San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
Thursday19th June 2014
at the United Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
The meeting started at 6:45 with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Gil Lopez.
The members were reminded that, as is the custom, there would be no meeting
in July or August. Upcoming events of note include a Civil War reenactment on
Angel Island on June 21st and 22nd, and Living History at Fort Point on 16th
August. Details of these events can be found here.
The election of Board members for the 2014 - 2015 season was then held. The
current Board members indicated that they were prepared to serve another term.
There being no other nominations, the meeting voted unanimously to elect the
current Board for another year.
Guest speaker (and new member) Chris Webber gave a presentation based on
his book "American to the Backbone."
This is the incredible story of James Pennington, a forgotten hero of
nineteenth century America—a former slave who became a Yale scholar,
congregational pastor, and international leader of the abolitionist movement. He
served congregations in Long Island, Hartford, and Manhattan and traveled
three times to England, Scotland, and the continent of Europe as an anti-slavery
He was so respected by European audiences that the University of Heidelberg
awarded him an honorary doctorate, making him the first person of African
descent to receive such a degree.
After the Civil War, he served briefly in Mississippi during reconstruction and
then in Portland, Maine, and finally in Jacksonville, Florida.
Chris exhibited a wealth of detailed research and also showed a deep admiration
for his subject. His effortless style, coupled with a dry sense of humor, kept the
members enthralled with this hitherto unknown story. A lively question and
answer period followed his presentation.
Program Chair Bob Hubbs announced that the speaker on September 18th
would be Tom Lubas with the topic "Chicago, that Toddlin' Civil War Town."
The meeting ended at 9:00pm and Chris Webber was besieged by members
asking him to autograph the copies of his book which they had purchased.