January 27, 2016


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January 27, 2016 Meeting
Dr. John Fahey,

"Robert C. Wood,
Surgeon General of the West"

Robert C. Wood is one of the unsung heroes of the Civil War. Son in law of President Zachary Taylor and politically connected in Washington DC, Wood supervised the delivery of combat casualty care support for the entire Western Theater from 1862 through the end of the War. Operating from his office as Assistant Surgeon General in St. Louis, Wood was a tireless advocate for procuring the medical personnel, supplies and equipment critical to supporting Grant and Sherman's Vicksburg campaigns. Using original correspondence from the National Archives and Library of Congress, the talk will illustrate the difficulties Wood surmounted in coordinating medical support for Grant's armies in the Western Theater from the summer of 1862 through 1864. The talk will also briefly discuss the relationship between the military medical establishment and the civilian relief organizations such as the Western Sanitary Commission in St Louis.


John Fahey, M.D. is currently in private practice in Decatur Illinois. He retired from the Navy in 2003 after a 30 year career during which time he was the Commanding Officer of the Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola Florida and the Commanding Officer of the Naval Hospital in Great Lakes Illinois. He has lectured extensively about military medicine in the 19th century and has given talks at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, the Order of Indian Wars Symposium in Denver, and the annual Symposium of the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association in Montana. He has had articles published in North and South, Military Medicine, and New York History. He is currently at work on a biography of Bernard John Dowling Irwin (1829-1917) who established the first full service field hospital at Shiloh and performed the first action for which a Medal of Honor was awarded.

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February 24, 2016 Meeting -
Mrs. Cher Petrovic,

"James Eads and his Gunboats"

Union supporter James Eads, a gunboat builder, made his fortune as a young man by salvaging sunken riverboats along the Mississippi River.  Eads, a self-educated engineer, devised his own diving bell from a 40-gallon whiskey keg, helping him reclaim cargo.  By the time he was 40 years old, he had become a wealthy, prominent St. Louisan. 

Soon after war broke out, Eads expressed his concern about the Union's need for a strong navy presence on the Mississippi River to his friend, Attorney General Edward Bates.  Bates, a fellow St. Louisan, knew of Ead's river expertise and supported his building a fleet.  He also helped Eads get an audience with Lincoln. 

After Eads traveled to Washington to meet with military leaders, the War Department contracted him for seven of what would be called "City Class" gunboats.  With shipyards in Carondelet, Missouri, and Mound City, Illinois, Eads kept 4,000 men working around the clock, seven days a week.  These were the first ironclad warships to be built, four at the Carondelet shipyard and three at Mound City. 

Despite disruptions in government cash flow, Eads financed construction with his own funds.

Cher Petrovic is a historian, photographer for national publications and is involved with Civil War reenactments.  She teaches at St. Louis Community College.
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March 23, 2016 Meeting

Douglas D. Scott,
"Archaeological Discoveries of Missouri Battlefields"

The Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West: Archaeology of the 1861 Battles of Boonville and Wilson’s Creek, the 1862 Battle of Moore’s Mill, and the 1864 Centralia Massacre.


The American Civil War was truly brother against brother, especially in the state of Missouri. There pro-southern Missouri Militia fought Union regulars and volunteers. On 17 June 1861 Sterling Price’s Missouri State Guard camped east of Boonville was attacked by General Nathaniel Lyons’ Union forces in the first pitched battle of the Civil War in Missouri. In August Lyons was killed in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. In March 1862 Federal troops pursued Col. Joseph Porter as he attempted to recruit men for the Confederacy in Missouri. Several fights occurred including one at Moore’s Mill in the Kingdom of Calloway. Subsequently 1500 other battles and skirmishes followed in Missouri before the war ended. One of the later and perhaps most horrific fights was the 1864 Centralia Massacre where over 150 Union volunteers were killed by a Bloody Bill Anderson’s Confederate Missouri guerrillas. Recent archaeological and historical studies of the battles of Boonville, Wilson’s Creek, Moore’s Mill, and Centralia have recovered physical evidence supporting the historic records in the broadest sense, but adding considerable detail to the stories by showing there is more than is recorded in the recollections of participants or the official record of events.


Douglas D. Scott, Colorado Mesa University, retired from National Park Service after more than 30 years of with the Department of the Interior. He is currently a Visiting Research Scientist at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, as well as an affiliate of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Scott received his Ph.D. in 1977 in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has worked throughout the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain West on a variety of archeological projects.  He specializes in nineteenth century military sites archeology and forensic archeology. He is particularly noted for his expertise in battlefield archeology and firearms identification having worked on more than 50 battlefield sites, including Little Bighorn, Sand Creek, Big Hole, Bear Paw, Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, Centralia, and Santiago de Cuba.  He was awarded the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award in 2002 for his innovative research in battlefield archeology that started with his work at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. In 2015 he was the recipient of the J. C. Harrington Medal from the Society for Historical Archaeology for his lifetime achievements in the field of historical archaeology and as a founding leader in the field of conflict and battlefield archaeology.


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April 27, 2016 Meeting  

Timothy Good,

"The Lincoln-Douglas Debates"

Tim is the superintendent of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site.

The Lincoln-Douglas senatorial debates of 1858 marked a significant crossroads in the political career of Abraham Lincoln. Though he lost the United States senate seat for Illinois to Stephen A. Douglas, the debates launched Lincoln into political prominence and eventually contributed to his successful run for the presidency. This program will focus on Lincoln's political evolution during the debates through a narrative approach, evaluating his debate strategy and seemingly inconsistent views on slavery and racial inequality.


Timothy S. Good, a twenty-five year National Park Service veteran, is currently the superintendent at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, a place which commemorates the life, military career, and presidency of our 18th President. Good began his career in Washington, D.C. serving at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site. He then served a 14-month detail for the NPS Washington Office Information and Telecommunications Division, duty stationed at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., where he helped develop the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, a computerized database of 6.3 million soldier records and several thousand unit histories.  Good then served on the National Mall in Washington, D.C, Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Ill., Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Brecksville, Ohio, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, and the Midwest Regional Office in Omaha, Nebraska before beginning his current assignment in 2009.

Good graduated from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., with a Bachelor of Arts in American History, attained his Master of Arts in History through the University of Durham, England, and earned a diploma from the United States Naval War College.

He has authored four published books, American Privateers in the War of 1812:
The Vessels and Their Prizes as Recorded in Niles’ Weekly Register (2012), Lincoln for President: An Underdog’s Path to the 1860 Republican Nomination (2009), The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the Making of a President (2007) and We Saw Lincoln Shot: One Hundred Eyewitness Accounts  (1996). 

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May 25, 2016 Meeting

Will Hutchison,

"The Marines at Harper's Ferry"

Will Hutchison, U.S. Marines and Army retired, provided leadership for a preeminent Civil War living history unit at Harper's Ferry National Historic Park.

In October 2009, at Harpers Ferry, Will portrayed a Marine officer leading the U.S. Marines who assaulted the Armory Engine House and captured the Abolitionist John Brown. Will also provided research, recruitment, authentic weapons, uniforms and training for the company.

For many years, Will has been instrumental in developing

the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Company. A company of

active and retired marines, equipped, accoutered and armed with appropriate uniforms, they portray marines of the past to educate the public about the role of the Marine Corps in American History.

Will Hutchison is the award-winning author of the fictional Ian Carlyle series. He is considered a military history authority, and has collaborated on historical films and major historical events. Will is a sought-after international lecturer on the American Civil War and the Crimean War and an exhibitor of his own fine art photography. Outside his professional and writing interests, he is actively involved with the United States Marine Corps Historical Company, many American Civil War historical organizations, and the Crimean War Research Society.

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