Hello Members of the Civil War Round Table of Northeastern Indiana.
As the new president of the organization I feel I must thank Dick for all his efforts to oversee the birth of the new organization that is the current Round Table. And thanks is offered to Margaret for keeping organized and solvent. I want to thank Marshall Brinkman for personally keeping the Round Table going during some lean times in the years before Dick and Margaret stepped forward.
If the Round Table is to continue to grow and offer a ‘salon’ for us to share ideas and thoughts and history on the American Civil War it is necessary for each of us to look at bringing in a new member or two. I hope that we have the problem of dealing with growth and organization in the not too distant future. Please talk about the Roundtable to any friend, associates, and family who think an evening of thoughtful discussion and historical reflection to be worth a night from in front of the television.
There are two area of consideration for you in the present. While we have a decent place to meet I think we should always be open to something that might suit our needs and wants as a group. The time and date we meet also seems to be adequate but I think we should reassess our situation on a regular basis. Group dynamics change and even a slight change might validate a reconsideration of how we do things.
The idea of a ‘project’ of some sort was brought up at the last meeting. I personally think every organization should have a ‘project’ of some kind on a regular basis or it will grow stagnant. As to what that ‘project’ might be I do not know but I think every member in good standing should be able to present an idea that is at least worth attention and consideration of every other member. So don’t hide you light under a bushel basket.
Another item worth considering, in my opinion, is what type of format do we want for the group? Should we be a debating society, should we have a show and tell, should each member be required to offer a presentation in turn, should we be a congregation that gets preached to, or would a combination of these and other formats be what we desire?
Thanks for giving me a moment to share these thought with you. I look forward to seeing everyone at our meetings and enjoying themselves in their pursuit of learning more about the heritage of our American Civil War.
May 13, 2016
An excellent attendance at the early business meeting was productive of electoral matters & idea for the betterment of our Table. Our officers for the next two years are: President—Gib Young; VP—Tom Schmidt; Secretary—Archie Lintz; Treasurer—Margaret Hobson.
Treasury Report: $863.24. Dues are, well, due: $15.00 Checks payable to CWRTNI.
David Walker continued his 1st person account of the life of Jefferson F. Davis with “The War Years.” A constant theme during his talk was that of secession. As was discussed, there were other threats of secession before South Carolina in 1860. The most notable were the rumblings of the New England States during the War of 1812 and the South Carolina threat to do so in 1832. As Mr. Walker pointed out, it was not tested until done so by the Southern States in the Civil War. The test was of the Compact Theory of the Union, in which as George Pickett is made to speak in the film “Gettysburg,” the Union is like a “gentleman’s club” a gentleman may quit if the other members start to meddle in his business. *** Slavery was also discussed, and in this respect the “Cornerstone” speech of Alexander Stephens. *** Mr. Walker/Jeff Davis also spoke to the problems the Confederate President had in terms of his personality in dealing with his government and generals. *** Mr. Walker interestingly pointed out the contrast and comparison of the preambles United States Constitution with the Constitution of the Confederate States of America. “We, the people of the Confederate States…” / “We, the people of the United States…” You can look them up online and wonder at the differences in them.
Mr. Walker sent the following to Dick Tagtmeyer:
I was very happy after my talk with the Fort Wayne Civil War Roundtable. I have spoken at many Roundtables and never got the comprehensive questions like I received tonight. Your group should be commended on the outstanding interest in the Civil War era. Make sure you tell them that. Your group is
very well educated. Many Thanks, –David Alias Jefferson Davis
Nullification and Secession in the United States: A History of the Six Attempts during the First Century of the Republic by Edward Payson Powell (NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1897.) In my opinion, this book proves three attempts, not six, none of which went so far as to be tested until the 1860 one. –Archie
Jefferson David, American by William C. Cooper 672 p. (2000) Recommended by Mr. Walker
The Rise & Fall of the Confederate Government by Jefferson F. David (1881) Recommended by Jeff Davis
Life & Reminiscences of Jefferson Davis by Distinguished Men of His Times Introduction by John W. Danieal (1890)