Monroe County Civil War Roundtable

April 2005

                                                                                                Order of Battle…..


1. The March 22 meeting offered a stellar presentation by reenactor and Roundtable member, Joel Foust, who discussed his uniform — that of a Western soldier in Lincoln’s army — and his accoutrements:  backpack, smooth-bore musket, dress hat, Minie ball ammunition, ammo bag, haversack, and bread sack.  Again, many thanks to Joel for an entertaining and edifying evening!  (Great appreciation is also due to the 25 souls who braved the rain to enjoy and contribute to the gathering!) CONGRATULATIONS TO Stan Ellis, WINNER OF OUR FIRST (OF MANY) CIVIL WAR QUIZZES!!!!! 


2. MEMBERSHIP  DUES have begun rolling in...and we are putting them to good use in paying printing and mailing costs.  Bring your dues ($15) to the April meeting, and become a proud member of the first and only Monroe County Civil War Roundtable. 


3. NEXT MEETING IS APRIL 19 and will feature Bill Overlease, who will discuss  examples of both Civil War cemeteries and Civil War song lyrics. Bill has made a study of the lyrics and how they changed as the War continued into four long and bloody years.  Civil War Quiz will center around Generals —  North and South.  There will also be a time to share our interests for program ideas so bring your thoughts on such We will meet for the first time in true Roundtable formation so as to encourage sharing and discussion of ideas.


4. OFFICER NOMINATIONS will be held at the short business meeting preceding the April 19 presentation.  If you missed the March meeting, and want to get a copy of the “Officer Job Descriptions” given out then, just email MJ Blustein at, and an attachment will be emailed to you.  Anyone who wants to stand for an office will be afforded up to 2 minutes to present yourself for nomination on April 19.  You may distribute short resumes also if you wish.  The membership will hold its officers election on May 17.


5. INTERESTED IN DOING A ROUNDTABLE PROGRAM?  Call or email Steve or MJ  — see below.  May 17 is covered.  We want to plan one field trip per month.  In June, July, and August, and will resume regular meetings in September.


6. CAN YOU BAKE?  CAN YOU BUY BAKED GOODS FROM ANY OF OUR FINE LOCAL MARKETS?   Then you may want to volunteer to provide provisions for our April meeting.  (Your out-of-pocket expense for this will be reimbursed if you provide MJ with a receipt.)  Contact MJ to volunteer!  WE NEED YOU.


7. UPCOMING REENACTMENTS:  See the web site  


8.  MAY program:  John Crosby on “Antietam and the Emancipation Proclamation”


     Ph.  332-2517

     MJ Blustein                 Steve Rolfe


7. A list of upcoming reenactments can be found on the web site: 

      If anyone is interested in car pooling to one or more, contact Steve.


8. May program will be John Crosby on Antietam.  Should you want to review information about the battle before John’s presentation, you will find lots of information on some of the links cited on the web site.  And/or you can always go to the search engine, Google, on Line and search for “Antietam.” County Library has references too.


HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ON APRIL 19, 6:30 P.M. AT THE MONROE COUNTY HISTORY CENTER, 6TH AND WASHINGTON.  And, as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions, suggestions, or comments:

MJ Blustein      Steve Rolfe


10. DID YOU KNOW…..that the conflict known to most of us as the Civil War has a long and checkered nomenclature.  Some samples:


The War for Constitutional Liberty The War for Southern Independence
The Second American Revolution

The War for States Rights

Mr. Lincoln’s War

The Southern Rebellion

The War for Southern Rights The War of the Rebellion
The War to Suppress Yankee Arrogance The Brothers’ War
The War of Secession The Great Rebellion
The War for Southern Nationality The Yankee Invasion
The War of Northern Aggression The War for Separation
The War Between the States The War for Southern Freedom
The Lost Cause  


Uniforms of the armies were varied and often confusing to each other.  Early on, Federal troops were often clad in “Standard Gray.”  Third York, 1st Vermont, and almost all Indiana troops wore gray with black Facings — as did all Georgia troops.


Of  546 nuns known to have served as battlefield nurses, 289 were from Ireland, 40 from Germany, and 12 from France.  (from The Civil War by Burke Davis)

                                                              Respectfully submitted,  MJ Blustein