San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting Thursday 15th June 2017 at the United Irish Cultural Center 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco ======================================================
The Porter Conspiracy presented by Gene Paleno
Gene Paleno reexamines the actions and leadership of Major General Fitz John Porter on the first day of the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862. Porter was court-martialed and dismissed from the U.S. Army after the Union defeat at that battle. He began a fight to restore his reputation, and some twenty years later, Porter was exonerated and his commission restored to him. Gene Paleno's The Porter Conspiracy is the latest word on that Civil War controversy, and delves into the history of the court-martial itself as well as the battle.
Gene Paleno served his country during WWII and retired as an officer in the inactive reserve a few years later After his military stint ended, he received a Bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan and worked in marketing and management in the aerospace and materials industries in New York and Los Angeles. In the 1960s, he packed his daughter off to college in Eureka and moved with his wife to a 27 acre farm in Bachelor Valley near Ukiah. He started writing in 1975 and is a contributing columnist for the Lake County Record. Besides a history of Lake County, he has written fifteen full-length novels and several short story collections in the science fiction and fantasy genres.