San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting Thursday 24th March 2016 at the United Irish Cultural Center 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco ========================================================== The meeting commenced at 6:45pm with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Steve Harrington.
Bob Lawhon announced that the next Westerners meeting, on April 26th, will feature San Francisco journalist Carl Nolte as guest speaker.
Carol Fleming announced the production of a play based on Paul Fleishman's book "Bull Run" which will be performed at the Presidio Officers' Club in the summer. Carol solicited members' participation as actors and/or supporters.
The President reminded members that Living History Day will be celebrated on Alcatraz on April 9th.
Bob Bowen conducted another lively book raffle which raised some welcome funds for the SFCWRT exchequer.
Our guest speaker was Meg Groeling who spoke on "My Spirit Passing By: Sullivan Ballou's Story." Sullivan Ballou was an officer in the 2nd Rhode Island regiment who was mortally wound at the first battle of Bull Run. Meg described vividly his ante-bellum life in Rhode Island where he was a lawyer and politician. When the war broke out he was appointed major under Colonel John Slocum. Prior to the first battle Ballou wrote a loving letter to his wife which became famous through being featured in Ken Burn's "Civil War" series. On July 21st 1861, in the early stages of the battle, both Ballou and Slocum were grievously wounded. They both eventually died and were buried in the cemetery at Sudley Church nearby. Some months later Ballou's remains were dug up, desecrated, decapitated, and burned by Confederate soldiers, thought to have been the 21st Georgia regiment.
This final incident occupied most of the discussion after Meg's talk. Most members had never heard of the event and many professed surprise at the account.
Program Chair Bob Hubbs announced that our April speaker will be Ted Savas with the topic "Lincoln And Davis At War."
The meeting concluded at 9:25pm and many members lingered to purchase copies of Meg's book "The Aftermath Of Battle."