|The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
21st June 2012
Following the cocktail ceremony, the meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Gildo
Mike McAdoo and Bob Quinn co-introduced their guest, Bob Lawhon. Liz Doyle introduced
Bill Grimes, and the President warmly welcomed John and Colleen Kilkeary.
The president informed members that no entries had been received from the San Francisco schools
for this year's Essay Contest. The prize fund will be held in the General Fund until a decision is
The book raffle was held and subscribed to with enthusiasm.
The Board proposed the following motions, which were approved unanimously:
1. Delete by-law 2.2, which states "This Round Table is a private association and membership shall
be by invitation."
2. Amend by-law 3.2 to read "Dues are $20 per year for individual members and $25 per year for
3. Postpone board elections for the 2012 - 2013 season to the September 2012 meeting.
Tonight's speaker was Patrick Doyle, who spoke on "Artists of the Civil War." He commenced
by discussing the Special Artists employed by the three major illustrated publications: Frank Leslie's
Illustrated Newspaper, Harper's Weekly, and the Illustrated London News. These papers
employed several dozen reporters, known as "Special Artists," who travelled with the troops and
sent their reports and sketches back for publication. Some of the more famous artists included
Alfred and William Waud, Edwin Forbes, Thomas Nast, and Frank Vizetelly. Many also turned
their sketches into paintings, most notably Winslow Homer. Although he was not a Special Artist,
Conrad Wise Chapman is remembered for his paintings of Confederate scenes. Doyle discussed
these artists and others, and showed examples of their work.
He ended his presentation with Winslow Homer's 1865 painting "The Veteran in a New Field."