|The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
17th May 2012
After the Long March from the bar, the members reached the dining room where they recited the
Pledge of Allegiance, led by Gildo Lopez.
A number of members had brought guests who were introduced and enthusiastically greeted.
Patrick Doyle passed around a card for signing for Winchell Hayward, who is in residential care
following a fall last month.
The President announced the passing of Ray Bisio, a long time participant
in Bay Area Civil War events. Ray was a Guide at Gettysburg, a member
of ACWA (20th Maine), and a WWII veteran. He died on April 23rd.
Mike McAdoo recounted his recent visit to Pearl Harbor in April. Mike's father had flown into
Pearl in 1942, right after the Japanese attack. Mike was immensely moved while walking the same
ground on which his father had served. He died on 14 August 2011, exactly 66 years after the
original V-J Day.
The President reminded members that the election of Board members will take place at the June
meeting. He asked all present to consider serving on the Board, as many of the current Board
members have been in office for multiple years and need a break.
Bob Bowen conducted the book raffle with his customary gusto and members again responded
David Richardson and his wife, visiting from Southern California, dropped by with their collection
of stunning Civil War photographs in color and 3D!
Guest speaker Paul Rosenberg, a well known San
Francisco historian spoke on "California Politics and the
Run-up to the Civil War". He gave an excellent
description of the timeline of California's rise to statehood
and the political maneuverings that accompanied it.
Paul talked about the first ten years of California in relation
to the Civil War, including the compromise of 1850 that was
made possible by California choosing a free soil and a Chiv
senator so as not to upset the US Senate balance, the
preponderance of Chiv politicians in a free soil state, the
Lecompton vs Anti-Lecompton Democrats, and the Union
efforts funded by California gold and Nevada silver. He also
mentioned Dr. Jonathan Letterman's Civil War innovations
and his later career as San Francisco coroner.