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Upcoming meeting of the Raleigh CWRT:

May 13, 2019 Event Features Dr. Gerald Prokopowicz, Ph.D., on his book All For The Regiment:   The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862.

Our upcoming meeting will be on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm in Daniels Auditorium at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh and will feature Dr. Gerald Prokopowicz, Ph.D., on his book All For The Regiment:   The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862.   This will be preceded at 6:30 pm by a social "half-hour".

Historian Gerald ("Gerry") J. Prokopowicz is a professor and chair of the history department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where he teaches American history, including courses in American military history.   He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, where he studied under Lincoln biographer David Herbert Donald.   While his research specialty is the American Civil War, Gerry is also passionate about World War II and a frequent visitor to its European battlefields.

Gerry is the author of Did Lincoln Own Slaves?   Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Abraham Lincoln and the critically acclaimed All For The Regiment:   The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862.   He is also the online host of Civil War Talk Radio.   He served for nine years as the resident Lincoln Scholar at the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he helped create the award-winning exhibit Abraham Lincoln and the American Experiment and edited Lincoln lore.   He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Lincoln Studies Center and the Lincoln Forum.

Gerry has written numerous articles and book reviews for popular magazines and professional historical journals, and was the editor of Lincoln Lore, the quarterly bulletin of the Lincoln Museum.   He is a frequent public speaker on Lincoln-related topics and a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Board of Advisors.

CIVIL WAR TALK RADIO

Finally, Gerry is in his 15th season going back to 2004 as the host of Civil War Talk Radio, a weekly, hour long, intenet-based talk radio show.   Each week, Gerry interviews leading historians, authors, enthusiasts, etc. on all things Civil War related.   As of April 17, 2019, there are currently 462 one-hour interviews available to listen to online or to download as MP3 files.   Click here for a list containing a sampling of these recordings based on authors whose names are familiar to this webmaster.   For the complete list, click here to go to Impediments of War, a website devoted to archiving every one of Gerry's interviews.

Gerry has a PayPal Donation button on the Impediments of War website.   All donations go directly to Gerry for his Book Fund and are not tax deductible.   If you wish to, you can also click here to make a donation.

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A Synopsis of Gerald Prokopowicz's book All For The Regiment, The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862

Despite its important role in the early years of the Civil War, the Army of the Ohio remains one of the least studied of all Union commands.   With All for the Regiment, Gerald Prokopowicz deftly fills this surprising gap.   He offers an engaging history of the army from its formation in 1861 to its costly triumph at Shiloh and its failure at Perryville in 1862.

Prokopowicz shows how the amateur soldiers who formed the Army of the Ohio organized themselves into individual regiments of remarkable strength and cohesion.   Successive commanders Robert Anderson, William T. Sherman, and Don Carlos Buell all failed to integrate those regiments into an effective organization, however.   The result was a decentralized and elastic army that was easily disrupted and difficult to command--but also nearly impossible to destroy in combat.

Exploring the army's behavior at minor engagements such as Rowlett's Station and Logan's Cross Roads, as well as major battles such as Shiloh and Perryville, Prokopowicz reveals how its regiment-oriented culture prevented the army from experiencing decisive results--either complete victory or catastrophic defeat--on the battlefield.   Regimental solidarity was at once the Army of the Ohio's greatest strength, he argues, and its most dangerous vulnerability.

All For The Regiment, The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862 is available for purchase from Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC by clicking here.   It can also be found on Amazon.com by clicking here.   It is available from other bookstores as well.

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An Opinion by Dr. Chris Fonvielle on the "Silent Sam" Controversy

In the wake of the mid-2018 toppling of the "Silent Sam" statue at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Jr., History Professor emeritus, UNC, Wilmington, has written an opinion in StarNews Online that can be accessed by clicking on the following link:   Historic Context Vital for Confederate Monuments.

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Member-Produced Civil War Documentary Film Available

Andrew Ballard, editor emeritus 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 is available for donations to the RCWRT and the proceeds are being used for educational and preservation activities related to North Carolina and the Civil War.   Our current preservation project involves a NC State flag belonging to the 30th NC Regiment which we have "adopted".   So far, we have raised $6,849 toward our goal of $8,000 to cover the cost of preservation.   All donations earmarked for this project are appreciated.

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.

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