CWRTDC'S NEXT MEETING:


THOMAS A. BOGAR
speaks about
"Backstage at the Lincoln Assasination"

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
in the Campaign Room on the 2nd Floor at Ft. Myer Officers' Club, in Arlington, VA
located at 214 Jackson Avenue

(take elevator available immediately to the right as you enter the Club or take stairs to the left)
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION
Attendees will need to enter through security at the Hatfield gate; see instructions to enter Ft. Myer HERE 

(also see directions here) or (download them in pdf here)


6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar)
7 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture)
8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only)
Reservations Due By Tuesday, September 4, 5pm
(Note: cancellations after the due date are non-refundable, as we must pay for dinners based on the number of reservations reported to the Club on the due date regardless of actual attendance)
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TO MAKE RESERVATIONS AND REMIT PAYMENT
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About the Topic

April 14, 1865. A famous actor pulls a trigger in the presidential balcony, leaps to the stage and escapes, as the president lies fatally wounded. In the panic that follows, forty-six terrified people scatter in and around Ford’s Theater as soldiers take up stations by the doors and the audience surges into the streets chanting, “Burn the place down!”

This is the untold story of Lincoln’s assassination: the forty-six stage hands, actors, and theater workers on hand for the bewildering events in the theater that night, and what each of them witnessed in the chaos-streaked hours before John Wilkes Booth was discovered to be the culprit. In Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination, historian Thomas A. Bogar delves into previously unpublished sources to tell the story of Lincoln’s assassination from behind the curtain.

And the tale is shocking. Police rounded up and arrested dozens of innocent people, wasting time that allowed the real culprit to get further away. Some closely connected to John Wilkes Booth were not even questioned, while innocent witnesses were relentlessly pursued.

Booth was more connected with the production than you might have known; find out about how he knew each member of the cast and crew, which was a hotbed of secessionist resentment.

Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination also tells the story of what happened to each of these witnesses after the investigation was over—how each one lived their lives after seeing one of America’s greatest presidents shot dead without warning.

Mr. Bogar will discuss how Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination is an exquisitely detailed look at this famous event from an entirely new angle. 


Adapted from amazon.com.

About the Speaker:

Thomas A. Bogar has taught theatre history, dramatic literature, and theatrical production for forty years—most recently at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland—and has directed over seventy theatrical productions. He holds a Ph.D. in theatre history/literature/criticism from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in play directing, and a B.A. in educational theatre, both from the University of Maryland.

In addition to Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre (Regnery History 2013), Mr. Bogar is the author of American Presidents Attend the Theatre: The Playgoing Experiences of Each Chief Executive and John E. Owens: Nineteenth Century American Actor and Manager (McFarland, 2002), a biography of a 19th-century actor-manager.  His writing has also appeared in Washington History, Maryland Historical Magazine, Teaching Theatre, and Music Educators Journal.

Mr. Bogar is currently completing his next book, scheduled to be released this winter, entitled: Thomas Hamblin and the Bowery Theatre: The New York Reign of "Blood and Thunder" Melodramas.


 For more information about Mr. Bogar, visit his website at:  http://thomasabogar.com/index.html

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Summer 2018

The Civil War Round Table's program year extends from September through June.  A list of its speakers for the 2018-2019 Program Year is posted at www.cwrtdc.org   
Until then, consider attending the following programs scheduled by other organizations:

July 14th  10am - 4pm
Commemorate the Civil War Battle of Fort Stevens at Historic Fort Stevens, Quakenbos St. N.W. between 13th & Georgia Avenues, Washington, DC.
Sponsored by the National Park Service with the help of the Alliance To Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington.


For more information CLICK HERE to download a brochure
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Join National Park Service Ranger Steve Phan on select Friday evenings at 7:00 PM for special programs focusing on the rarely told stories of Civil War Washington D.C.  Programs run approximately ninety minutes and are free to the public.

July 27th
Freedom’s Forts: Fort Stevens, Camp Brightwood & Slavery (6001 13th St. NW, Washington DC, 20011)


August 31st
Washington D.C. Under Fire: Ft. Bayard & the Battle of Ft. Stevens (Fort Bayard Park bounded on the north by Western Ave and by Fesseden St. NW on the south, Washington DC, 20016)



September 28th
Freedom First: Contrabands, Camp Baker & Logan Circle (Intersection of 13th St. NW and Rhode Island NW, Washington DC, 20005) [Meet Park Ranger at General John A. Logan equestrian monument)
CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS MEETING:

CANDICE SHY HOOPER
speaks about
"Lincoln's Generals' Wives"

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
in the Campaign Room on the 2nd Floor at Ft. Myer Officers' Club, in Arlington, VA
located at 214 Jackson Avenue
(take elevator available immediately to the right as you enter the Club or take stairs to the left)
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION
Attendees will need to enter through security at the Hatfield gate; see instructions to enter Ft. Myer HERE 

(also see directions here) or (download them in pdf here)


6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar)
7 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture)
8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only)
Reservations Due By Tuesday, June 5, 5pm
(Note: cancellations after the due date are non-refundable, as we must pay for dinners based on the number of reservations reported to the Club on the due date regardless of actual attendance)
SEE THE INSTRUCTIONS TO THE RIGHT OF THIS POST
TO MAKE RESERVATIONS AND REMIT PAYMENT
If you have any problems making reservations online or would like to know about alternatives to making reservations or payments online,
please email Paula Whitacre at reservations@cwrtdc.org reservations@cwrtdc.org

About the Topic:
The story of the American Civil War is not complete without examining the extraordinary and influential lives of Jessie Frémont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant, the wives of Abraham Lincoln’s top generals. They were their husbands’ closest confidantes and had a profound impact on the generals’ ambitions and actions. Most important, the women’s own attitudes toward, and relationships with, Lincoln had major historical significance.


Candice Shy Hooper’s account covers the early lives of her subjects, as well as their families, their education, their political attitudes, and their personal beliefs. Once shots were fired on Fort Sumter, the women were launched out of their private spheres into a wholly different universe, where their relationships with their husbands and their personal opinions of the president of the United States had national and historical consequences.
Relying on a close reading of letters, memoirs, and other primary sources—and, for the first time, mapping the women’s wartime travels—Hooper explores the very different ways in which these remarkable women responded to the unique challenges of being Lincoln’s generals’ wives.

Ms. Hooper's book, The Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War - For Better and for Worse, has been awarded: the 2018 Gold Medal in Nonfiction,  Sarton Women’s Book Awards; the 2017 Silver Benjamin Franklin Book Prize in History,  Independent Book Publishers Association; and the 2017 Bronze Medal in History, Independent Publisher Book Awards.


About Our Speaker:
Born on Guam to a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman and his intrepid Hoosier wife, Candice Shy Hooper attended more than half a dozen schools before her high school graduation. The one constant in her nomadic life were libraries from Saipan to Norfolk, Virginia, which her parents made the family’s first stop after every household move. 

Ms. Hooper received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a law degree from Georgetown University.  After a career on Capitol Hill as aide to the late Congressman Charlie Wilson (“Charlie Wilson’s War”) and as a lobbyist with her husband, Ms. Hooper “discovered” her true intellectual passion.  Returning to school in 2006, she earned an MA in history, with a concentration in military history, from George Washington University.
Ms. Hooper’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Journal of Military History, and The Michigan War Studies Review.  She has spoken at the Society for Military History annual conference, Film & History annual conference, and the Society for Civil War Historians/  She has also lectured at the U. S. Naval Academy and George Washington University.

In addition, Ms. Hooper is an award-winning poet, whose work was selected for inclusion in District Lines, an anthology published by the renowned independent bookstore Politics & Prose.


Ms. Hooper serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of Military History and is a member of the Ulysses S. and Julia D. Grant Historical Home Advisory Board in Detroit, Michigan. She has served on the Board of Directors of President Lincoln’s Cottage at the National Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC, and is past president of the Johann Fust Library Foundation in Boca Grande, Florida, where she spends half the year with her husband Lindsay.  They spend the other half in Lindsay’s home state of Wyoming.



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CWRTDC'S PREVIOUS MEETING:
GARY CASTEEL
speaks about
"The Life of a CW Sculptor"

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
In the Skylight Room of the
Spates Community Club and Center
at Ft. Myer, in Arlington, VA
(take elevator available immediately to the right as you enter the Club or take stairs to the left)
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION
Attendees will need to enter through security at the Hatfield gate; see instructions to enter Ft. Myer HERE 

(also see directions here) or (download them in pdf here)

6 pm: Social Hour (cash bar)
7 pm: Dinner ($36 for dinner and lecture)
8 pm: Lecture ($5 for lecture only)
Reservations Due By Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 5pm
(Note: cancellations after the due date are non-refundable, as we must pay for dinners based on the number of reservations reported to the Club on the due date regardless of actual attendance)
SEE THE INSTRUCTIONS TO THE RIGHT OF THIS POST
TO MAKE RESERVATIONS AND REMIT PAYMENT
If you have any problems making reservations online or would like to know about alternatives to making reservations or payments online,
please email Paula Whitacre at reservations@cwrtdc.org reservations@cwrtdc.org

About the Topic:

Gary Casteel will describe what it took to become a recognized sculptor of historical events and persons, including his experiences (and trials) as a child and in school.  He will focus on the making of the statue of General James Longstreet and his current and future studio projects, including the proposed National Civil War Memorial. 

Mr. Casteel plans to bring signed copies of his booklet, "Its About Time," about the Longstreet monument. 


Incidentally, our meeting coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Longstreet monument dedication!


 About the Speaker:
Nationally recognized sculptor Gary Casteel, born in the hills of West Virginia, has always been fascinated with history and art. In the fourth grade, after seeing a picture of Michelangelo’s David, Mr. Casteel knew that sculpting was the profession he wished to follow. From the start, though, he recognized that raw talent was not enough to succeed. So, while living and working in the United States and abroad, he searched for professional sculptors in order to enhance his abilities by apprenticing under the masters. 
 
Mr. Casteel found that his keen sense of history, talent, and drive for producing pieces in his personal dynamic style would thrust him into the demanding light of success with the Gen. James Longstreet equestrian erected in the Gettysburg National Military Park.  Since then, his work has become highly regarded and requested by the National Park Service, state and local governments, corporations and private enterprises.
Mr. Casteel was honored in 2000 by the National Civil War Memorial Commission with an invitation to design and sculpt a fitting memorial to honor those events and individuals, civilian and military, during the War Between the States.  He continues to receive commissions and strives toward maintaining and preserving the American past in sculpture. 
Mr. Casteel lives in Gettysburg, PA, where he continues to pursue his love and life of sculpting.  

 

For more information about Mr. Casteel, visit the sites listed below:
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gary.casteel.14?ref=br_rs
 


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