|The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
19th April 2012
The meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Gildo Lopez.
The President reminded members of the passing of Judy Hubbs on April 10th. Judy and her
husband Bob were long-time Round Table members.
The Sesquicentennial Essay Contest has extended the deadline for entries to May 11th, to better fit
the eight grade schedule.
In keeping with the theme of tonight's presentation, Bob Bowen presented a selection of books with
a maritime flavor for the raffle, which was, as always, generously supported by all present.
Debbie Grace and Melani Van Petten presented "The Cruise of the Shenandoah," the
stirring tale of the Confederate warship that terrorized the Union shipping in the Pacific. Under the
command of Captain James Waddell, apparently a cross between Queeg and Bligh, the
Shenandoah sailed over 58,000 miles, sank or captured thirty-eight ships, and took thousands of
prisoners during her nine-month voyage of destruction. Not knowing, or not believing, that the war
was over, Wadell continued fighting until he surrendered to the British Navy in Liverpool in
Debbie and Melani give a vivid account of this epic voyage, supported by a stunning collection of