Welcome to The Capital District Civil War Round Table

Welcome to The Capital District Civil War Round Table

Peter Carmichael: The War for the Common Soldier

Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Director Peter Carmichael talked with Capital District Civil War Round Table member Nick Thony about his book The War for the Common Solider: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies. 

In Memoriam

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Gene Gore, Longtime CDCWRT Officer and Member

Gene Gore, 83, passed away February 16, 2020, following complications with heart disease. He will be loved and missed by his wife of 33 years, Alice Turcotte; his children, Bill (Elle) Aal, Julie Hauptman, Brenda (Brian) Hatch, and Bill (Jen) Turcotte; grandchildren, Vicky (Sam) Hauptman-Bryan, Ben (Cira) Hatch, Jeremy Hatch, and Justin Hatch; great-grandson, Miles Hauptman-Bryan; many nieces and nephews; his close friends, Chip, Galen, Nelson, Arnold, and Stu; and his beloved pets, Jake and Sadie. Gene was predeceased by his first wife, Helen Hauptman Gore; his parents, Raymond and Evelyn Gore; and his brothers, Raymond and Robert Gore. Born, raised and educated in western Massachusetts, he had a long career in educational psychology. He retired from Mechanicville C.S.D. He was also a life-long history buff. Gene was active in Capital District Civil War Round Table and Da Buffs groups and was the author of two historical novels based on his family's history during the Revolutionary War and Civil War ("Caleb"© 2017 and "Zachariah Tufts" © 2019). At Gene's request, no services will be held. The family plans to honor Gene's life with a private banquet for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gene's name may be made to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society at mohawkhumane.org. Condolences may be made at meyersfuneralhome.com

CDCWRT Book Recommendations

The War for the Common Soldier

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

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How did Civil War soldiers endure the brutal and unpredictable existence of army life during the conflict? This question is at the heart of Peter S. Carmichael's sweeping new study of men at war. Based on close examination of the letters and records left behind by individual soldiers from both the North and the South, Carmichael explores the totality of the Civil War experience--the marching, the fighting, the boredom, the idealism, the exhaustion, the punishments, and the frustrations of being away from families who often faced their own dire circumstances. Read more here. 

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

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The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. Read more or purchase here. 

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps

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The Civil War was just days old when the first enslaved men, women, and children began fleeing their plantations to seek refuge inside the lines of the Union army as it moved deep into the heart of the Confederacy. In the years that followed, hundreds of thousands more followed in a mass exodus from slavery that would destroy the system once and for all. Drawing on an extraordinary survey of slave refugee camps throughout the country, Embattled Freedom reveals as never before the everyday experiences of these refugees from slavery as they made their way through the vast landscape of army-supervised camps that emerged during the war. Read more or purchase here. 

When the Irish Invaded Canada

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps

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Just over a year after Robert E. Lee relinquished his sword, a band of Union and Confederate veterans dusted off their guns. But these former foes had no intention of reigniting the Civil War. Instead, they fought side by side to undertake one of the most fantastical missions in military history: to seize the British province of Canada and to hold it hostage until the independence of Ireland was secured. Read more here. 

Too Much for Human Endurance

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America

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The bloodstains are gone, but the worn floorboards remain. The doctors, nurses, and patients who toiled and suffered and ached for home at the Army of the Potomac’s XI Corps hospital at the George Spangler Farm in Gettysburg have long since departed. Happily, though, their stories remain, and noted journalist and George Spangler Farm expert Ronald D. Kirkwood brings these people and their experiences to life in “Too Much for Human Endurance”: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg. Read more here.

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America

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Barton Key, son of Francis Scott and US Attorney for Washington, lies dead in front of the White House.  Congressman Daniel Sickles is the killer.  The cause: a liaison with his wife, Teresa.  A sensational trial, shocking defense, and surprise verdict riveted the nation in America's first major scandal. Read more here. 

The Decline of the Civil War Re-enactor (NY Times)

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The 155th anniversary Gettysburg re-enactment was a snapshot of a hobby with dwindling ranks.

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