All meetings held at Trinity United Methodist Church
4000 NW 53rd Avenue
(front Education building, Room 232)
Gainesville, Florida 32653
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Program Topics and Speakers Subject to Change
Nov. 9, 2017: Author Candice Shy Hooper will speak on her latest book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War for Better and for Worse. The book focuses on Jesse Fremont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant.
Dec. 14, 2017: No CWRNF meeting
Jan. 11, 2018: Civil War reenactor Keith Kohl will speak on the Battle of Gainesville (Aug. 17, 1864), which occurred near the downtown square. Keith is a veteran living history reenactor of several Florida periods of history, especially Florida in the Civil War. He serves as the commander of a Civil War living history reenactor battalion, has taken part in living history reenactments all around the eastern United States, and has been involved in living history presentations at county parks, Florida state parks, national parks, and local museums. In 1993, Keith participated in the filming of the movie Gettysburg as a reenactor.
Feb. 8, 2018: Brian Wills will give a presentation on Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Wizardry in the Saddle. Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, after a long tenure at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War, including a new volume, The River Was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow. He also wrote A Battle from the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest, reprinted as The Confederacy’s Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest (1998).
March 8, 2018: Gayle Underwood, a retired Pensacola history teacher and Gettysburg Shriver House Museum tour guide, will discuss Quilts and Women’s Clothing in the Civil War. As a living historian, Gayle splits her time between Pensacola and Gettysburg. She makes Civil War quilt replicas out of reproduction period fabrics and presents the history of the quilts in full authentic period dress.
April 12, 2018: Mark Laubacher will speak on A Surgeon’s Life Aboard USS Monitor. Mark will discuss Dr. Daniel C. Logue’s 90-day service on this history-making Federal ironclad and the medical conditions he had to deal with while on board this warship.
May 10, 2018: Historian Gary Marshall will speak on Conflicted Family, Conflicted County, Conflicted Nation: The Civil War in Carroll County, Virginia.
June 14, 2018: Robert Mattson will speak on the Civil War Navy in Florida, based on his book by the same title (2014). His talk will focus on men, ships, and actions. Robert is a Civil War reenactor who portrays a Union Navy seaman.
July 12, 2018: Dr. Angela Zombek, history professor at St. Petersburg College (and a University of Florida graduate), will speak on Imprisonment in the Civil War Era. Of the approximate 3.8 million soldiers in the Civil War, about 400,000 became POWs.
Aug. 9, 2018: No meeting
Sept. 13, 2018: Author and historian Dale Cox, of Two Egg (in the Panhandle), Florida, will speak on the Battle of Marianna (Sept. 27, 1864) and Natural Bridge (March 6, 1865).
Oct 11, 2018: Peggy Macdonald, director of the Matheson History Museum in Gainesville, will speak on Esther Hill Hawks and the emergence of modern medicine during the Civil War. Hawks was a physician, a Northerner, a teacher, a school administrator, a suffragist, and an abolitionist. In her diaries, she describes heading to the South after the war to care for the newly freed slaves in her capacity as both a teacher and a doctor.
Nov. 8, 2018: Donna Waller will give a talk on Why the Civil War Happened. Dr. Waller is a retired Santa Fe College faculty member, where her teaching focus for 30 years was on the Civil War and the history of the American presidency. In October 2014, she spoke to the CWRNF on the War with Mexico.