San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
Thursday 17th October 2013
at the United Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
After the members had been herded from the bar, the meeting started at 6:45pm with the Pledge
of Allegiance led by Gil Lopez.
Returning member Art Buckley (right) was warmly welcomed back.
The President reminded members that the November 19th meeting
of the Peninsula Civil War Round Table will include a tour of the
Union Cemetery in Redwood City. Many present expressed an
interest in this event. For details click here.
The Board had decided to revive the Book Raffle as a means of
bolstering our somewhat tenuous exchequer.
Rafflemeister extraordinaire Bob Bowen (left) conducted the
the proceedings with his usual flair, describing each of the books
books to be raffled and passing among the diners to sell tickets.
tickets. Everyone gave generously and a tidy sum was raised.
Our guest speaker was Brad Schall, assisted by his wife Patti (below).
Brad's topic was "Thaddeus Stevens – Nineteenth-Century Egalitarian" and he gave us a
fascinating insight into this enigmatic character who played such a major role in American politics
of the nineteenth century, particularly on issues relating to the abolition of slavery.
Brad ended his talk by quoting the epitaph from Stevens' tombstone in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:
I repose in this quiet and secluded spot
Not from any natural preference for solitudeA spirited discussion followed the presentation and continued until the President reluctantly
But, finding other Cemeteries limited as to race
by Charter Rules,
I have chosen this that I might illustrate
In my death
The Principles which I advocated
Through a long life
Equality of man before his Creator
adjourned the meeting at 9:15pm.