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.

Febnruary 2020 ............................................Volume MMVXI..........No. 67

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 February 28, 2020

Al Smith opened the meeting with the pledge of Allegiance.

Al mentioned that CWRTB Vice President John Welch is home recovering after heart problems. John’s doctors have restricted him from driving. Carol Kiley will bring in a card next month to send to John. Al mentioned about upcoming speakers. Kevin Levin will speak next month on “Searching for Black Confederates’” In April, Jane Gropp will speak on “An Appeal to Heaven” based on a painting that she has. Then in May, Jack Kelly will speak on “Building an Army, 1861 – 1865.” Al mentioned that he was running into some difficulties in scheduling this year’s Holmes Dinner. Al Mentioned that the May bus trip had been revised due to the fact that guide Scott Patchan could only do 1 day. His friend, William “Bill” Martin will be filling for Scott on the remaining days. Al also mentioned that the cost of the trip has been reduced $35.

Al then introduced Dana Zaiser, the president of the Old Colony Roundtable and our speaker for the evening. Dana’s topic was “Money Alternatives of the Civil War.”

Dana mentioned that government issued coins were in short supply during the war. This was mainly due to the fact that people were hoarding all coins with gold and silver and even eventually copper-nickel cents. This made it very difficult for businesses to function. As a result, many businesses turned to private minters to create their own coinage. Tokens were mainly used in the north and in the west. Also tried as coinage were stamps, fractional currency, and paper scrip, but none of these were as popular as tokens because they were not as durable.

Civil War tokens were divided into three types. There were Patriotic tokens, store cards and Sutler tokens. Most tokens were the size of a penny. They were often made of cooper or bronze. Also used were nickel, tin, German silver, white metal and silver. Even rubber was used for some. By 1864, there were 25,000,000 tokens in use encompassing over 7,000 varieties. Most had a value of one cent. To get around the fact that they were not legal coinage, they often had wordage like “Not a Cent” with the word Not in smaller letters. They might also misspell “Cent” by using the word “scent” instead.

Patriotic tokens typically displayed a patriotic slogan or image on one or both sides. Some of the themes used were Army and Navy, Ben Franklin, George Washington, Ambrose Burnside, George McClellan , flags, eagles and Masonic symbols. There were also some unpatriotic or pacifist tokens made. Some themes were the horrors of war and a North and South handshake.

Store card tokens often had the name and address of the business on the token. They could indicate a money value or say something like good for a gallon of milk.

Sutler tokens were similar to store cards. Instead of the name of a business, they bore the name of an army unit, usually a regiment and the name of the sutler who did business with the regiment.

Civil War Tokens became illegal in April of 1864 when congress passed the Coinage Act. This introduced a new two cent piece with the phrase “With God We Trust” on the coin. The act also changed the composition of the One Cent piece from a cooper-nickel alloy to a thinner coin composed of 95% copper. This was closer in weight to the tokens that had been in use and was accepted by the public.

Most tokens today sell for $25 to $40, although rare tokens are often worth a lot more. They have never, however, had the value of collectible coins.








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.....


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 February 1, 1861, Texas Secedes.....On February 1, 1865, Sherman begins Carolina Campaign........On Feb. 2, 1803, Gen. Albert S. Johnston, CS, born...... On Feb. 3, 1807,Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, CS, born.....On Feb. 6, 1832 , Gen.  John Brown Gorden, CS, born.....On Feb. 6, 1833, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, CS, born.....On Feb. 8, 1820, Gen. William T. Sherman, US, born.....On Feb. 8, 1862, Battle of Roanoke Island.....On Feb. 9, 1861, Jefferson Davis elected President of the Confederacy......OnFeb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln born......On Feb. 13, 1862, Battle of Fort Donelson......On Feb. 14, 1824, Gen. Winfield S. Hancock, US, born

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!!