San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
                      Thursday 20th March 2014
                 at the United Irish Cultural Center
                 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco

The meeting started at 6:45pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and the introduction of

Mike McAdoo reported on his visit to Treasurer Emerita Joan Keller at Atria.
Mike also passed out cards so that members could mail their good wishes to Joan.

The President reminded members of the "Living History Day" scheduled for
Alcatraz Island on Saturday April 5th.

Bob Bowen offered some fine Civil War calendars which were eagerly snapped up.

Mary Kunitake announced that she has membership forms for any
members who had not yet renewed their membership.

Bob Lawhon encouraged members to attend the meeting of Westerners to be held
on Tuesday March 25th at L'Olivier on Davis Street.

Our guest speaker,
Matthew Borowick (above, left) gave an excellent presentation
"The Court Martial of Fitz John Porter" (above, right). A (second) Union
defeat at Manassas in 1862 led to criticism and a court-martial for one of the rising
stars of the Army of the Potomac. After Robert E. Lee drove General John Pope's
army back to Washington, questions were raised about who was responsible for the
defeat. Fingers quickly pointed toward Major General Fitz John Porter, who
supposedly did not perform as Pope had expected him to. Porter's enemies claimed
that Porter wanted to see Pope fail. Porter spent the next twenty-four years of his
life trying to clear his name, eventually succeeding.

After a lively question and answer session, Program Chair
Bob Hubbs announced
that our April Speaker will be
Ken Bruce, speaking on the Seven Days Battle.

The meeting ended at 9:00pm.