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.

September 2017 ............................................Volume MMVXI..........No. 56

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, September 22, 2017

CWRTGB Meeting Minutes 9-22-17

September 22 CWRTGB meeting Minutes The meeting opened with the pledge of allegiance. CWRTGB president Dave Smith mentioned about the confederate monuments being taken down across the country. Al Smith mentioned that Dan Schroeder will be doing a 3-part talk at the General Lander Roundtable in Lynn on “The Three Stooges and World War II. Apparently, they made fun of Hitler.

Al also mentioned about the Oliver Wendell Holmes dinner taking place on October 28th at Ken’s Steak House in Framingham. The speaker and Award winner will be noted Civil War author and guide Gary Adelman. The cost is $45 / person. Checks made out to The Civil War Roundtable of Central Mass should be sent to John Hussey, 99 Mason Road, Jefferson, MA 01522. There will be a cash bar from 5 – 6 PM with dinner from 6 – 7:30 PM, followed by the awards and speaker at 7:30 PM.

Dave Smith then introduced our main speaker Joe Keefe talking about confederate reaction to the victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg.

The reaction has remained consistent over time. The most immediate reaction was to blame the Davis administration. General Pemberton was also blamed for the defeat at Vicksburg. In addition, the southern people blamed each other. Some blame was placed on Lee, although people were slow to do so.

Vicksburg did not celebrate July 4th until after World War II. There were 50,000 casualties at Gettysburg and 29,500 surrendered at Vicksburg. There has been a lot of perhaps undeserved criticism of Pemberton. People questioned his loyalty and many of his soldiers lacked confidence in him.

There was often false reporting in the press about events in the field. For example, they said that there was lots of food at Vicksburg. The press did not want to alarm the public. When they did report the truth, they were accused of being delusional or lying.

Davis was criticized after the war for retaining Pemberton against the wishes of the army. Pemberton was criticized for allowing his army to be trapped at Vicksburg. Pemberton had his defenders, but they were in the minority. Viola Davis criticized Lee. Others also reluctantly criticized Lee, although they were slow to do so.




TAPS--It is with great sadness that we had the passing of long time member Paul Griffel. Paul was the father of Eric Griffel, one of our bright young members from the past.

Herb Zschokke , 88 years old, died in Care One Center in Concord Ma. He leaves his son Paul from Colorado, his son Peter from Southborough, his daughter Christine from Acton and daughter Mary from Burlington, Ma. He will be buried Friday, September 29th in Sacred Heart Church Cemetery in Malden MA alongside his late wife Elizabeth,

PAUL GRIFFEL left us on August 9, 2017 and was buried on August 13, 2017. PAUL was also a long-time member of THE OLDE COLONY CWRT. PAUL will be missed greatly by many of us, but mostly his widow Elaine and children.

We also recently received sad news of the passing of Margaret Franco, the wonderful mother of our secretary Chuck Franco. Margaret passed away peacefully on August 15th after struggling with dementia. We met Margaret often many years ago when she also joined in to some of our meetings.



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 effective Sunday, October 15, 2017, the day of interment, in honor of Second Lieutenant Richard M. Horwitz, U.S. Army/Airforce 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group. Lieutenant Horwitz, a native of Canton, Massachusetts, went missing on 28 February 1945 in the Gulf of Trieste, Gorizia Province, Friuli-Venezia Region, Italy. His remains have been identified and are returning home to be laid to rest.

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 on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from sunrise until sunset in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service and in accordance with U.S. Public law 107-51

Please be advised that as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless act of violence perpetrated on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada and in accordance with a Presidential proclamation, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings immediately and remain so until sunset, Friday, October 6, 2017.

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 the date of his interment, Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in honor of SPC Raymond C. Wise, United States Army, of Dorchester, MA, who passed away Sept 22, 2017 at Fort Bliss Texas, in a training accident.


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 September 5, 1863, Britain seizes Confederate ships and shipyard.....On September 6, 1819, Gen. William S. Rosecrans, US, born.....On September 6, 1861, Grant moves into Paducah.....On September 8, 1828, Gen. Joshua Chamberlain, US, born.....On September 10, 1836, Gen. Joseph Wheeler, CS, born.....On September 11, 1861, Union victory at Cheat Mountain.....On September 15, 1862, Jackson Captures Harper's Ferry.....On September 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam.....On September 19, 1863, Battle of Chickamauga.....On September 19, 1864, Battle of Winchester.....On September 24, 1864, Sheridan lays waste to the Shenandoah Valley.

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!!