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Stephen M. Hood – Patriots Twice: Former Confederates and the building of America after the Civil War

President’s Report

In this age when Confederate statues are torn down and the memory of the Confederate soldiers is undergoing a systematic attempt at erasure, I wonder about all those Confederates, famous and obscure, who, after the war, became prominent commanders in the United States Army in the Spanish-American War, or became high-ranking officials in the United States government or in such national organizations as the American Medical Association and the American Bar Association. Some served as teachers at such universities as Yale and Harvard; others became members of the boards of visitors of the U. S. Military Academy and the U. S. Naval Academy. Sadly, the City of Louisville removed the statue of one of those men.

To tell the members of the Kentucky Civil War Round Table of three hundred of those remarkable men will be Stephen M. Hood, author of a wonderful new book, Patriots Twice: Former Confederates and the building of America after the Civil War. “Sam” Hood, as he is known, is a graduate of the Kentucky Military Institute and Marshall University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. A collateral descendant of Confederate General John Bell Hood, Sam is the retired owner of an industrial construction company. He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with his wife of 44 years, and is the father of two sons, Derek Hood, of Winchester, Kentucky, and Taylor Hood of Huntington, West Virginia. This is Sam’s second appearance at the Kentucky Civil War Round Table.

Secretary’s Report – C. William Swinford, Jr.

Please remember that we must provide Embassy Suites with our RSVP numbers by close of business the Wednesday (November 17th) before the meeting on November 22, 2021.   We cannot be responsible for slow mail service to our PO Box. The preferred way to make reservations is through the website at You can also call or email Susie to RSVP-this will guarantee that we have your reservation in time.

If you need to cancel a reservation, you need to contact Susie Morton, at (Cell 859-221-7199) or by email ( no later than 4:00 pm on Friday before the meeting (in this case November 19, 2021).

Treasurer’s Report – Chris Anderson

The Roundtable’s financial situation is stable considering what we all have been through the last eighteen months. Although our revenue from membership dues has declined so have our expenses. As we have resumed in person meetings in September our expenses are again ramping up.

You should have received your invoice for your 2022 dues and if not please contact Susie Morton, To date we have received dues payments from 114 members. We would like to return to our pre-pandemic membership of 300. Please encourage your friends and family members to consider membership and consider purchasing a spouse membership.

The Board of Directors decided to leave the 2022 dues the same amount for the fourth year in a row. 2022 dues will be $85 for single and $100 per couple, dues paid after December 31, 2021 are $100 for single and $120 for a couple. The guest fee remains at $25. This is a great value considering our five in person meetings with all programing now available online on the website.

With the pandemic and the negative political situation surrounding Civil War history it has been a tough time for organizations such as ours. The Roundtable is a nonprofit totally dependent upon its members for financial support without any government subsidies or rescue plans. As we are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization your dues are tax deductible as are any contributions. Please consider the Roundtable in your charitable giving. Anyone requesting financial information can please email

Administrator’s Report – Susie Morton

Hello Members! Well, I don’t know about you, but I was so pleased with our turnout for our first in-person meeting since March of last year. Kent gave a very informative and interesting presentation. For those not able to join us, please go to our website and have a look at the video. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Here is the News You Can Use for the upcoming meeting:

A big Thank You to all the Members who prepaid for their meals and guests. That made it so much easier at check in. It worked so well that we are making the same requirement for this meeting. All payments for dinner/guests/dues need to be paid before the meeting. You have several options for payment: online, check or call me with your credit card information.

The meeting is Monday, November 22nd. Happy Hour starts at 5:30 with dinner at 6 PM and the meeting begins at 6:30. Dinner meals are $31 and guest fees are $25.00. For those members who have paid their dues, I will be mailing out their Guest Passes soon so that they can use them for this next meeting. Please consider going ahead and paying your dues before the meeting and then invite a friend or family member to join us.

If your mailing preference or mailing address has changed, please let me know as soon as possible. You can reach me at


The Kentucky Civil War Round Table is the largest in the nation in terms of membership. Membership is open to all. Membership fees entitle you to attend five dinner meetings per year in January, March, May, September, and November (each member must pay for his/her own dinner) and the KY Civil War Roundtable newsletters, as well as access to special events.