THE RECALL JOURNAL....A Publication of The Civil War Round Table of Greater Boston, since 1957, striving to serve its readers with the latest and best information about its members and their meetings, about upcoming Civil War and other Historical, Reenactor, and Veteran organization events, along with Civil War facts and dates to remember, as well as being a clarion call to ALL who want to protect the Historical Integrity of this great Nation, that once nearly became permanently divided.

The Civil War Round Table of Greater Boston, since its beginnings in 1957, has been a leader in Local and National Preservation Efforts, in Local Veterans and Reenactor Efforts, and in the Educational Outreach to our Schoolchildren, by going out into the School Systems and by bringing these youngsters into our organization as equal members. According to the late Jerry Russell of The Civil War Round Table Associates, Greater Boston is the 13th OLDEST CWRT on the Planet Earth!!!!!

The Civil War Round Table of Greater Boston is open to ANYONE, wherever they live, of ANY age, sex, color, gender, or Historical persuasion on this great and tragic event. We welcome ALL who have ANY interest in History, not necessarily Civil War, who would like to join us at our meetings of oral and written Presentations, Four Days In May Battlefield Tours, Seminars, or Veteran and Reenactor Events.

March 2019 ............................................Volume MMVXI..........No. 65

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS.........................................................................

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE of GREATER BOSTON meets every FOURTH (4th) Friday of each month at 7:15 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE the new starting time)This is true except for November and December, which due to National Holidays are now held as a Joint Xmas Party meeting with the Northshore/Lynn Chapter in early December. All meetings are now generally held at The Waltham Community Room (downstairs )at The Waltham Clarke Government Center Building 119 School St./corner Lexington St. (enter from the rear where there is parking). In case of inclement weather, please check local Radio Stations for late news President: David L. Smith 3 Waverley Oaks Rd. #202 Waltham, Ma. 02452-6274 Tel: (781) 647-3332 or Email: cwrtmass@comcast.net

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE of CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS (CWRT, INC.) meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Holden Senior Center on Main St. in Holden, Ma. at 7:00 p.m. along with some meetings at off site locations in Worcester. President: Bob Carlson, email: carlson66@msn.com

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE of CAPE COD meets each month on the Third (3rd) Mondayof the month at 1:00 p.m. at The Yarmouth Senior Citizen Center at 528 Forest Drive Yarmouth off Exit 8 on Rte. 6 with more informal meetings duuing the summertimes. President: Fred Wexler at wexfm@earthlink.net or John Myers Programming at Telephone..(508) 896-6421

THE GREATER NEW BEDFORD CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE meets on the fourth Tuesday of each monthat the Fort Taber Military Museum meets on Fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. 1000 S. Rodney French Blvd. New Bedford .....Joe Langlois, President at j2langs@earthlink.net

THE GENERAL LANDER CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE meets on the second (2nd) Friday of each month at The Lynn G.A.R. Hall on 58 Andrews St. in Lynn, Ma. at 7:30 p.m. with occasional offsite meetings and Special Events in the Northshore President: Dexter Bishop 387 Old Boston Rd. Topsfield, Ma. 01983 Tel: (978) 887 - 2264 EMAIL: Dexter@cwrtnorthshore.org or genord9@comcast.net or their Website www.cwrtnortshore.org (currently under revision)

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE of NORTH WORCESTER COUNTY/LEOMINSTER meets on the second (2nd) Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Leominster Historical Society 50 School St. Leominster, Ma. 01453 also invites ALL to visit us Information Contact:President, Tim Shea at nwccwrt@comcast.net or 508-963-0559. For information please contact Tom Bailey at TBailey451@aol.com

THE OLDE COLONY CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE meets on the Third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at The Endicott Estate at 656 East St. in Dedham with Mini Bit speakers as well as a regular presentation....go to www.occwrt.org or President Joe Dipoli at jdipoli@aol.com

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Minutes of CWRT of Greater Boston Meeting March 22, 2019

 

CWRTGB President opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Dave mentioned that there have been rumors going around about the health of Ed Barnes. Ed is doing fine

There was a ceremony last December by the navy honoring Thomas Hudner by naming a new destroyer after him. Hudner was a navy captain and medal of honor winner from Massachusetts.

Dave mentioned that we need to nominate someone as recipient of the next Holmes Award. Candidates mentioned were the Shenandoah Valley Foundation and Dexter Bishop for the preservation of the GAR hall.

Al smith mentioned that tee shirts honoring the Sons of Union Veterans are available for $20 and tee shirts honoring the Grand Army of the Republic are available for $10.

Dave Smith mentioned that we have a commitment by the city of Waltham to allow us to use our current meeting room until 2021.

Al Smith mentioned that we have 50 reservations so far for our May trip to Washington DC.

Dave then introduced Kevin Levin, a teacher at Waltham’s Gann Academy, who spoke to us about the myth of black confederate soldiers.

The myth is that there were up to 9000 confederate black soldiers. Here are pictures that appear to show black soldiers in uniform, but these are deceiving says Levin. Many of the blacks in Uniform were camp servants of confederate officers that had been allowed to purchase a uniform or had been given one by their master.

Most of the blacks in confederate camps were slave labor doing things like digging earthworks, etc. Some camp servants saw battle along with their masters, but did not have guns and did not fight. Some blacks served as entertainers for the white soldiers. Between 1861 and 1865, the confederate army rejected free blacks who wanted to serve as soldiers. Many camp slaves ran away to join the union army. This caused confusion by soldiers when their camp servants ran away. They could not understand why.

There is a confederate monument in Arlington National Cemetery which shows body servants along side soldiers.

The book and movie Roots caused a change in how Americans viewed the civil war.

The growth of the internet in the 1970’s, along side movies and books glorifying the lost cause led to the propagation of the myth about black confederate soldiers.

Free blacks purchased slaves who were family members.

There were no confederate back soldiers until the final two weeks of the war when the confederates were desperate for manpower. These soldiers never did see battle and were locked up at night for fear that they turn against their fellow confederate soldiers.

 

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TAPS--


MAY THEY ALL REST IN PEACE in their places in HEAVEN.

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This section will now show proper respect to the fallem of Massachusetts with notices from The Governor's Office for the lowering of the Flags to Half Staff.....


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Flags to be retired can be from government entities, businesses, or residences.

Flags can be dropped off at the Massport Fire Station on Harborside Drive at Logan Airport or at the security desk in the Logan Office Center, also on Harborside Drive.

Flags can also be mailed to the Security Office, One Harborside Drive, Suite 200 S, Boston, MA 02128.

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DUES ARE DUE!!!!! DUES ARE DUE!!!!! DUES ARE DUE!!!!!
Dues for Individuals and for Family Memberships are $25.00. Pay early...Pay Often.... Pay Now... Avoid The Rush...Then Pay More...Pay Until It Hurts...Then Pay Some More...Pay Now...Pay Later...Just Pay...Remeber Folks, this is how we pay for this Organization to run, and pay for the expenses of THE RECALL. None of these funds go to pay any Officer Salaries or Perks (unfortunately). Remember, if you do NOT pay by December 31st of any year, your name will be dropped from the mailing List of THE RECALL, so get that Check in the mail. REMEMBER...our year begins on September 1, 2015 of and ends on August 31, 2016......ALSO REMEMBER that this is how we not only pay for the expense of THE RECALL, but our Administrative expense of running this CWRT and donations to Preservation. There are NO expenses for Officers Pay or Perks!!!! So pay Early, and Pay often!!! Remember, you MUST pay by December 31st of any year to stay on THE RECALL mailing list........Starting this year, each mailing label will show Sept. 15-16 which means that you are in fact paid for this current year. If you seee any other date on the label, it means that according to our records, you have not paid Greater Boston or your own Chapter Treasurer, or our records are incorrect. Other than these, are "F" for Family and 'L' and "SPEC' labels for those Lifers and Special individuals or groups as separate folks who receive THE RECALL Also please do NOT forget to let us know as early as posible about address changes...By the way, folks,...if you would like to add a few bucks or so, when you pay your dues, and dedicate those EXTRA DOLLARS to PRESERVATION,...just let us know that when you send the check.....PLEASE make any additional donations with your dues as a separate check to eliminate Deposit problems. And Thanxxxx in advance. As of today, many folks have already re-upped for the 2015-2016 season and some have added a few extra bucks for Preservation. Now, I can also ask for some of 'few extra bucks' to cover the cost of all of these Flags in Display Cases that I will be giving to the families.......THANXXXXX!!!!
ALL checks for Dues or Local Preservation should be mailed to our Treasurer..... AL SMITH 11 POPLAR ST> BELMONT, MA> 02478.

G IVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED CIVIL WAR MASSES!!!! YEARNING TO HAVE FUN THE CIVIL WAR WAY!!!! JOIN US WHEREVER YOU ARE!!!! ATTEND WHEN YOU CAN BECAUSE YOU LOVE HISTORY!!!********************************************************************************************************************************THIS MONTH IN CIVIL WAR HISTORY.......Important dates to remember.....Important People and Battles.....

On March 4, 1861, Lincoln inaugurated 16th president......On March 4, 1865, Lincoln's second inaugural......On March 4, 1826, Gen. John Buford, US, born.....On March 6, 1831, Gen. Philip H. Sheridan , US, born......On March 7 - 8, 1862, Battle of Pea Ridge.....On March 9, 1862, Battle of USS Monitor and CSS Virginia.....On March 12, 1864, Red River Campaign begins and U.S. Grant promoted to command all Union forces.....On March 16, 1861, Arizona secedes.....On March 17, 1828, Gen. Patrick Cleburne, CS, born...On March 17, 1865, campaign to  capture Mobile begins.....On March 28, 1818, Gen. Wade Hampton, CS, born.....On March 28, 1862, Taylor marches to reinforce Jackson....On March 29, 1865, Appomattox Campaign begins.

ON ANY DAY, remember our Flag, our Veterans, and our POWs!!! ..LET US NEVER FORGET!!!!!

God Bless The Republic. God Bless our service men and women. May all of our honored dead rest in peace.American War. (Editor's Note...As it says at the end of This Month etc.....Let us NEVER FORGET!!

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