The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
17th December 2009
The meeting commenced at 6:45 with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Carol Fleming. President
Patrick Doyle recognised the presence of no fewer than five past presidents, Richard Hill, Mike
McAdoo, Bob Quinn, Wayne Padgett,
and Gary Yee. Several of them offered constructive
advice on how to avoid getting elected in future.
President Doyle announced that the Board had decided to initiate an annual
Ormond Eckley
Memorial Award
, to be presented for significant contribution to the Round Table. The recipient for
2009 is
Art Buckley who has long been a stalwart supporter and has been responsible for bringing
many new members to the organisation.
Mike McAdoo and Charlie Sweeny
Our featured speaker was Gerald Henig, author of "A Nation Transformed: How the Civil
War Changed America Forever."
Jerry gave an enthralling survey of the vast and profound
transformations spawned by the Civil War. These included new methods for raising, administering
and financing armies, fighting on land, on sea, and in the air, gathering intelligence, providing health
and medical care, dealing with war dissenters and enemies from within, caring for the maimed,
widowed and orphaned, honoring the dead, and a host of other unanticipated challenges. His
thought-provoking presentation was followed by a lively question/discussion session.
Jerry Henig (right) and his son Adam