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February 15, 2017

Jim Spurr

Captain Robert Smalls;
Slave to Politician

Dewitt Student Center
Kuyper College
3333 E. Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

 Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Bring some friends!
The Grand Rapids Civil War Round Table welcomes Jim Spurr and his presentation on Robert Smalls.  Smalls was an enslaved man who not only gained his freedom but went on to become a Captain in the Union Navy and a successful politician.  Come here the incredible story of this amazing man.
Cutlass: The blade naval personnel used in hand-to-hand combat.

Chevaux-De-Frise: The obstructions built with a long cross-beam supporting a series of lance like pointed stakes.  They took time and skill to make, but they could easily be picked up and moved around.  They weren't much help against infantry, but could be frightening for cavalry, whose mounts might impale themselves on the sharpened points.

Battery:  The basic unit of artillery of both armies in the Civil War.  Each battery consisted of four to six cannons.

Coal Bomb:  The invention of two brilliant brothers who loved to tinker with explosives.  The small bombs were enclosed in heavy black iron cases and looked like lumps of coal.  They would be strategically placed on coal barges and then unknowingly shoveled into the boilers of ships, with devastating effect.
Special Announcements:
Our Next Meeting

Membership fees for the 2016-2017 season will be $20.00.
Checks can be made out to GRCWRT.
Get your membership/renewal form on our 
Membership page or at the meeting.
Dues are based on the meeting year, September - June.


Refreshments for our February meeting will be provided by:

Civil War Notes
Robert Small, U.S. Representitive