The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
20th October 2011
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Winchell Hayward, several members introduced  guests
who were warmly welcomed.

A reminder about the
2011 West Coast Civil War Conference in November was given. More
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The President announced that non-profit status had been granted by the State of California. Some
additional paperwork needs to be processed (of course) and members will soon receive full
information on the benefits of this development.

Following dinner, Program Chair
Bob Bowen conducted a rapid fire raffle of books which was very
generously supported by all present.

Our guest speaker was
David Savadge, former US Air Force Lt. Colonel, who held members
spell-bound as he spoke eloquently on
"Gems of Confederate Philately."
Dave's in-depth knowledge of this arcane (to most of us) topic was quickly evident as he introduced
us to the mysteries of covers (envelopes), perforations, and postmarks. He illustrated his
presentation with stunning slides of selected Confederate postal history pieces from the collection of
the late Marc Haas, one of the premier collectors of pre-1900 US postal history. We learned about
the transition of the Southern postal system from the Union to the Confederacy and the difficulties
caused by shortages of materials. Considerable ingenuity was used in fabricating envelopes out of
wallpaper and old documents. Some recycled by turning the envelopes inside out. When stamps ran
short, especially in Texas, correspondents made ten-cent stamps by cutting twenty-cent stamps in
half, usually on the diagonal. The tortuous procedure for Confederate prisoners of war mailing letters
home from Union prisons was a revelation.
A spirited question and answer session rounded out a very enjoyable evening.
Speaker Dave Savadge with Secretary Wayne Padgett