The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting 18th October 2012
The President called the meeting to order at 7:45pm. A large attendance (twenty eight souls) recited the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Gildo Lopez.
David Hargrave, Bob Lawhon, and Charlie Sweeny introduced their guests, and Charles Pfister, invited by Wayne Padgett, introduced himself.
The President recognized newly paid-up members: Mike Mitchell, Bob Lawhon, and John and Colleen Kilkeary.
Members were reminded about the 28th West Coast Civil War Conference which will be held in Costa Mesa in November; details here.
Bob Lawhon offered copies of the latest newsletter from the San Francisco Corral of Westerners International. Their next meeting will be October 23rd.
Our guest speaker was Zoyd Luce, whose topic was entitled "Stonewall Jackson and the Religion of Duty."
Zoyd had obviously studied his subject in great detail and shared with us his opinions of this convoluted historical character. Orphaned at an early age, Jackson was brought up by an uncle. When an opportunity arose to be nominated for an opening at West Point, he persuaded everyone he knew to write to the nominating congressman on his behalf. Jackson was not so much interested in a military career as in a free education. In his first year at West Point he came last in every subject, however he applied himself to studying, often all through the night, and graduated 25th in a class of several hundred. He never made friends, never socialized. Zoyd continued on through Jackson's time at VMI, where his personality quirks became even more evident, to his early days in the Confederate army. Openly fascinated by his subject, Zoyd concluded that Jackson was probably one of the best generals of his time, and probably "a despicable person."
After some discussion, the meeting concluded at 9:10pm.