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CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE – October 20, 2020, Meeting

Greetings and Welcome to our October Meeting!

From: Jennifer CS Brylinski, Round Table President

Info about the October Meeting
Meeting Date:  Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
Time:  7:30 P.M.
Place:  Sussex County Community College, College Hill Road, Newton, NJ.  Performing Arts Center in the
Atrium Room.

NEW MEETING LOCATION!!!  Come and enjoy the October Meeting of the Colonel Henry Ryerson Civil
War Round Table on October 20, 2020, 7:30 pm, at the Sussex County Community College (SCCC),
Performing Arts Center, College Hill Road, Newton, New Jersey, in the Atrium.  Admission is free,
donations appreciated.

We start our Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 Season in a new location!  The College has graciously offered us the
use of the Atrium in their Performing Arts Center (PAC) for our monthly meetings.  The Atrium is on the
second floor of the PAC, with both a staircase and elevator available for access.  Though we will be abiding
by the COVID regulations as required by the SCCC, which includes chairs set at appropriate distances, we
have been advised to bring along our masks.  These requirements will be amended at the appropriate
times in the future. Additionally, voting for several members of the Round Table’s Officer and Trustee
positions will take place at the October meeting.  Only paid members are allowed to vote.

The Performing Arts Center is the newest large building at the top of the hill above the main Parking Lot 1.  
The beautiful Atrium is surrounded by glass windows and will be a fantastic meeting place for our get-
togethers and presentations!  For those who recall, the College was the original meeting location for our
Round Table – so it’s great to feel like we are “coming home”!  Now, more about our October presentation:

“War Means Fighting and Fighting Means Killing”: The Story of Confederate General Nathan Bedford
Forrest, by presenter Heidi Amelia-Anne Weber, Ph.D.
The story of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest is often one that is perhaps a little confusing.  He
made his fortune in the barbaric job of slave trading, his command is associated with the massacre at Fort
Pillow, and he is connected with the establishment of the Klan.  On the field of battle, Forrest was a natural
born cavalry leader, who was often disregarded because he was not an academy graduate.  Yet, many of
his actions were perhaps contradictory to what we have come to associate with General Forrest.  Dr. Heidi
Amelia-Anne Weber will discuss this controversial general and the conundrum that he in fact presents.
Dr. Heidi Amelia-Anne Weber holds the rank of full professor of military history/history at the State University
of New York: Orange.  She is the first and only female faculty member in the Department of Global Studies.  
Heidi earned her Ph.D. in 19th Century American History from Kent State University.  Her specialty is the
Antebellum South as well as the application of total warfare in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina
in 1864-1865.  She was also selected as a Fellow in the United States Military Academy Summer Seminar
in Military History.
Heidi has published articles, chapters, and made contributions in numerous publications and
encyclopedias. She is currently working with Mercer University Press on the publication of her manuscript in
2021 “Like a great feudal landlord…”: How Architecture and Slavery Created the World of the Upcountry
Planter.  Heidi has also conducted book reviews for various publications and has served as the editor of the
Journal of America’s Military Past.  In 2019, Heidi was appointed as the chair of The Sally & Morris Laskey
Prize for the best book in the field of American Political History.
Heidi is active in presenting her scholarship at many historical groups including the US Army Center of
Military History Conference of Military Historians, the Council on America’s Past conferences, the Society of
Military History Annual Conference, as well as locally for the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sussex
County Center of Lifelong Learning, various Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Civil War Roundtable groups, and
many State University of New York sponsored events.
In addition, Heidi is an active member of our community.  She is a member of the Newton Rotary Club,
serves on the SCARC Foundation Board as the secretary, and the Women of the Moose.  In June of 2020,
she was appointed to the Newton Cemetery Board and was elected as secretary.  Dr. Weber is a previous
chairperson of the Sussex County Community College Board of Trustees Search Committee.
Heidi will be honored in 2021 as a Boy Scouts of America Tribute to Women honoree (which was
postponed due to COVID).  She was also invited to deliver the keynote address for the 100 Women
celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment but that event was postponed as well.
The Colonel Henry Ryerson Civil War Round Table provides educational programs, tours, and fellowship for
individuals interested in the Civil War Era.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  Donations are always
appreciated!  For more information please call Jennifer at 201-320-5989 during the day, or check out the
Round Table’s website at
The Upcoming Civil War Round Table Season:
November 17, 2020 – Dr. Peter Lubrecht, “Carl Schurz, German-American Statesman.”
December 2020 – No meeting in December.
January 19, 2021 – Movie Night - Lincoln and Lee at Antietam, The Cost of Freedom, 2006, movie narrated
by Ronald Maxwell.
Feb 16, 2021 –Jason Huggan, Cultural Resource Manager at Picatinny Arsenal, “The Development of
Picatinny Arsenal.”
March 16, 2021 – Mike Smith, as “General John Buford.”
April 20, 2021 – Jason Dilts, “Civil War Surgeon.”
May 18, 2021 - Dinner Meeting, Jay Jorgensen, “The Battle of Shiloh”.  To be held at the Lafayette House.