San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
Thursday 15th January 2015
at the United Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
Two dozen staunch members ushered in
the 2015 season by reciting the Pledge of
Bob Lawhon (right) introduced the local Corral
of the Westerners organization and encouraged
Round Table members to attend their meetings
on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
Guest speaker Bob Conner (below, left, with his wife Barbara) gave an
informed presentation on General Gordon Granger, "the Saviour of
Civil War buffs familiar with the battle of Chickamauga likely are familiar with
the name Gordon Granger. Commanding the Reserve Corps, on his own
initiative and without orders, he moved his force to Snodgrass Hill to reinforce
Maj. Gen. George “Pap” Thomas and his Fourteenth Corps. This helped
solidify the position and buy time for the army to extricate itself from a possible
debacle. Thomas gained great fame as “The Rock of Chickamauga” while
Granger’s contributions faded from popular knowledge for the most part.
Conner brilliantly used a solid array of primary sources to paint a good portrait
of this complex man, whose military acumen was overshadowed often by his
personal shortcomings. He often got on the nerves of General Grant and other
senior leaders, and at times tended to pay more attention to personal whims
such as firing his artillery while he should have been tending to command details
Following the question and answer session, Program Chair Bob Hubbs
announced that the February speaker would be Ruthanne Lum McCunn,
speaking about the "Chinese Yankee."
New member Roy Askeland (below left) and
his guest Ron Frederick (below right).