|The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
19th January 2012
Following a convivial cocktail session, the members adjourned to the dining room where the meeting
commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Winchell Hayward.
Patrick Doyle reminded the gathering of some coming events of interest; including Living History
Days at Fort Point on January 29th and a presentation by Paul Rosenberg at the San Francisco
History Association on January 31st. Click here for more information on these events.
|Paul Rosenberg (L)
James Kirk (R)
Bob Quinn passed around a recent acquisition: a newly restruck 1861 Confederate cent from the
Smithsonian. Twelve were originally struck in Philadelphia in 1861 but never circulated.
Given the postal nature of the evening's presentation, Gil Lopez brought along a wonderful print
showing a mounted mail-carrier on a narrow mountain trail confronted by an enormous grizzly bear.
The title of the piece" "Why the Mail was Late!"
The dinner was followed by a book raffle, which was, as usual, generously supported by the
members present. The funds raised will be used to finance our next Sesquicentennial contest.
Dave Savadge gave the feature presentation, a biography of Confederate officer Richard L.
Maury, traced by the records of his received correspondence.
Richard Maury was born in Virginia in 1840. His father was Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury,
who was the first to develop a systematic approach for charting currents and winds as an aid to
sailing and navigation. He is recognized as the founder of the science of oceanography. In Spring
1861 Richard was appointed a Lieutenant in the Virginia Provisional Army, sometimes referred to as
the Virginia State Troops. Throughout his career he saved over 130 letters sent to him by Susan
Crutchfield, his fiance and later his wife. Not only that, he annotated each cover (envelope). Using
slides of the covers, David Savage showed us the postmarks and postage, the senders location and
Maury's location. We trace his movements with the Virginia Provisional Army, later the 24th Virginia
Infantry, from Lexington VA to Charleston SC, Savannah GA, Manassas Junction VA, and
Richmond VA. After the war, Maury traveled to Mexico to assist in relocating Confederate
veterans who wanted to settle there. In 1874 he visited England and brought home the Naval Ensign
(flag) from the CSS Shenandoah. Richard Maury died in 1907 in Richmond VA.
Following a spirited discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm.