The Sentinel

Newsletter of the

Monroe County Civil War Roundtable


 November 28, 2005                                                                                                                

November Meeting Canceled


A series of tornado warnings that began in the late afternoon and lasted until well into the Roundtable meeting time forced the last minute cancellation of the November meeting. Our thanks and apologies go out to our scheduled presenter, Mark Acres, who was to speak on “Gettysburg: The Controversy Continues 140 Years Later”. Mark will visit us later in the spring with this always interesting topic.


Veterans’ Day Program


CWR member Charlie Matson, along with Patsy Powell, a direct descendant of Big Dave van Buskirk, organized a memorial commemoration for a Revolutionary War veteran and two Civil War soldiers that are buried in the Buskirk Cemetery in northwest Monroe County. Re-enactors from both eras and over a dozen folks led a candle light procession to the cemetery and enjoyed personal histories and readings to honor these brave Americans. Plans are for an even better ceremony in 2006. After the service, several attendees retreated to the Hilltop Restaurant in Spencer to “download” the experience and enjoy the camaraderie of the evening.


By-Laws Update


Due to the cancellation of the November meeting, the introduction of the proposed by-laws of the CWR will be done at the business portion of the December event. If you would like to read these “rules of the road” for our new organization, look at our web site ( or contact Steve Rolfe at 336-0757,


Spread the Word!


Call a friend, tell a co-worker…let others you meet know about our group. We are interested in gaining all type of members, including those with little knowledge of the subject but lots of interest, students, devotees…in a word…anyone! Meeting are set for the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the meeting room of the Monroe County History Center, 202 E. 6th St. in Bloomington, 332-2517.



Membership List


Plans are set to share the membership rolls of the roundtable at the December and future meetings. It was thought that many of us might have information to share with others via e-mail and that it was just a good idea for everyone to have the opportunity to know who their fellow buffs are. If anyone feels they have a problem sharing this information with other roundtable members, let Steve Rolfe know (see above) and your name will be removed from the published list.




It takes a little money to keep an organization like the Roundtable going. There are refreshments to be provided, postage, honorarium purchases, etc. If you are a regular attendee, or plan to be, and have not yet paid, please see Kevin Shiflet, our treasurer, at the next meeting.




Speaking of refreshments, anyone interested in or willing to help out for one or more meetings should contact Steve Rolfe and let him know. We are hoping to be able to sample some Civil War recipes (hardtack with mealy works excepted!), so jump in and be creative. Expenses will be covered. All we need is the enthusiasm and desire.


Secretary Needed


We are in need of a recording secretary to assist with keeping minutes, producing the Sentinel, maintaining a membership roster, and other general minor clerical duties associated with the group. Anyone willing should contact Steve Rolfe, CWR President, or any of our officer corps. Please don’t be shy. Assistance will be happily provided to willing but “unsure-if-I-can” volunteers.


December Meeting


Join us on Tuesday, December 20th, when Deborah Cronin shows us how the holidays were celebrated during the war era, complete with songs and refreshments. Members are encouraged to bring spouses, friends, etc. to enjoy this seasonal historical treat. As always, we meet at 6:30 pm at the Monroe County History Center, 6th & Washington.