THE COLONEL HENRY RYERSON CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE
Next Meeting will be held on Nov. 20th, 2018 at 7:30 PM, at Bristol Glen,
Methodist Communities, Rt 206, South of Newton, N.J. 07860.
Info about the November Meeting
Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018, Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Bristol Glen, 200 Bristol Glen Drive, Newton, New Jersey (973-300-
5788), enter through Main Entrance. The meeting is in the “Town Hall” room.
Presentation – “Muskets and Applejack: Spirits, Soldiers, and the Civil War” by
Blood, gunfire, and whiskey: they are the three things that defined Civil War
battlefields. In this fascinating history of the war that almost tore America
apart, our speaker historian Mark Will-Weber weaves together lighthearted
stories of drunken generals and out-of-control soldiers with the gritty reality of
battlefields where whiskey was the only medicine - and sometimes the only
food. His story will paint a full, complex picture of the surprisingly large role
alcohol played in the Civil War: how it helped heal physical and emotional
wounds, form friendships, and cause strife.
Mark's talk will chronicle the influence of alcohol on the Civil War. Although
the use of alcohol was a welcomed necessity for wounded soldiers, there were
also a slew of negatives due to "Demon Alcohol"...As one of officers on the
famed USS Monitor wrote to his wife: "There are three problems with our army
and navy...The first is whiskey...The second is whiskey...and the third is
whiskey!" As Mark said, "One of the fun explorations for me as I researched
my book "Muskets & Applejack" was working on the trials and tribulations of
my great grandfather --- Civil War General J.K. Robison of the 16th
Pennsylvania Cavalry. It seems one of the on-going problems my great
grandfather faced was the futile attempt to prevent his men from securing and
consuming powerful applejack and whiskey."
Mark Will-Weber is a seasoned journalist, author, and magazine editor as well
as an aficionado of both military and presidential history. Mark has published a
noted historical feature on the Battle of Antietam. His grandfather, Colonel
Charles Isiah Faddis, served in three wars (Mexican Border, World War I, and
World War II) and served as a United States congressman from 1933 to 1942.
Published in 2017, "Muskets & Applejack" followed Mark's successful book
titled "Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential
Drinking" (2014). Mark previously worked for the Morning Call newspapers as
a reporter and also as a senior editor of Runner's World Magazine. He lives
with his family in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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. For more information please call
Jennifer at 973-948-4724 during the day, or check out the Round Table’s
website at www.ryersoncwrt.com
The Upcoming Civil War Round Table Season:
December – No Meeting
January 15, 2019 – Movie Night, “The Hunley,” 1999, with Armand Assante, Donald
Sutherland, 90 mins.
February 19, 2019 – Bob Costello, as Lincoln.
March 19, 2019 – Jason Huggan, Cultural Resource Manager at Picatinny Arsenal,
“The Development of Picatinny Arsenal.”
April 16, 2019 – Jamie Malanowski, “Six Men Who Could Have Prevented the Civil
May 21, 2019 – Dinner Meeting, Bruce Chadwick, “The Civil War Goes to the Movies.”
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