Civil War Roundtable fetes 20th anniversary

Charter members of the Round Table include, back, from left, Walt McPartlin of Boxford, Tom DiGiuseppe of West Newbury, Art Ober of Salisbury, and Bob Sullivan of Haverhill. Front, left to right, Liz Hallett of Newburyport, Nancy Sullivan of Gloucester and Miller Graf of Newburyport.

NEWBURYPORT -- The Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack Inc. will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 14, with a special meeting at a special location. The meeting will take place at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water St., Newburyport at 7 p.m.

Author and President of the Navy & Marine Living History Association Chuck Veit, of North Attleborough will be the featured speaker, whose talk will be “How the U.S. Navy Won the American Civil War.”

Founded in 1994 and incorporated in 1995 in Newburyport, this diverse group of individuals share a common interest in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. Meetings are held monthly and feature talks and discussions by national and local authors, educators, and historians, as well as our own members. Topics cover all aspects of the War. All are welcome to attend.

In addition to monthly meetings, the Roundtable seeks to perpetuate the memory of the men & women who served during that trying time in our Nation’s history by education of the public, and by promoting awareness of historic battlefield preservation. The group has held, or been a part of, many historic demonstrations, Civil War monument rededications, parades, and ceremonies, and regularly makes donations to national, state, and local historic sites and preservation groups. They also present a biennial Stephen Collins Foster Award, for meritorious service and distinguished achievement by an individual or organization, for preservation, dissemination, and perpetuation of mid-19th century American arts & culture.

Of 18 original charter members, 7 are still regular attendees and are actively involved in the group, whose total membership averages 35 in any given year.