San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
Thursday 21st September 2017
at the United Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
Emory Upton - Misunderstood Reformer
David J. Fitzpatrick
Emory Upton (1839–1881) is known in San Francisco history for committing
suicide in 1881 while serving at the Presidio in command of the artillery.
Distinguishing himself during the Civil War at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court
House and at the siege of Petersburg, he was a 25 year-old major general at the end
of the Civil War.
Upton is widely recognized as one of America’s most influential military
thinkers. His works—The Armies of Asia and Europe and The Military Policy of the
United States—fueled the army’s intellectual ferment in the late nineteenth century
and guided Secretary of War Elihu Root’s reforms in the early 1900s.
Fitzpatrick contends that Upton is widely misunderstood as an antidemocratic
militaristic zealot whose ideas were “too Prussian” for America. In this first full
biography in nearly half a century, Fitzpatrick, the leading authority on Upton,
radically revises our view of this important figure in American military thought.
Dr. David Fitzpatrick graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1978 and
served as a field artillery officer for 14 years on active duty and another 11 in the
reserves before retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He earned his M.A. and his Ph.D.
from the University of Michigan. He has taught history at West Point and currently
at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, where he is the faculty president.
Please note: Dues for the coming season are now payable; $30 per person
or $40 for a couple. Checks may be sent to Treasurer Norm Ishimoto per the
instructions below, or submitted at the September meeting.
Corned Beef and Cabbage $36.00
Breast of Chicken Marsala $35.00
Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce $32.00
Entrees are accompanied by salad, fresh vegetables, potatoes, rolls and butter,
dessert, coffee (regular or decaffeinated), or tea.
[ Note: the above prices include gratuity, sales tax and room charge.]
6:00pm no-host cocktails
Please mail a check, indicating your choice of entree, to:
Norman Ishimoto, 1906 18th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116-1246
to arrive before Monday, September 18th.
Or, email your entree choice to firstname.lastname@example.org and bring your
check to the meeting. As a last resort, cash (exact amount) will be accepted at the
Please make checks payable to "SF Civil War Round Table."