Speakers & Events

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!

March 13, 2018 - An Evening with Ed Bearss - Topic to be announced

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

April 10, 2018 - The Civil War We Don't Know

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

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

Presentation by: Jim Donovan, Author and Historian

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

Dinner - 6PM Program starts at 7PM

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!
 

December 12, 2017 - Company I of the 5th Texas

December 12, 2017 - Company I of the 5th Texas

Presented by Dr. Steven Woodworth, Professor, Texas Christian University

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

Dinner - 6 PM Program starts at 7PM


(Menu: Yankee Pot Roast with petite vegetables, glazed carrots, roasted new potatoes, and dessert. Cost - $13. Please RSVP to Jim Rosenthal by email or text to 817-307-9263.)

When the call went out in 1861 for Texas troops to serve in Virginia, Texans rushed to volunteer for what became the 1st, 4th, and 5th Texas Infantry Regiments--collectively, Hood's Texas Brigade. The town of Independence raised three companies for the 5th Texas.

Located in the heart of the richest cotton-growing county in the Lone Star State, Independence was just a dozen miles from Washington-on-the-Brazos, where Texas independence had been declared 25 years before. It was known as the Athens of Texas, because of its early educational institutions, and also as the Baptist Jerusalem of Texas, because of the leading role of its church and educational institutions in that denomination. Company I of the 5th Texas was one of the three Independence companies. Its captain was the local doctor and a military leader in the republic's wars with Indians and Mexicans, and its first lieutenant was the mayor of Independence as well as a leading cotton planter and secessionist fire-eater. As part of the 5th Texas and Hood's Texas Brigade, Company I served in all the great battles of the Army of Northern Virginia from Gaines Mill to Appomattox, with the exception of Chancellorsville. It had its hardest fights at Second Manassas and at Gettysburg.

Back in Independence, citizens did what they could to support the troops and waited anxiously for news of them. This is the story of those who went to war in Company I and of those who waited for them back home in Independence.

Steve Woodworth is one of our favorite historians. He is always prepared, eloquent, entertaining, and a nationally recognized expert on the Civil War. We are fortunate to have him in Fort Worth. So you have the perfect combination - excellent topic and a great speaker. This would be a good opportunity to bring a guest. See you on the 12th!

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!