March 2014 (vol. 61, Num. 4)

On March 12, 2014, in Uncategorized, by chaleybgis
  • Meeting reservations are due by March 12, 2014.
  • Cancellations due to A.J. Singleton, (859) 231-3692 or aj.singleton@skofirm.com within 72 hours of the meetingas we are charged for all dinners ordered, including those of guests.
  • Cost of Meal: $26 CHECKS ACCEPTABLE.

Gary Matthews

“Thomas Hines”

Thomas Henry Hines (October 8, 1838 – January 23, 1898) was a Confederate cavalryman who was known for his spying activities during the last two years of the American Civil War. A native of Butler County, Kentucky, he initially worked as a grammar instructor, mainly at the Masonic University of La Grange, Kentucky. During the first year of the war, he served as a field officer, initiating several raids. He was an important assistant to John Hunt Morgan, doing a preparatory raid (Hines’ Raid) in advance of Morgan’s Raid through the states of Indiana and Ohio, and after being captured with Morgan, organized their escape from the Ohio Penitentiary. He was later involved in espionage and tried to stir up insurrections against the Federal government in selected Northern locales.

On several occasions during the war, Hines was forced to make narrow, seemingly impossible, escapes. At one point, he concealed himself in a mattress that was being used at the time; on another occasion, he was confused for the actor and assassin John Wilkes Booth, a dangerous case of mistaken identity that forced him to flee Detroit in April 1865 by holding a ferry captain at gunpoint. Union agents viewed Hines as the man they most needed to apprehend, but apart from the time he served at the Ohio Penitentiary in late 1863, he was never captured.

After the war, once it was safe for him to return to his native Kentucky, he settled down with much of his family in Bowling Green. He started practicing law, which led him to serve on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, eventually becoming its Chief Justice. Later, he practiced law in Frankfort, Kentucky, until his death in 1898, keeping many of the secrets of Confederate espionage from public knowledge.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS FOR 2014

May 19, 2014 –Stephen M. “Sam” Hood

TREASURER’S REPORT

Chris Anderson

Currently our membership stands at 377. Our goal of 400 members is still attainable. If for some reason you missed paying your dues last year they are only $50.

We finished 2013 in the black with stronger dues collections and lower expenses than 2012.

If you made reservations and were unable to attend a meeting and did not cancel within 72 hours of the meeting time please check to see if you still owe for the meal for which we had to guarantee payment.

Please bring a guest to our next meeting; our new member initiation fee is only $25.

Please 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 ceanderson@barcpa.com.

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • E-mails/Mailing Address – “FLASH” – Once again if your e-mail address or your mailing address has changed, please advise us of the change by contacting Ollie Puckett at daveollie58@att.net. We have had several returned Newsletters and Dues Statements due to “Undeliverable.” Please update your mailing information. Take a minute to e-mail, phone or mail us with any change.
  • The Embattled Past Reflections on Military History – Edward M. Coffman – Google Books.htm – Long time Kentucky Civil War Round Table, Mac Coffman is internationally recognized for having reinvigorated and redefined his field, distinguished military historian Edward M. Coffman is a dedicated and much-admired teacher and mentor. In The Embattled Past, several of his most important essays have been assembled into a collection that serves as an essential reference to the discipline and an initiation to the study of military history for aspiring scholars. This book is easy reading and the volume concludes with an unpublished essay detailing Coffman’s experience of interviewing General Douglas MacArthur in 1960.
  • Dues Reminder As of January 1st, the dues are now $50. Membership card were mailed the first week of February. If you have paid your dues and have not received your card, please advise Ollie Puckett at daveollie58@att.net. When you pay your dues, you will receive your card.
  • RAFFLE – We will be selling raffle tickets for two different books. Tickets will be 3 for $5.00 and will be sold at the Reception Desk when you sign in. Drawing will be held at the meeting.

SECRETARY’S REPORT

A.J. Singleton

In the previous newsletter, I shared with you some of the problem we were having with a large number of members sending RSVP cards late or calling to make meeting reservations after the RSVP deadline. I also shared some of the ramifications of those problems. Starting with the January 2014 meeting, we revised our reservation procedures and we will continue to use those revised procedures:

To be guaranteed a spot, all RSVP’s must be received at the KyCWRT Post Office Box by the Wednesday afternoon before the meeting (in this case, March 12th). This will ensure that the Campbell House will have enough seats and will have prepared enough meals for all who have RSVP’d. When I convey these numbers to the Campbell House, I will increase the attendance number RSVP’s by 5% to allow for a small number of members and guests who did not RSVP by the Wednesday deadline. These extra spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis – first by those who contact me in advance of the meeting and then, if there are still additional spaces, by those members or guests who show up at the meeting without a reservation.

A couple quick points on making reservations:

  • If you call in or email a reservation, please provide your member number when doing so but please do not both call / email in your reservation and then also send in your card.
  • If you are bringing a guest, it is not necessary to identify who the guest will be; however, please be clear about how many people you are reserving for (i.e., if you are bringing two guests, please mark yourself as attending and mark down two guests).
  • This may sound strange, but if you send in a card, please mark whether or not you are attending. (We have sometimes received an RSVP card on which the member has not actually said whether he/she is attending.)

If you need to cancel a reservation, please contact me by phone (859) 231-3692) or by email (aj.singleton@skofirm.com) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting (in this case, March 14th). If you have made a reservation and cannot make the meeting, but do not timely cancel, you will be charged $26 per person for having reserved a meal. This is because the Kentucky Civil War Round Table will be charged for the meal(s).

We hope that this outline of RSVP procedures will make meeting planning easier. If any member has any questions, comments or concerns about the RSVP procedures, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you need to cancel a reservation, please contact me by phone (859) 231-3692) or by email (aj.singleton@skofirm.com) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting. If you have made a reservation and cannot make the meeting, but do not timely cancel, you will be charged $26 per reserved meal. This is because the Kentucky Civil War Round Table will be charged for the meal(s).

We hope that this outline of RSVP procedures will make meeting planning easier. If any member has any questions, comments or concerns about the RSVP procedures, please do not hesitate to contact me.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We also announced previously that the KyCWRT is now on Facebook. The number of “Likes” we have received since then has grown exponentially. As of February 12, 2014, we have a total of 106 “Likes” of our KyCWRT Facebook page – and not all are KyCWRT members. If you are on Facebook, please “Like” us and tell your Friends to do the same. Also, feel free to contact us with content suggestions: we’d love to hear from you and want to know what you want to see on the KyCWRT Page.

 

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