The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting 17th January 2013
The President called the meeting to order at 7:45pm and members recited the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Gildo Lopez.
Two new members, Fraser Ireland and Bret Nicol, were introduced and welcomed.
The President announced that January 26th will be Living History Day at Fort Point. More information can be found at this link.
Mike Green of the San Joaquin Round Table reminded members that the 2013 West Coast Civil War Conference will take place on board ship (!) from November 1st to 4th. More details will be published here as available.
Our guest speaker was Tom Lubas, President of the North Bay Civil War Round Table and his talk was entitled "Benjamin Butler: Lincoln's Conundrum." While not overlooking Butler's stunning military incompetence, Tom balanced his image with accounts of Butler's legal and political expertise. He also made note of Butler's role as a loving husband and devoted father. Many members said afterwards that they learned a lot about "The Beast" that they had not known before, for example, that he was at one time the owner of the yacht "America," after which the America's Cup is named. Butler ended a long career by serving as Governor of Massachusetts.
Program Chair Wayne Padgett announced that our February speaker will be John Martini, speaking on the Civil War fortification of San Francisco and the Bay. Details here.