Wednesday, 9 August, 2017
The Civil Warriors Round Table will hold its next meeting at 7PM on Wednesday, September 13, at Weiler’s Deli in West Hills, CA. Doctor Stewart Davenport of Pepperdine University will be speaking about “The Civil War: 1861.”
Professor Stewart Davenport returns to speak to the Civil Warriors, this time about the War itself. Dr. Davenport previously has described the context of the War, such as the causes of the War, the slave trade in the Western Hemisphere and the abolitionist movement in America from Revolutionary War times.
In this narrative he takes us back to the beginning of 1861 when the political landscape had become fractured with desperate peace initiatives set against the intransigence of the President-elect in the North and of the firebrands in the South. Dr. Davenport will describe the first halting military moves around the defense of Washington DC and in the assertion of southern independence. He will describe how this initial hurry to combat resulted in debacles at Manassas and in Kentucky.
After the shock of Manassas both sides realized the potential cost of the War in blood and treasure. Professor Davenport will show about how this pause in the latter part of 1861 factored into the long stalemate in the East but, in contrast, eventually led to determined Union movement in the West and the early ascendancy of a strong command corps that eventually won the War.
Our speaker, Stewart Davenport, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1994 he graduated summa cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University, and in 2001 received his Ph.D. in history from Yale. In 2001-2002 he taught at Connecticut College and since then has been teaching full time at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He teaches courses on Colonial America, the Revolution and New Nation, Civil War and Reconstruction, California History, and American Religious History. Originally interested in William Faulkner and Southern history, Stewart now focuses primarily on American religious history, the history of ideas, and is especially interested in issues of economic ethics. His first book, Friends of the Unrighteous Mammonî: Northern Christians and Market Capitalism, 1815-1860, was published in 2008 by the University of Chicago Press. He has been married since August, 2007, and he and his wife Mary live in Santa Monica, California.
As always, come join us before the program starts. Our members start assembling around 6PM for refreshments, the Weilers sandwich dinner and for the camaraderie of their fellow Civil Warriors. Meeting attendance is $5 which includes soft drinks, cookies and an entry in our book drawing. The sandwich dinner is $15 which includes attendance, a deli sandwich and exclusive Weilers side dishes. If you wish to partake of the dinner, please RSVP before noon of 2/8/17 to Dave Goracke at: email@example.com
and your dinner will be available when you arrive. Guests and new members are always welcome to join us for this and future meetings! If you can’t make this meeting, please consider one of our exciting upcoming meetings noted in the Future Presentations section of this web site.
Weiler's West Hills Deli
22323 Sherman Way - West Hills
Presentation at 7PM sharp!
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Enthusiastic discussion to follow