San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting Thursday17th April 2014 at the United Irish Cultural Center 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco ===========
The meeting started at 6:45pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and the introduction of new member Catherine Krebs and her guest.
Mike McAdoo reported that Treasurer Emerita Joan Keller would be returning to her home this week.
Bob Lawhon encouraged members to attend the meeting of Westerners to be held on Tuesday April 22nd at L'Olivier on Davis Street.
Historian and writer Ken Bruce gave a spirited presentation on "The Seven Days Battle Before Richmond." With an energetic theatricality seldom seen at SFCWRT meetings, Ken took us through a condensed account of the Civil War with a particular focus on McClellan's performance in the Seven Days battles around Richmond. With the exception of Malvern Hill, McClellan appeared to those in Washington to be retreating and back-tracking. Ken postulated that, after Malvern Hill, McClellan was positioned to advance on Petersburg and then attack Richmond from the south. By this time however, Lincoln could tolerate the "slows" no more and relieved him of command. At the end of the dynamic performance, the members were as exhausted as the Army of the Potomac.
Program Chair Bob Hubbs announced that our May Speaker will be Ted Savas, speaking on "Lincoln and Davis at War."