|The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
21st January 2010
The meeting commenced at 6:45 with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Winchell Hayward. Despite
the inclement weather, there was a large and enthusiastic attendance. The long-distance winner was
Richard Crowe, who drove up from Fresno.
We were also honored to have two distinguished visitors: John Martini, local author and well
known Alcatraz/Civil War expert, and Stephen Haller, NPS Historian.
|John Martini and Stephen Haller
Our guest speaker was Brad Schall, making his eleventh appearance at the SFCWRT. Brad
continued his colorful saga of California in the Civil War era, dealing this time mainly with the San
Francisco area. He covered the various vigilante groups that were active at three different periods,
1849, 1851, and 1856, and described the rough justice that they often meted out. He discussed the
events in San Francisco following the murder of Abraham Lincoln and the Alcatraz imprisonment of
some who celebrated Lincoln's death. Perhaps his most vivid account was that of the duel between
Senator David Broderick and Judge David Terry by the shores of Lake Merced on September 13th
At 9:15pm, a well-fed and entertained audience exited, relieved to find that the rain had, for the