Wednesday, 12 July 2017
On Wednesday, July 12, Dave Goracke returns with a two part presentation. The lead talk continues Dave’s series on the last days of the War and recounts the “long surrender” in North Carolina. His second presentation is the next installment of a quiz game that tests your knowledge of the War and its related history.
It was the twilight of the Confederacy as spring began in 1865. Substantial rebel forces still fought and five state capitals were still in Confederate hands. Gen Grant was about to change that with a massive five part strategy. One prong was the effort by Gen. Sherman in North Carolina to foil the CS Army of the South under Joe Johnston and force its surrender. Johnston and Sherman finally met at the Bennett Place and negotiated terms to end the war. But neither commander adhered to their orders established by their governments. The surrender dance in North Carolina continued to take on a process and timeline different than the history of Appomatox with which we are familiar.
Just how Civil War-savvy are you? The second feature of the Civil Warriors’ July meeting will be a combination education/ entertainment/competition activity,
The Bennet Place
moderated by Dave Goracke, called “Civil Warriors Scramble 2017.” The game is broadly similar to the popular Jeopardy TV contest. The game provides an answer and you must provide the appropriate question. It features teams, Civil War categories, increasingly difficult questions and a final Hail Mary chance to win for a team trailing in points. The discussion following each question will be an education in itself. So, be sure to sharpen your thinking cap for this one!
Dave Goracke is a retired aerospace engineering and program manager. Mr. Goracke grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, and currently resides in West Hills. Geographical proximity to northern Virginia battlefields sparked his interest in Civil War history as a youngster. Mr. Goracke is the current program coordinator for the Civil Warriors Round Table of Los Angeles and the West San Fernando Valley and has made Civil War presentations to several southern California historical groups.
As always, come join us before the program starts. Our members start assembling around 6PM for the Weilers sandwich dinner and for the camaraderie of their fellow Civil Warriors. Meeting attendance is $5 which includes soft drinks and cookies. 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 7/12/17 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 our Future Presentations section.
Weiler's West Hills Deli
22323 Sherman Way - West Hills
Presentation at 7PM sharp!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017