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.

June 2018 ............................................Volume MMVXI..........No. 60

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 Meetings April - June 2018

On April 27th, Professor Kate Larsen spoke to us about the history of Aunt Jemima.   One hundred and Thirty years of slavery in a box of pancakes.   Woman pictured on box were a long way from reality.  Southern enslaved woman were very thin.  Younger female slaves took care of white children and older black slaves took of slave children.  There were 4 million slaves at the start of the war.  There were no fat happy black house momma’s making pancakes.  That was just a myth meant to Whitewash slavery and sell pancakes. 

 The creators of Aunt Jemima were Charles Butt and Charles Underwood.  In 1889, they sold the company to R.T. Davis.  In 1890, he hired a former slave named Nancy Green to be spokesperson for Aunt Jemima products.  He combined the look of a bandana and apron envisioned by Butt and Underwood with a catchy tune from the vaudeville circuit.  The idea for Aunt Jemima came from characters of the same name found in minstrel shows,   Green was introduced to the public at the 1893 World Exposition.  Her pleasant demeanor and cooking skills were a big hit.  The sales of Aunt Jemima Pancakes took off.  In 1895, RT Davis Milling Company published a book called the Life of Aunt Jemima filled with completely false stories of how life was in the antebellum south.  In 1919, Davis hired N.C. Wyeth to do advertising producing illustrations of peaceful plantations where everyone was happy.  Ads the 1920’s advised woman on being great wives by cooking pancakes.  In 1923, a statue to Mammy was erected on the National Mall.  Quaker Oats bought the brand in 1926.

 The book Gone with the wind furthered the caricature of the southern mammy. The 1950’s saw ads targeting woman to be good mothers and good cooks.  The period of 1970 to 1980 saw changes to the Aunt Jemima image due to the civil rights movement.  Most black families today will not buy the product.  According to a study by the Southern Poverty Law Center, only 12 % of students today understand what the Civil War was all about.



On May 25th, we held a short meeting in which we reviewed our recent Five Days in May bus trip.   Al Smith mentioned the poor quality of some of our accommodations and the limited food choices found there for breakfast.  Some of the hotel parking lots were difficult to park the bus.

Al mentioned that Kate Ramirez, our guide for next year’s trip to Washington DC was looking to get us a tour of the Pentagon.  We are also looking to go to Soldiers and Airman’s Cemetery to lay a wreath at the grave of John Logan since we were denied laying a wreath at Arlington.  We will also visit President Lincoln’s summer cottage.  Al also discussed his idea for a Civil War meeting at the Lincoln Memorial.

On June 23rd, we met for our annual picnic meeting.  It was a cool and somewhat rainy day, but we made the best of it.
Al Smith mentioned that no one complained, but that we will try for better hotels next year.  The food choices for breakfast were limited and the some of the hotels needed obvious maintenance.  Also, for our dinners next year, the plan is to use restaurants located in the country as opposed to city centers.  We had a lot of trouble parking the bus this year in downtown Wilmington Delaware.

Al also mentioned that dues are coming due for the coming year.  Membership is $20 for individuals and $25 for families.  He said that he will be sending reminders to those who have not yet paid.

Dave mentioned that 5 members of a B17 WW II bomber crew were recently buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  They were members of a nine-man crew of the B-17 shot down near Barby, Germany on Nov. 2, 1944. Three survived and were captured.  One was killed and identified in 1945.  The remains of the five were recovered in 2015 and 2016.

Frank Kiley mentioned that union Private William Christman was the first soldier to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

John Welch mention that we need speakers for next year’s meetings and Dave Smith mentioned that he will speak in April about Civil War Baseball.






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.



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 as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on June 28, 2018, at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, and in accordance with a Presidential proclamation issued on July 3, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings beginning immediately until sunset, today, Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charles D. 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 Thursday, June 28, 2018, the day of interment, in honor of Major General (Retired) George W. Keefe, 39th Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard and resident of Holliston, Massachusetts who passed away on June 21, 2018.


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!!