THE RECALL JOURNAL....A Publication of The Civil War Round Table of Greater Boston, since 1957, striving to serve its readers with the latest and best information about its members and their meetings, about upcoming Civil War and other Historical, Reenactor, and Veteran organization events, along with Civil War facts and dates to remember, as well as being a clarion call to ALL who want to protect the Historical Integrity of this great Nation, that once nearly became permanently divided.

The Civil War Round Table of Greater Boston, since its beginnings in 1957, has been a leader in Local and National Preservation Efforts, in Local Veterans and Reenactor Efforts, and in the Educational Outreach to our Schoolchildren, by going out into the School Systems and by bringing these youngsters into our organization as equal members. According to the late Jerry Russell of The Civil War Round Table Associates, Greater Boston is the 13th OLDEST CWRT on the Planet Earth!!!!!

The Civil War Round Table of Greater Boston is open to ANYONE, wherever they live, of ANY age, sex, color, gender, or Historical persuasion on this great and tragic event. We welcome ALL who have ANY interest in History, not necessarily Civil War, who would like to join us at our meetings of oral and written Presentations, Four Days In May Battlefield Tours, Seminars, or Veteran and Reenactor Events.

May 2017 ............................................Volume MMVXI..........No. 55

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS.........................................................................

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE of GREATER BOSTON meets every FOURTH (4th) Friday of each month at 7:15 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE the new starting time)This is true except for November and December, which due to National Holidays are now held as a Joint Xmas Party meeting with the Northshore/Lynn Chapter in early December. All meetings are now generally held at The Waltham Community Room (downstairs )at The Waltham Clarke Government Center Building 119 School St./corner Lexington St. (enter from the rear where there is parking). In case of inclement weather, please check local Radio Stations for late news President: David L. Smith 3 Waverley Oaks Rd. #202 Waltham, Ma. 02452-6274 Tel: (781) 647-3332 or Email:

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE of CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS (CWRT, INC.) meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Holden Senior Center on Main St. in Holden, Ma. at 7:00 p.m. along with some meetings at off site locations in Worcester. President: Bob Carlson, email:

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE of CAPE COD meets each month on the Third (3rd) Mondayof the month at 1:00 p.m. at The Yarmouth Senior Citizen Center at 528 Forest Drive Yarmouth off Exit 8 on Rte. 6 with more informal meetings duuing the summertimes. President: Fred Wexler at or John Myers Programming at Telephone..(508) 896-6421

THE GREATER NEW BEDFORD CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE meets on the fourth Tuesday of each monthat the Fort Taber Military Museum meets on Fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. 1000 S. Rodney French Blvd. New Bedford .....Joe Langlois, President at

THE GENERAL LANDER CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE meets on the second (2nd) Friday of each month at The Lynn G.A.R. Hall on 58 Andrews St. in Lynn, Ma. at 7:30 p.m. with occasional offsite meetings and Special Events in the Northshore President: Dexter Bishop 387 Old Boston Rd. Topsfield, Ma. 01983 Tel: (978) 887 - 2264 EMAIL: or or their Website (currently under revision)

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE of NORTH WORCESTER COUNTY/LEOMINSTER meets on the second (2nd) Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Leominster Historical Society 50 School St. Leominster, Ma. 01453 also invites ALL to visit us Information Contact:President, Tim Shea at or 508-963-0559. For information please contact Tom Bailey at

THE OLDE COLONY CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE meets on the Third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at The Endicott Estate at 656 East St. in Dedham with Mini Bit speakers as well as a regular presentation....go to or President Joe Dipoli at


Minutes of CWRT of Greater Boston Meeting of Friday, May 26, 2017

CWRTGB Meeting Minutes 5-26-17

Cwrtgb President Dave Smith spoke about the history of the Greater Boston Roundtable.   We started out as the Boston History Group in 1957 meeting in people’s homes.   We then went on to meeting in room 127 in the State House in Boston.  About 25 years ago, some members began leaving the Boston Roundtable to create other roundtables.  There are now at least 10 roundtables in Massachusetts.

Dave then asked Al Smith about the details of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Dinner.  This will be happening on October 28th in Framingham.  This year, the dinner will honor the Shenandoah Valley Foundation. The cost is $35.  Al mentioned that he will be participation in a Memorial Day event at the Bourne Cemetery.  On Friday, June 2rd, there will be a Surf and Turf  supper in Lynn at the Masonic Hall.  Cost is $25.  On June 3rd, there will be a frank bean supper at 6 PM at the GAR Hall in Lynn.

On October 19th, the Olde Colony Roundtable will be hosting their Jubilee Dinner at Lombardo’s.

Al then went on to describe the recent 5 days in May Trip to Washington and Virginia to explore John Wilkes Booth’s escape route.  The trip was phenomenal with a wonderful guide. Much was learned of Samuel Mudd, and the courthouse where Mary Surratt was tried as well as the location of the gallows where there is now located a tennis court. The group also visited the Green Mountain Cemetery, Belle Grove Plantation, and the Samuel Mudd Museum.  The Guide, Kate Ramirez gave a fascinating talk about Mary Surratt.  The weather was great and the trip home only took 9 hours.

Next year’s trip is planned to include a visit to Norfolk VA, Williamsburg VA with a stay overnight on the way down.  On the way back, we will stop in Gettysburg.  More details to follow.

The group then discussed how we might increase our membership.  One suggestion was that we reach out to local colleges in order to bring in some younger members.  Dave suggested members going into local schools to talk with students to increase their interest in history and let them know about us and what we do.  The topic will be discussed in more details at the next executive board meeting.

Bob Hanlon suggested changing the time of the June picnic meeting to make it earlier than 2 PM.  It was decided that this year’s June 24th Picnic meeting will start at 1 PM.







This section will now show proper respect to the fallem of Massachusetts with notices from The Governor's Office for the lowering of the Flags to Half Staff.....

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Friday, March 31, 2017 in honor of CPL Jules Hauterman, Jr. MIA 1950 – 2016.


Flags to be retired can be from government entities, businesses, or residences.

Flags can be dropped off at the Massport Fire Station on Harborside Drive at Logan Airport or at the security desk in the Logan Office Center, also on Harborside Drive.

Flags can also be mailed to the Security Office, One Harborside Drive, Suite 200 S, Boston, MA 02128.

Dues for Individuals and for Family Memberships are $25.00. Pay early...Pay Often.... Pay Now... Avoid The Rush...Then Pay More...Pay Until It Hurts...Then Pay Some More...Pay Now...Pay Later...Just Pay...Remeber Folks, this is how we pay for this Organization to run, and pay for the expenses of THE RECALL. None of these funds go to pay any Officer Salaries or Perks (unfortunately). Remember, if you do NOT pay by December 31st of any year, your name will be dropped from the mailing List of THE RECALL, so get that Check in the mail. REMEMBER...our year begins on September 1, 2015 of and ends on August 31, 2016......ALSO REMEMBER that this is how we not only pay for the expense of THE RECALL, but our Administrative expense of running this CWRT and donations to Preservation. There are NO expenses for Officers Pay or Perks!!!! So pay Early, and Pay often!!! Remember, you MUST pay by December 31st of any year to stay on THE RECALL mailing list........Starting this year, each mailing label will show Sept. 15-16 which means that you are in fact paid for this current year. If you seee any other date on the label, it means that according to our records, you have not paid Greater Boston or your own Chapter Treasurer, or our records are incorrect. Other than these, are "F" for Family and 'L' and "SPEC' labels for those Lifers and Special individuals or groups as separate folks who receive THE RECALL Also please do NOT forget to let us know as early as posible about address changes...By the way, folks,...if you would like to add a few bucks or so, when you pay your dues, and dedicate those EXTRA DOLLARS to PRESERVATION,...just let us know that when you send the check.....PLEASE make any additional donations with your dues as a separate check to eliminate Deposit problems. And Thanxxxx in advance. As of today, many folks have already re-upped for the 2015-2016 season and some have added a few extra bucks for Preservation. Now, I can also ask for some of 'few extra bucks' to cover the cost of all of these Flags in Display Cases that I will be giving to the families.......THANXXXXX!!!!
ALL checks for Dues or Local Preservation should be mailed to our Treasurer..... AL SMITH 11 POPLAR ST> BELMONT, MA> 02478.

G IVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED CIVIL WAR MASSES!!!! YEARNING TO HAVE FUN THE CIVIL WAR WAY!!!! JOIN US WHEREVER YOU ARE!!!! ATTEND WHEN YOU CAN BECAUSE YOU LOVE HISTORY!!!********************************************************************************************************************************THIS MONTH IN CIVIL WAR HISTORY.......Important dates to remember.....Important People and Battles.....

On May 1-2, 1863, Battle of Chancellorsville.....On May 5, 1864, Battle of the Wilderness begins.....On May 6, 1861, Arkansas secedes.....On May 8, 1862, Battle of McDowell Virginia.....On May 10, 1863, "Stonewall" Jackson dies.....On May 12, 1864, Battle of "Bloody Angle" at Spotsylvania Court House.....On May 15, 1864, Battle of New Market Virginia.....On May 16, 1863, Battle of Champion's Hill.....
On May 18, 1863, Siege of Vicksburg begins....On May 20, 1861, North Carolina
secedes.....On May 23, 1861, Virginia secedes.....On May 25, 1862, First Battle of Winchester.....On May 28, 1818, Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard, CS, born....On May 28, 1863, First Black Regiment, 54th Mass. leaves Boston.....
On May 31, 1862, Battle of Fair Oaks VA.

ON ANY DAY, remember our Flag, our Veterans, and our POWs!!! ..LET US NEVER FORGET!!!!!

God Bless The Republic. God Bless our service men and women. May all of our honored dead rest in peace.American War. (Editor's Note...As it says at the end of This Month etc.....Let us NEVER FORGET!!