San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
Thursday18th September 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. As
is customary at the first meeting of the season, members introduced themselves
and their guests. Four new members were present for the first time: Terry and
Judith McNeill, Roy Askeland, and Greg Bottini.
The President reminded all present that annual dues were now payable.
Past President Wayne Padgett gave an engaging
presentation entitled "A Tombstone for Ulrik."
While on a family vacation in Norway, Wayne learned
of a Union sailor buried in the cemetery in the village of
Langesund. Months of diligent research revealed that
the man, Ulrik Feilberg, had emigrated to America in the
mid 1800s and joined the Union Navy during the Civil
War. Wayne recounted the details of Ulrik's adventures
as he patrolled the coast of the Carolinas interdicting
Confederate blockade runners. When he mustered out
after the war ended Ulrik returned to Langesund and built a career in shipping.
But wait - there's more!
After more months of persistent effort, Wayne persuaded the Veterans
authorities to provide an official military headstone for Ulrik's grave. This was
shipped to Langesund and installed in the village cemetery in a ceremony
attended by the American Ambassador, the U.S. Naval attache, and members of
the local media.
Following a question and answer session, Program Chair Bob Hubbs
announced that the October meeting will feature a one-man show of U.S. Grant
presented by Harry Bulkeley.
The meeting ended at 8:50pm.