San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
        Thursday 16th March 2017
        at the United Irish Cultural Center
        2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
                    The Battle of Five Forks
                                       presented by
                               Mike McCarthy      

    The author tells us "I first discovered the battle of Five Forks on a field
trip to Petersburg with the Capital District (Albany, NY) Civil War
Roundtable. Chris Calkins of the NPS gave a tour of the Appomattox
Campaign beginning at Five Forks. There he commented on the conflict
between Gen. Sheridan and Gen. Warren noting that in front of the Capitol in
Albany is an equestrian statue of Sheridan while Warren's papers lie only a
few hundred yards away at the State Library. The comparison of Five Forks
to Waterloo was first made by Confederate General Thomas Munford who
fought there.
    I plan to describe the general military situation leading to this fight, the
manner in which it transpired, and the aftermath beyond the Civil War which
carried to the deaths of the two Union commanders and beyond. Included in
this story is a discussion of the court of inquiry which produced the largest
written record on any military court action in the entire 19th Century."

Mike McCarthy says "I was born in 1947 at Fort Dix, NJ . I attended
LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY and graduated with a BA in History. I
then went to Providence College and received my MA in American History
in 1971.   I served in the Army in Da Nang as an Intelligence Analyst. When
I finished my service, I began a career in New York State government as a
Budget Analyst. While working for the state I earned a MPA degree in
Public Finance from the University at Albany SUNY and a MPA degree in
Public Management from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University. Toward the end of my career with the state I decided to go back
to school and received a PhD in American History from the University at
Albany. I am now retired and living on Cape Cod MA."
Note: a
Book Raffle will be held at this meeting  which will include several of
Bruce Catton's books autographed by the author.