Calendar of Events

All events take place at the Fort Taber Military Museum unless otherwise noted.


January 24, 7pm

Fred C. Wexler

Fred C. Wexler and his book The Tammany Regiment: A History of the Forty-Second New York Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1864

Fred C. Wexler is a 16 year member of the Cape Cod Civil War Round Table—President from 2007 thru 2009. His many lectures include the following: Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Ball’s Bluff, General McClellan and the Peninsula Campaign, The Civil War Draft, General Grierson’s 1864 Cavalry Raid on Mobile and Ohio Railroad, and many others. He is the principle lecturer and organizer of the Plymouth Mass Pine Hills Civil War Study Group. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Chatham, Plymouth, and Barnstable schools, lecturing on Slavery and the Civil War Amendments to the United States Constitution: 2004-6. Fred was also instrumental to the Kneeling Soldier preservation project in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Fred Wexler has his Bachelors degree from City College of New York, 1967, his M.B.A from Boston University in May of 1971, and his J.D. from New England School of Law in May of 1989.

His presentation for this month at our Round Table will be The Tammany Regiment: A History of the Forty-Second New York Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1864.

As the Union mobilized to meet the military challenges of the Civil War, the people of New York volunteered in large numbers to meet the quotas set by President Lincoln. Tammany Hall used all of its political power to recruit men, mostly Irish immigrants, to form the regiment that would bear its name throughout most of the fiercest fighting of the war—from the bluffs outside Leesburg, the West Woods of Antietam, and the streets of Fredericksburg to Pickett’s Charge of Gettysburg and the chaos that was Petersburg. Of the more than one thousand men who started with the regiment in 1861, less than one hundred would remain in 1864.

The Tammany Regiment is more than a story of a powerful political machine. It is a story about how the Fenian Movement to free Ireland from England affected the men in the trenches. It is a story of how families survived the challenges of war.

$500 Book Award Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Greater New Bedford Civil War Round Table is offering a $500 book award to graduating seniors in 2017 of area high schools.

The application form and accompanying materials must be received by Friday March 31, 2017 to be considered. Any material received after that date will not be considered.

Download the scholarship form here. (Word DOC)

February 28, 2017, 7pm

Chuck Veit

Chuck is President of the Naval & Marine Living History Association and founder of the U.S. Naval Landing Party, and noted author.

March 28, 2017, 7pm

David Prentiss

The Lessons of Lincoln: What Abraham Lincoln Can Teach Us Today

April 25, 2017, 7pm

John Foskett

John Foskett returns with Part 2 of his presentation on Civil War Artillery. Not to worry, he will bring a review handout of Part 1.

May 23, 2017, 7pm

Kevin Levin

The History of the Confederate Battle Flag. You can find Kevin’s commentary on Twitter and many other websites


December 13, 2016, 6pm

Annual Holiday Dinner

30 Brock Ave. New Bedford, MA, 02744 508-993-9922


This will be a fun, social holiday event. Guests are welcome.

Make your reservation today! Download the reservation form here.

November 15, 2016, 7pm

Megan Kate Nelson

Megan Kate Nelson and her book Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War

Megan returns to the New Bedford Civil War Round Table speaker platform. She is a writer, historian, and cultural critic. She earned her BA in History and Literature from Harvard University. And she received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and has taught at Texas Tech University, California State University at Fullerton, Harvard University, and Brown University. Based in Lincoln, Massachusetts, she writes for the New York Times “Disunion” blog, JSTOR Daily, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Civil War Times.

She is the author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (University of Georgia Press 2012) and Trembling Earth: A cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (University of Georgia Press 2005). She also maintains the blog Historista. Her third book is Path of the Dead Man: How the West was Won—and Lost—during the American Civil War.

Her presentation November 15 will again feature the Civil War in the Southwest.

October 25, 2016, 7pm

James B. Conroy | Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime is James Conroy’s newest book. It will be released Oct 15.

James B. Conroy and his book Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime

“This book is devoted to capturing the look, feel, and smell of the executive mansion from Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 to his assassination in 1865. James Conroy brings to life the people who knew it, from the servants to cabinet secretaries. We see the constant stream of visitors, from the ordinary citizens to visiting dignitaries and diplomats. James Conroy enables the reader to see the how the Lincolns lived and how the administration conducted day-to-day business during the four of the most tumultuous years in American history. Relying on fresh research and a character-driven narrative and drawing on untapped primary resources, he takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour that provides new insight into how Lincoln lived, led the government, conducted war, and ultimately, unified the country to build a better government of, by, and for the people.”
~from the review on the Amazon website.

“ … James B. Conroy has brought Lincoln’s White House to life, letting readers step through the gates, past the guards, and into the presence of the Great Emancipator. Sit in Lincoln’s office and observe a cabinet meeting, or watch the president and first lady shake hands with guests at a reception. Eavesdrop on conversations with office seekers, or enjoy a serenade. By recreating moments—great and small—of joy, grief, exhaustion, commotion, and solitude, Lincoln’s White House gives us a new appreciation for the burdens of Lincoln and his family.”
~Jonathan W. White, author of Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War.

September 27, 2016, 7pm

Matthew Cost | author of the recently published historical novel, Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard

July/August 2016

Summer Vacation

June 28, 2016, 6pm

Annual Picnic and Annual Business Meeting

May 24, 2016, 7pm

John Foskett

April 26, 2016, 7pm

John Rodrique

March 22, 2016, 7pm

James Conroy

February 23, 2016, 7pm

Mark Mello | Devil’s Den, Gettysburg - The Second Day