November 2013 (vol. 61, Num. 2)

On November 5, 2013, in Uncategorized, by chaleybgis
  • Meeting reservations are due by November 13, 2013.
  • Cancellations due to A.J. Singleton, (859) 231-3692 or within 72 hours of the meetingas we are charged for all dinners ordered including guests.
  • Cost of Meal: $26 CHECKS ACCEPTABLE. Checks should be made payable to “Kentucky Civil War Round Table.” For our September meeting, we had a meal price of $25 per meal which was a special price for that particular meeting. For our November meeting and subsequent meetings this “cycle,” the price will revert to the $26 per meal price we have each previously paid. We look forward to seeing each of you at the November meeting.

“What America Has Forgotten: 1846-1861”

Bud RobertsonBud Robertson will be our speaker for the November meeting. Few people, if any, know as much about the American Civil War as James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr. Robertson feels strongly about his subject. “We can see parallels today to the years leading up to the Civil War,” In light of current events, collapse of compromise in America is a timely subject. “The two sides in Congress aren’t listening to one another, and so there is polarization and paralysis. That was very much the case in the 1840s and 1850s – every year, the rhetoric got turned up a notch.” “Eventually, a momentum built up for war that could not be stopped. Fort Sumter was an unfinished facility with 75 Union soldiers stationed there, not a threat to anybody. The firing on the fort wasn’t really what started the war, only the fuse that lit the bonfire of discontent that had already been built.”

A professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, Robertson was named by President John F. Kennedy to head up the Civil War Centennial Committee in 1961; he now is a major player in the Sesquicentennial observance. I wouldn’t “bet against him resurfacing in 2061.” “Virginia has taken the lead in this (the Sesquicentennial),” Robertson said.

“Our emphasis is going to be on local history. We’re taking that history to the people in a big way, using a 53-foot

tractor trailer packed with Civil War artifacts and information.” Already, this behemoth has rumbled from Tidewater to Southwest Virginia to Manassas and back, matching its visits to where the war had progressed in the 1860s.

A former college football referee, Robertson is a firm believer in examining both sides of every issue. Although he is a southerner with ancestral roots to the conflict (all on the Confederate side), he has learned to view the war in all its complexity. “I believe in discussions and debate,” he said. “I don’t believe in arguments.” Especially when cannons become involved.

Robertson is the author or editor of more than 20 books that include such award-winning studies as Civil War! America Becomes One Nation, General A.P. Hill, and Soldiers Blue and Gray. His massive biography of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the base for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, “Gods and Generals”. Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film. In recent years, his historical commentaries on National Public Radio made him something of a rock star in his field.

The recipient of every major award given in the Civil War field, and a lecturer of national acclaim, Dr. Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker before Civil War groups than anyone else in the field.

He holds the Ph.D. degree from Emory University and honorary doctorates from Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University. He is presently an Alumni Distinguished Professor, one of ten such honorees among Virginia Tech’s 2,200 faculty. He is also Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, created by the University in 1999.

Robertson is also a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.


  • January 13, 2014 – Luke Harlow
  • March 17, 2014 – Carol Reardon
  • May 19, 2014 – Susannah Ural

Treasurer’s Report

Chris Anderson

Currently our membership stands at 374. Our goal of 400 members is within reach. Please bring a guest to our next meeting; our new member initiation fee is only $25

If for some reason you missed paying your 2013 dues they are only $50. Dues for 2014 paid before year end are $45 and $50 thereafter.

We have 25 missed reservations this year that have not paid resulting in a $625 loss to the Roundtable. If you think you may have missed paying for a meal please mail us your check for $25. Let’s be sure we honor all meeting reservations in the future and if you make one be sure it is paid whether or not you attend the meeting.

Our fund drive for the projector is still open with $567 collected to date towards our goal of $2,500. Please make a contribution which will enable us to avoid the hefty hotel rental fees for AV equipment.

Remember the Round Table is an IRC 501(C) (3) tax exempt organization and your contributions and dues are tax deductible. Your contributions and dues will help to provide quality programs in the coming year.

Anyone wishing a copy of the annual or interim financial statements can request a copy by emailing your request to

President’s Corner

  • E-mails/Mailing Address – “FLASH” – If your e-mail address or your mailing address changed, please advise of change to Ollie Puckett at This may have occurred because of a change of provider like “insightbb” to “timewarnercable (TWC). Take a minute to e-mail, phone or mail us with any change.
  • Dues Reminder Dues Statements have been mailed. The discount dues of $45 must be postmarked before January 1, 2014. All Membership card will be mailed the last week of January.
  • Raffle – We will be raffling two books at the meeting. Title of books: Empire of The Summer Moon and General Lee’s Army – From Victory to Collapse. Stop by the reception table and pick up your tickets. Tickets will be 3 for $5.00.


Battle of Mill Springs Tour November 16, 2013

Price is $175.00 and includes a light continental breakfast, lunch at the Visitors Center, mid-afternoon refreshments, maps, reading material and bus transportation. You need to hurry and sign up if you can make it.

Few battles of the American Civil War can be said to have had enormous strategic influence on the course of the conflict. Though small compared to many other battles of the Civil War, the January 19, 1862 engagement at Mill Springs had significant impact on the course of the War west of the Appalachian Mountains. We will walk the battlefield, and discuss each significant aspect of the fighting, including Colonel Frank Wolford’s 1st Kentucky Cavalry’s operations, the battle of the 15th Mississippi and the 2nd Minnesota at the fence rails, the death of General Felix Zollicoffer and the attack of the 9th Ohio. We will visit the Confederate winter camps, General George B. Crittenden’s Headquarters before the battle, the final artillery positions of General George H. Thomas’s Union force, and follow the Confederate retreat all the way to the site where the remnants of the army were ferried across the Cumberland River. Lunch will be held at the new visitors center. On the way to the battlefield we will visit Camp Dick Robinson, one of the most critical sites in Kentucky’s Civil War history, and a site important to the Mill Springs story. Returning, we will briefly stop at and discuss Camp Nelson.



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