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Upcoming meeting of the Raleigh CWRT:

The February 12, 2018 Event Features David Shultz in a Presentation on the Second Day at Gettysburg

The Raleigh Civil War Round Table’s February, 2018 meeting will feature a presentation by David Shultz, recently retired aerospace engineering systems technician, Civil War historian, author, and battlefield preservationist.   David's topic will be Principles, Policies and Politics -- Gettysburg:   the Second Day.

David L. Shultz was born in Harrisburg Pennsylvania where his North American ancestral roots date back to the the early 1800's.   His interest in the American Civil War began in 1958 when, as a youngster, he discovered five ancestors had participated as enlisted soldiers, four for the Union, one for the Confederacy.

Dating back to 1996, his publications include the following:

  • Double Canister at Ten Yards:   The Federal Artillery and the Repulse of Pickett's Charge
  • Guide to Pennsylvania Troops at Gettysburg
  • The Baltimore Pike Artillery Line and Kinzie’s Knoll
  • The Battle Between the Farm Lanes:   Hancock's Ride Saves the Union Center July 2, 1863, and
  • The Second Day at Gettysburg:   The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863.   (Coauthored by Scott Mingus, Sr.)

David is the recipient of the Jerry Russell Civil War America Association Battlefield Preservation Award as well as numerous others including from the House of Representatives Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and National Park Service for Meritorious Public Service for Battlefield and Monument Preservation.

Having recently retired after 30-years as an Aerospace Engineering Systems Technician, David is currently researching two new books:

  • From Pulpit to Chief of Artillery ANV:   The Military Experiences of Brigadier General William Nelson Pendleton 1861-1865, and
  • Complications and Complexities:   Confederate Artillery and the Great Cannonade Preceding the Repulse of Pickett’s Charge, Gettysburg July 3, 1863

David and his wife reside outside Jacksonville North Carolina.

Randy Sauls, an Attorney and Historian, is Named 2018 T. Harry Gatton Award Recipient

The recipient of the 2018 T. Harry Gatton Award, as announced at the January, 2018 meeting, is Randy Sauls.   Randy, who spoke at our September 11, 2017 program on The Battle of Goldsboro Bridge, was selected by the Raleigh CWRT Board in recognition of his leadership and accomplishments dedicated to the preservation of American Civil War history, research, and teaching especially in North Carolina.

Randy is a native of Goldsboro, N.C, who attended Goldsboro City and Wayne County schools.   He earned his bachelor’s degree in American History in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, in 1983, his Juris Doctorate from the Campbell University School of Law.   Randy is a licensed attorney and legal counsel and managing member of Sauls Title Company LLC.

Randy's non-professional spare time is spent in the pursuit of the study of history, with an emphasis on Civil War and local history.   He leads tours of Civil War battlefields throughout North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia as a volunteer for the Wayne Community College Arts and Humanities Program.   Tour sites include battlefields such as Fort Macon, New Bern, Southwest Creek, Kinston, Whitehall, Goldsborough Bridge, Gettysburg, Antietam, Harper’s Ferry, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Cold Harbor, Appomattox, Petersburg, Balls Bluff, Manassas, and others.

He is also the founder and president of the Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield Association, a non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of preserving and developing as a historic site Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield, site of the December 1862 Battle of Goldsborough Bridge.   He also serves on the board of directors of the Friends of Bentonville Battleground support group and is a frequent speaker on Civil War history around the state.

In non-Civil War history related activities, Randy has served as president of the North Carolina Land Title Association, president of the Wayne County Bar Association, and chairman of the Goldsboro Historic District.   He has served or is serving on the boards of the Friends of the Wayne County Public Library, the Wayne County Historic Association, the Wayne County Historic Preservation Revolving Fund, the Wayne County Museum, the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation, the Friends of Charles B. Aycock Birthplace, the Friends of the Cliffs of Neuse State Park, and the Wayne Community College Arts and Humanities Board.

Randy was previously awarded the Paul Green Multimedia award by the North Carolina Society of Historians, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation, and the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service award. Randy and his wife Jewel were recognized as Main Street Champions by the North Carolina Main Street Center and were awarded the Award of Merit for Historic Preservation for their work in renovating their home, the 1883 F.K. Borden home in Goldsboro.

Finally, Randy is a proud honorary member of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table.

Raleigh Civil War Round Table Documentary Available!   

Andrew Ballard, editor of The Knapsack, has produced a documentary film on behalf of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table covering the end of the Civil War in North Carolina.   It will be available for donations to the RCWRT and the proceeds will be used for educational and preservation activities related to North Carolina and the Civil War.

The film features historians and authors speaking on the major events of 1865 including:
  • Ed Bearss (Overview/Monroe's Crossroads)
  • Chris Fonvielle (Fort Fisher/Fort Anderson/Wilmington)
  • David Waller (Wyse Fork)
  • Andrew Duppstadt (CSS Neuse)
  • Wade Sokolosky (Averasboro)
  • Mark Bradley (Bentonville)
  • Chris Hartley (Stoneman's Raid)
  • Ernest Dollar (Raleigh/Morrisville)
  • Bob Farrell (Logan)
  • John Guss (Bennett Place)

The experts were all filmed at the applicable historical sites and re-enactment footage from the sesquicentennial events at Fort Fisher, Fort Anderson, and Bentonville is included.

Music by the Liberty Hall Drum & Fife Corps and the 26th North Carolina Field Music/Carolina Fifes and Drums, artwork by Stephen McCall, Martin Pate, and Darrell Combs, and maps by Mark A. Moore and Hal Jesperson are also in the documentary.
DVD's will be available at our monthly meetings for donations of $10 or more.   Checks should be made out to the Raleigh CWRT.