West Coast Civil War Round Table Conference 2019 Crashed by ECW

November 8-10 was the 2019 West Coast Civil War Round Table Conference. This year it was held in Sacramento, California. I had attended them for years, only taking a break when I was out-of-state. Now I go again. Besides, I had to! Emerging Civil War took over the conference!ECW at WCCWRT conferece.jpg

Fearless Leader

Fearless leader Chris Mackowski turned the meeting room into the Chancellorsville battlefield a couple of times. Mr. Chancellorsville Dave Powell followed suit with his commentary, both making the argument that Chancellorsville was the REAL High Tide of the Confederacy. After all, Lee lost at Gettysburg. Lovely Sarah Bierle charmed one and all with her in-depth analysis of generalship at the Battle of New Market as well as selling out the copies of Call Out the Cadets she had brought with her.

Miss Sarah

Publisher Ted Savas was there as well, leaving not a dry eye in the house as he presented the story of the Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham and what it took to publish this fantastic book. To say that ECW owned that conference would be an understatement. Comments about all the presenters, including Dr. Paul Kahan, Jim Stanbery, and Edwin L. Kennedy, Jr., were positive. Hopefully, everything will translate into an even broader membership for this blog and Civil War Round Tables in general.

Super Dave aka Mr. Chancellorsville

One of my favorite parts of this event is the ongoing raffle, auction, and bidding for Civil War stuff that takes place at the end of each segment of talk. I had heard rumors about “the quilt” this year. It was rumored to be the most beautiful and authentic one ever offered. Rumors proved to be accurate, and I hoarded my money until the quilt came up for auction. Bidding was spirited, to say the least. Nevertheless, I was victorious and am now the owner of a copy of a quilt initially made by the U. S. Sanitary Commission. One block even says “Union” on it. And–it matches the pretty tortoiseshell fur of my cat, whose name is–are you ready for it?–Thurlow Weed. Ms. Weed looks very regal on it. I certainly think so. Supporting the West Coast Civil War Round Table Conference and getting a cat quilt is, in my opinion, pretty sweet.

Thurlow Weed on her new quilt

Check out the Civil War Round Tables in your area. You may be pleasantly surprised!


3 Responses to West Coast Civil War Round Table Conference 2019 Crashed by ECW

  1. A very well written review of the West Coast Conference. I agree that all the speakers were wonderfully dynamic and knowledgeable. I did not realize that you were the one who outbid everyone for that quilt. What a wonderful donation you made for the Civil War organization.

  2. If the West Coast Civil War Roundtable ever wishes to hold an event in Phoenix or Tucson, please let me know. I’ll gladly help organize and support it.

  3. Seeing as we’re on the topic—at least somewhat—of Civil War Roundtables, I’d like to offer a suggestion, one which might make it easier for younger people to attend regularly: don’t hold your meetings in the middle of the day during the workweek. The Tucson Roundtable, for example, meets on Fridays at noon. That’s great for retirees, but terrible for people who work or care for families.

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