Thursday, October 9, 2008

Double Honor: The Story of John and William Black

The Louisville Civil War Round Table will welcome speaker Dave Hinze to our October meeting. Dave is a freelance tour guide and author focusing on the early portion of our country’s history. His company, Stars & Stripes Events, arranges tours for individuals and groups throughout the country featuring tours from the French & Indian War through Truman’s presidency. The co-author of The Battle of Carthage: Border War in Southwest Missouri,, July 5, 1861 and of additional numerous articles Dave also delivers several speeches a year to groups across the country. A retired American history teacher of 32 years Hinze no longer inflicts himself upon America’s teenagers. He remains busy at their blueberry farm and numerous other activities.

His tropic: Double Honor: The Story of John & William Black

There are only five sets of brothers to win The Congressional Medal of Honor in our Civil War. The Black brothers, from Danville, IL, are the only siblings to earn their medals west of the Mississippi River at the Battles of Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove, Arkansas. Officers in the 37th Illinois, or the Fremont Rifles, the brothers became frustrated away from the main theaters of combat yet when tested on the battlefield they were determined to lead above and beyond the call of duty. The Black’s story is an amazing chronicle of the fighting in the Trans-Mississippi featuring gritty combat leadership with their exploits painted in blood.

On The Battle of Carthage: Border War in Southwest Missouri

Fall Field Trip to Camp Wildcat Set for Sunday, October 26

The LCWRT annual Fall Field trip will be to Camp Wildcat on Sunday, October 26. Chris Kolakowski will be our guide and will lead us up Wildcat Mountain to learn about the battle that took place there October 21, 1861. We will meet at the foot of Wildcat Mountain and walk the battlefield in about 4 hours. This will be one of our more active walking tours!

2009 Field Trip: Chancellorsville April 15-19

The LCWRT Spring Trip will be to Virginia in April 2009 to study the Campaign and Battle of Chancellorsville! National Park historian Greg Mertz will be the tour guide. The dates for this trip are April 15-19 so mark your calendars now. We will be studying the entire campaign including cavalry raids, Second Fredericksburg, Salem Church, and all related Stonewall Jackson sites.

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