Mr Connery covers the history of General Lee's time as President of Washington College (now Washington & Lee University) from October 1965 until his death in October 1870. As General Lee spent his time rebuilding the small college, he worked to bring a divided nation together as well. "I have two books in the Sesquicentennial Series of The History Press - 'Civil War Northern Virginia 1861' & 'Mosby's Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia.' My books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The History Press. I also write articles for the Civil War Courier newspaper. I am also the docent (on Fridays & Saturdays) at the Mosby House Museum in Warrenton, Virginia."
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February 2019 - Jeff Munn
Jeff's Program wil focus on Richmond form 1860-1865 and will include civilians, events such ast he bread riots, prisons, hospitals, and the importance of Richmond from start to finish.
Bruce Tucker - Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, USN
Admiral Farragut joined the Navy as a Midshipman at the age of 9 in 1810 and fought in the War of 1812, under Captain David Porter.
In April 1862, Flag Officer Farragut commanded the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, with his flagship the USS Hartford. After a heavy bombardment, Farragut ran past the Fort Jackson, Fort St. Phillip, and the Chalmette batteries to take the city and port of New Orleans on April 29, a decisive event in the war. Congress
honored him by creating the rank of Rear Admiral on July 16, 1862,
a rank never before used in the U.S. Navy.
On August 5, 1864, Admiral Farragut won another great victory in
the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Bruce W. Tucker is an adunct history professor at Rutgers
University's School of Continuing Education (Osher Life Long
Learning-RU program). He is also a historian and a historical
Mr. Tucker is from East Brunswick, NJ and Middletown DE.
March 2019 - Robert E. Sheridan
Robert E. Shereidan is a marine geopysicist
and marine geologist who studied the North
American Atlantic continental margin for over
fifty years. He has a bachelor's degree in geol-
ogy from Rutgers University and a master's
and Ph.D. degrees in marine geophysics from
He was an associate professor at the University
of Delaware when he was part of the team that
discovered the USS Monitor wreack off Cape Hatteras.
As a descendat of a Union Army verteran with an interest in Civil War
history, his work on the discovery and recovery of the USS Monitor allow-ed him to combinehis vocation with his avocation, thelove of history.
Sheridan moved to Rutgers as a full professor in 1986 and he retired in 2003. He is active at Rutgers as a professor emeritus. He Lives in Del-
aware with his wife Karen.
Chris Mackowski Ph.D.
Aprofessor journalism and mass communitcat at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y. where he teaches writing in the Jandoli School of Communication and serves as the Shool's associate dean for undergraduate programs.
He has authored or co-authored a dozen books - his latest is about the Mine run Campaign. His numerous articles have appeared in all the major Civil War magazines.
Chris serves on the BOD for the Central Virginia
Battlefields Trust and the National Advisory Board for
the Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia,
and historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a
historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield as well as
the editor-in-chief and co-founder of "Emering Civil War",
a public history oriented platform for sharing original
scholarship related to the American Civil War.
July 16, 2018
Lucas R. Clawson is Hagley Historian / Reference
Archivist with Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington,
Delaware. Lucas helps provide acess to the DuPont
Company's historical records. He also researches and
writes about the Company's history, particularly during the Civil War era. Lucas curated Hagley's Civil War exhibition, "An Oath of Allegiance to the Republic: The DuPonts and the Cilvil War," which ran from April 2011 to July 2012.
August: Bill Hicks - "The Civil war Through The Eyes of One Family"
The Civil War through the Eyes of One Family is based on 4 letters written by Mr. Hick's 3rd-great uncle who fought in the PA 106th during McClellan's Peninsula Campaign.
Bill Hicks is a retired elementary school teacher, who taught kindergarten through 5th grade, 5th grade being his favorite because he was able to teach American History. His love history started when, at the age of 10, his grandfather gave him 4 letters written during the Civil War, along with his great great grandfather's Springfield rifle, and discharge papers. Included in this trove of family heirlooms were several pictures of relatives long gone this became the impetus for extensive genealogy research int his family.
He crrently spends his time fishing, birding and volunteering as tour guide and Living History interpreter for the Lewew Historical Society
Sept. 17, 2018
CDCWRT President David Price presented the program,
"William Loring: Is he the butthead we all think he is?"
A one-armed veteran of the Mexican War,
William W. Loring was called one of the more
troublesome of Confederate generals.
The North Carolina native, raised in Florida,
served as a second lieutenant of state volunteers
in the fighting against the Seminoles.
He then practiced law and became a state legislator,
then became a commissioned officer in the regular army
for the Mexican War. He won two brevets, being wounded
at both Churubusco and Chapultepec and losing an arm at
the latter. By the time of his May 13, 1861, resignation he
was his regiment's colonel.
David, amongst the many hats he wears, is a playwright, a first person interpreter and President of the Fort Delaware Society.
August 19: Dr. Ray Glick - (Snipers) Sept. 19: Kathy Canavan -
(The Forgotten Women of the Lincoln Assassination)
Oct. - Pending
Nov. 18: David Price TBA
Dec. 16: Charlie Zahm
June 18, 2018
Robin Krawitz - Assistant Research Professor at Delaware State University
Robin Krawitz teaches history classes at Dleaware State University.
She received her MA in History with an emphasis in Historic
Preservation from Colorado Staste University in 1982.
After a career spent in public history focused in the field of
historic Underground Railroad and African American heritage in
Delaware and the Delmarva region. Her topic will be:
Working Among the Freedman:
Elizabeth Alston Hunn Judd, Penn School Teacher, 1862-1875
Born on a farm outside of Cantwell's Bridge, Delaware in 1846, Elizabeth Alston Hunn was the daughter of prosecutedUnderground Railroad operative John Hunn, who along with Thomas Garrett in 1848 had been very heavily fined under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793
May 21, 2018
Dr. Ray Glick: Care of the Dead.
Dr. Glick's presentation was about
the disruption of the era's Victorian
funeral preactices, Military burial
policies and practices, creation of the
Federal National Military Cemeteries
and how the CSA would honor their
dead after the war ended.