Upcoming meeting topics

July 12, 2018:  Professor Brian Rucker will present his work, “Mine Eyes Have Seen: Firsthand Reminiscences of the Civil War in West Florida”. These are recollections of people who participated in Civil War activity in the Florida panhandle.  These were men and women, regular people, giving us insights and details not found in the Official Records. It’s a personal glimpse back in time from old veterans telling their stories.  Their experiences are universal, applying to all areas of Florida, and the South overall.


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.


December, 2018: No regular Meeting.  Christmas Party is December 13 at Napolatonos in Gainesville.


Jan. 10, 2019: Eric Jacobson, Executive Director of The Franklin Battlefield Trust


Feb. 14, 2019: Basil Gribbon – Political Climate/Power Struggles of Europe vis a vis North America and the Civil War


Mar. 14, 2019: Bruce Smith, Former Director of the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, Ga – CSS Jackson (an ironclad) and CSS Chattahoochee (both built in Columbus, Ga)


Apr. 11, 2019: Joe Byrd, “Major William Simmons, Confederate Sharpshooter”.  Joe is an author and great-great nephew of William Simmons


May. 9, 2019: Noah Gengler – John Baylor and Confederate Arizona


Jun. 13, 2019: Phill Greenwalt – Florida Brigade at Gettysburg


Jul. 11, 2019: Thomas Jessee – R. E. Lee Impersonator





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