San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting Thursday15th May 2014 at the United Irish Cultural Center 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco =========== Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the President led the members in a round of heartfelt applause to welcome back Joan Keller, after a long absence.
Larry Block, Joan Keller, Paul Rosenberg
After the introduction of guests, members were reminded of the upcoming Memorial Day ceremonies at USS San Francisco (Lands End) on Sunday 25th and at the National Cemetery in the Presidio on Monday 26th. Details of these ceremonies can be found under "Upcoming Events."
The President asked for volunteers and/or nominations for the Board elections to be held at next month's meeting.
Bob Bowen conducted a lively raffle of a fine selection of Civil War books with his usual panache and gusto. Members gave generously.
Guest speaker Ted Savas gave a spellbinding presentation on the CSS Arkansas, the Confederate ironsides that fought so valiantly around Vicksburg.
So skillfully did he portray this epic tale that one could almost smell the gunpowder and hear the screams of the wounded sailors. The Arkansas fought and won four battles with the combined Union fleets of Davis and Farragut between leaving the Yazoo river and almost reaching Baton Rouge. So engrossed were his listeners that we ran over our usual time, and still had a question an answer period.
Program Chair Bob Hubbs announced that our June speaker will be Christopher Webber.