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Confederate president Jefferson Davis was captured near Irwinville, Georgia in May of 1865 by members of the Fourth Michigan Cavalry and First Wisconsin Cavalry.

Georgia governor Joseph E. Brown worked to overcome the weapon shortage in the South.  He ordered the production of tens of thousands of iron-tipped pikes (similar to a spear) for the Georgia troops.  The useless weapons became known as "Joe Brown's pikes."

Union General George G. Meade's valiant horse was named 'Baldy'.  The 'Old Baldy' moniker was not used until Meade dies in 1872.

'We hear cannon booming [near the coast] by the hour, and they say the Yankees are going to play the very devil with our ducks.  I think I can detect a faint smell of powder in the breeze, and I fell a strange desire to go into some hole or other.... If I only had some good spirits, now, to take every morning, I think I could stand it very well.  Please send be some on receipt of this.  (N.B. Mark the box "Drugs, care Surgeon 2d Batt. Ala. Vols.")  Our major is sharp as a brier, and down on brandy like a duck on a June-bug.
                                   ~ an Alabama volunteer's request for alcohol
                                             and a word of warning on how to ship it

January 16, 2019

Open Round Table

GRCWRT Membership

West Dining Room
DeWitt Student Center
Kuyper College
3333 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7:00 pm
!! Note the New Start Time !!

Bring some friends!
Our program this month will be a true Civil War round table. We need you, and your fellow members, to bring Civil War related artifacts, pictures, documents, and stories to our January meeting to share them with the rest of the group. You say you have your great-great-grandmother’s letters that she received from her husband during the war? Bring them and tell us about them. You say you have some artifacts that you’ve collected and know something about their history? We want to see them and hear about them. You say you went to Petersburg on vacation this past summer? Bring the pictures and tell us about it. We really do want to see and hear about your Civil War antiques, histories, and vacations. No item or story is too big or too small.  Please remember, no firearms are allow on the Kuyper College campus.
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Membership fees for the 2018-2019 season will be $20.00.
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