and other acts. He recently retired after teaching high school drama, English and Asians and Middle Eastern literature in the prestigious Humanities and International Studies Program in Sacramento, CA. Larry is the author of the bestselling book The Generals of Gettysburg, a selection of the Military Book Club, and The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln.

Looking forward to seeing everyone back after our Summer break. Join us on the 11th for this excellent presentation!

For more information, send email to jimrosenthal5757@aol.com.

January 8, 2019 - Pate Award Presentation

Presentation of Award Followed by Talk from Honoree

Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner: 6 PM Program starts at 7 PM

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February 12, 2019 - A Campaign of Giants - The Battle for Petersburg

Presentation by A. Wilson Greene - Author and Historian

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March 12,2019 - Program with Ed Bearss - Topic to be Announced

Presentation by Ed Bearss - Chief Historian Emeritus - National Park Service

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April 9, 2019 - The Battles and Campaigns of Nathan Bedford Forrest

Presentation by John Scales - Author and Historian

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May 14, 2019 - The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Presentation by Dr. John Marszalek - Professor Emeritus - Mississippi State University

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May 8, 2018 - A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn

May 8, 2018 - A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn

Presented by James Donovan, Author and Historian

Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner: 6 PM Program: 7 PM

(Menu: Chicken Parmesan, Penne Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Garden Salad, and Dessert. Cost $13 per person. RSVP to Jim Rosenthal at jimrosenthal5757@aol.com or by calling or texting 817-307-9263.)

Probably the two most famous battles in American History are the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Countless books have been written on both. We have had many presentations on different aspects of the Battle of Gettysburg - never one on the Little Bighorn. Granted it occurred 11 years after the last battle of the Civil War. But by creatively using the common thread of George Armstrong Custer we are closing our Season with the story of this much discussed, researched and argued Battle.

How did a group of native americans defeat the much lauded 7th Cavalry under the leadership of the gallant Civil War hero - General (Col.) George Custer? Was he reckless? Was he betrayed? How were the Sioux and the Cheyenne able to unite and form a cohesive fighting unit? These and many more questions are continually being asked about the battle 142 years later.

Here is the good part. In my opinion (shared by the historians at the Battlefield) the best book written on the Battle is A Terrible Glory - the subject of our May 8th presentation. A combination of excellent research using both white and native american sources, archaeological evidence and a clear understanding of the battle site, James (Jim) Donovan has created what Hampton Sides described as: "the new benchmark in literary scholarship of this most controversial engagement at the core of our national identity."

James (Jim) Donovan will be with us to discuss the battle, answer your questions and help give us some clarity to the story of George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. This is an event you should not miss! See you on the 8th!

April 10, 2018 - OUR CIVIL WAR: MEN, MYTHS AND A FORGOTTEN MILITARY REVOLUTION

April 10, 2018 - OUR CIVIL WAR: MEN, MYTHS AND A FORGOTTEN MILITARY REVOLUTION

Presented by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ralph Peters, Author, Commentator and Historian

Location - UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner - 6PM Program begins at 7PM


(Menu: Beef Lasagna, Grilled Vegetables, Garlic Bread, Caesar Salad, and Dessert - $13.00 per person. Please RSVP to jimrosenthal5757@aol.com or by calling or texting 817-307-9263.)

Last year, I asked Ralph Peters why he wrote historical novels instead of history books. His answer was very revealing: "I write novels because they are able to convey the emotions, feelings, fears and aspirations of the participants. They cover the same facts but with a focus on the people." With that background here is the synopsis of his talk:

"Ralph Peters will discuss a range of topics, from the misunderstood influence of the Mexican War on our Civil War; the wartime legacy of the frontier Army; a forgotten 'revolution in military affairs;' myths we believe that don't match the facts, and the problems of battlefield leadership...all with a focus on the human dimension, North and South."

Ralph Peters is a bestselling author whose dramatized histories of the Civil War have won multiple prizes, along with critical praise as the most realistic and accurate Civil War novels ever written. A retired U.S. Army officer and former enlisted man, Ralph also has written widely on strategy and security for dozens of national newspapers, magazines and journals. As a soldier, researcher and journalist, he has experience in eighty countries and six continents, but his core specialty has been Russian affairs. He has been fascinated by the Civil War since his childhood during the conflict's centennial and regards his current epic study of our Civil War in the eastern theater as the most important work he has ever done.

We will have a good supply of his books for purchase and signing at the meeting. This should be a fascinating and memorable presentation. Don't miss it. (and feel free to bring a friend). See you on the 10th!

March 13, 2018 - The Battle of Brice's Cross Roads

March 13, 2018 - The Battle of Brice's Cross Roads

Presented by Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service

Location - UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner - 6PM Program starts at 7PM


(Menu: Chicken Piccata, New Potatoes, Grilled Vegetables, Salad and Dessert. Cost $13. Please RSVP to Jim Rosenthal by responding to this email or by calling or texting at 817-307-9263)

In June of 1864 Union General William Tecumseh Sherman was in the middle of his Atlanta Campaign. His massive Army had plenty to contend with in their march through Georgia, but one of his biggest concerns was "that Devil" Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest with 3,000 cavalry troops in his rear. So he dispatched S. D. Sturgis from Memphis with 4,800 infantry and 3,000 cavalry to take care of this threat. Big mistake. Forrest detected the Union Army sent to do battle with him. He met the challenge by striking Sturgis' Army at Brice's Cross Roads. The result was a stunning victory for Forrest showing his tactical and battlefield superiority. This is one of the most amazing stories of the Civil War and we have the perfect person to tell it - Ed Bearss.

Ed needs no introduction to our group - or to any group with a Civil War interest. He has spent his lifetime studying, teaching, writing, recounting and documenting the War. He was on the front lines a Marine in WWII but he has also been on the front lines as Chief Historian of the NPS, saving Civil War battlefields and leading hundreds of tours. Don't miss this event and feel free to bring a friend. See you on the 13th!

February 13, 2018 - John Ericsson and the USS Monitor: The Genius behind the Warship that Revolutionized Naval Warfare

February 13, 2018 - John Ericsson and the USS Monitor:
The Genius behind the Warship that Revolutionized Naval Warfare

Presented by Dr. Bill Cogar, Executive Director, Historic Naval Ships Association

Location - UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner - 6PM Program starts at 7PM


(Dinner: Samon glazed with maple and ginger, Rice Pilaf, mixed vegetables, salad and dessert. $15 . To RSVP, respond to this email or send a text or call Jim Rosenthal at 817-307-9263)

The USS Monitor is a ship well known for changing the course of naval warfare during her one and only battle in her short life. Historians agree that the ship was revolutionary, but the real question is: Who were the key figures behind the success of the “cheesebox on a raft?” Certainly, those who commanded and fought the ship in March 1862 are recognized and celebrated. But the real genius was the ship’s designer, the Swedish engineer John Ericsson.
This talk will look at this extraordinary man and the huge challenges he faced, the setbacks he endured, and the obstacles he overcame in creating the Monitor – all at a critical time in the course of the American Civil War and in the engineering and technologies of naval warfare in the mid-19th century.
Dr. Bill Cogar received his doctorate from Oxford University and was a Professor of Naval History at Annapolis from 1983 to 1998. He was instrumental in transforming and modernizing the Naval Museum at the Academy. He went on to head several other museums including The Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Virginia (the current home of the Monitor) retiring in 2011. He now heads the Historic Naval Ships Association. Bill is widely recognized as one of the top naval historians and the expert on this fascinating story of Ericsson and the Monitor. Don't miss this program! See you on the 13th!

January 9, 2018 - Andrew Masich Wins 2017 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award

January 9, 2018 - Andrew Masich Wins 2017 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award

Dr. Andrew Masich will speak on his book Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands: 1861-1867

Location - UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner - 6PM Program starts at 7PM


Dinner: Penne Pasta with Garlic Shrimp, Roma Tomatoes and Basil; Vegetables - Zucchini, Squash and Bell Peppers; Caesar Salad and Dessert, Cost $15. Please RSVP to jimrosenthal5757@aol.com or by text or phone to 817-307-9263.

At times it seems that everything that needs to be written about the Trans-Mississippi sector of the Civil War has already been written. Yet, we received numerous excellent entries in the Pate Award competition for 2017 - the best of which was selected to be Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands: 1861-1867 by Andrew Masich. This book expertly shows how the Civil War in this area was actually three Civil Wars with Anglos, Indians and Hispanos as the protagonists. All three groups were fighting for survival and dominance The result was a peculiar mixture of conflict and interdependence.

Most of us know the story of the early stages of the Civil War in New Mexico and Arizona culminating in the Battle at Glorieta Pass, but little has been told about what happened in this region from 1862-1867. By using both Mexican and American archives and previously overlooked Indian Depredation Records, Masich is a able to fill in the gaps in this interesting history. The result is an outstanding book, a deserving Pate Award winner and the subject of our presentation.

Andy Masich is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. He is also an adjunct professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University and is widely recognized for his Emmy-winning historical documentaries and his lively lectures on history and public history. He has authored and co-authored several Western History books including his Pate Award winner. This should be an enjoyable and enlightening evening for all. See you on the 9th!
 

November 7, 2017 - Harriet Tubman: Hero of the North Star

November 7, 2017 - Harriet Tubman: Hero of the North Star

Presented by Elizabeth Parnicza, Historian, National Park Service

Location - UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner at 6PM (No entrance until 6PM) Program starts at 7PM

(Dinner Menu - Chicken Piccata, New Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Garden Salad and Dessert. Cost $13. Please RSVP to Jim Rosenthal by email or to cell 817-307-9263)

What creates a hero? Harriet Tubman was a woman who never quit. Born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore, she read the stars and navigated the marshes to steal herself to freedom. Dissatisfied with a freedom that did not include her loved ones, she famously broke the law in at least 13 return trips to carry her family and friends from Maryland to freedom in the North and later, Canada.

Most famous for her work on the Underground Railroad, her life personified her commitment to doing right. She served as a nurse, cook, and spy in the Civil War, and she participated in the Combahee River Raid in South Carolina that destroyed riverside plantations and freed 750 enslaved people. Her later career included caring for elderly African Americans and working as a suffragist. Her tireless efforts prove the power of an individual to help change the world.

Elizabeth (Beth) Parnicza started her career with the National Park Service in 2008 as an Intern at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NBP. She distinguished herself as a knowledgeable historian with a gift for interpreting history and was offered a permanent position shortly thereafter. In March of this year she was involved in starting a new Harriet Tubman Underground Visitor Center in Church Creek, Maryland. Beth has spoken to our group before. She is knowledgeable, entertaining and always well prepared. Don't miss her presentation on the 7th!

October 10, 2017 - The Lost Gettysburg Address

October 10, 2017 - The Lost Gettysburg Address

Presentation By David Dixon, Author and Historian

Location - UNT Health Science Center, Medical Education and Training Center, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner - 6PM Program starts at 7PM

(Dinner Menu: Beef and Italian Sausage Lasagna, bread sticks, Caesar Salad and Dessert. $13 per person. RSVP to Jim Rosenthal by email or by calling or texting 817-307-9263)

All of us are familiar with Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - one of the most widely quoted speeches of all time. The man who preceded Lincoln on the dais, Edward Everett, is also well known - primarily for the length of his talk (over 2 hours). But few know that there was a third speech that day given by Charles Anderson, a slave owner who sacrificed nearly everything to help save the Union. How did he wind up sharing the stage with the President and the best know orator of his day? What did he say?

Our speaker, David Dixon, will answer these questions and explain how the three featured speeches at Gettysburg were a carefully crafted rhetorical ensemble, each having a specific political purpose, in addition to memorializing the dead soldiers. He will also share the unusual story of the discovery of the speech manuscript itself, in a most unlikely place.

David is a frequent and popular speaker at Civil War related events and is the author of numerous articles. David's book (with the same title as his talk) will be available for purchase and signing. Here is how one reviewer described it. "“It's amazing that stimulating and informative Civil War books with whole new perspectives keep coming out of the woodwork. … This one makes it a pleasure to be a book review editor. . . .Don't miss it.” And don't miss David's presentation of this little known story. See you on the 10th!

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September 12 - The Texas Campaign of 1863

September 12 - The Texas Campaign of 1863

Presented by: Dr. Donald Frazier, Professor, McMurry University

Location - UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner - 6PM Program begins at - 7PM

Texas often gets scant attention in the study of the American Civil War. When it does, most of the conversation centers on events like The Battle of Galveston, The Battle of Sabine Pass, or perhaps even the Battle of the Nueces. Dr. Don Frazier will demonstrate how Texas was the key to the Trans-Mississippi and the Trans-Mississippi was key to American strategic thinking in 1863. The Campaign for Texas, then, became an important part of Union strategy until overshadowed by events farther afield.

Dr. Donald Frazier is a Professor of History at McMurry University in Abilene. He is a prolific author on many Civil War related topics - especially the Trans-Mississippi. He is also a two-time Pate Award Winner. He is also the President of the McWhiney History Education Group - an organization involved in everything from publishing to preservation. Don is an entertaining, knowledgeable and, often, humorous speaker. Don't miss his presentation on the 12th. See you there!