San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
Thursday 20th February 2014
at the United Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
A large and enthusiastic group started the meeting promptly at 6:45pm with the Pledge of
Allegiance. Several members then introduced their guests. The President was pleased to note the
return of a number of members after some months of absence.
Patrick Doyle announced that Treasurer Joan Keller is recuperating in the Atria care center in
Daly City and will be there for some time to come. The Board decided to ask Mary Kunitake
to take on the position of Treasurer and she has graciously consented.
Jeffrey Vaillant reminded members that there will be a Living History presentation on Alcatraz
on April 5th. More information about this exciting event can be found here.
Fred Martin announced that his book "Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864" is
now published in both hardback and paperback versions.
He was happy to autograph copies for those who purchased them at the end of the meeting.
For more information about Fred's book click here.
Guest speaker Bob Hubbs gave a mesmerizing presentation entitled "How Lincoln Won The
War Without The Help Of His Generals." With great skill Bob covered the following points:
- A review of Lincoln for what he really was, relative to the manner in which he selected,
communicated with, and demonstrated confidence in his generals.
- Lincoln's ability to act as commander in chief as a military strategist as well as a shrewd
- Identifying the generals Lincoln eventually replaced and those that he kept.
- Lincoln's masterful use of the telegraph in monitoring crucial Civil War battles as well as
the progress and effectiveness of his generals.
- Lincoln's "photographic memory" in recalling the details of battles as well as the pitfalls,
shortcomiings and inept battlefield decisions of the Union generals.
- Lincoln's search for "just the right general" or combination of generals to carry out his
aggressive strategy in the pursuit and defeat of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern
With great energy and animation Bob emphasised
his belief that Lincoln was "a genius" in every sense
of the word. He related numerous facts about
Lincoln that came as a surprise to many present,
despite the incredible number of books on the
Following his presentation, Bob put on his Program
Chair hat and announced that next month's speaker
will be Matthew Borowick, speaking on the court
martial pf Fitz John Porter. Details here.
The meeting ended at 9:50pm.
New Treasurer Mary Kunitake with Zoya Smithton (L) and Shari Videlock (R)
Past President Wayne Padgett
(R) with his guest Chris Webber.
Speaker Bob Hubbs with his
guest Catherine Krebs.