About the Michgan Regimental Round Table
Our June 25, 2018 Meeting
Our Monday, June 25, 2018 speaker will be Dave Bastian, who will speak on "Grant's Canal: The Union Attempt to bypass Vicksburg." Dave will discuss the two unsuccessful Union Army attempts to divert the Mississippi River away from Vicksburg by digging a canal across the narrow bend opposite the town. The commander, General Thomas Williams said, "the labor of making this cut is far greater than estimated by anyone." Had the Union Army succeeded, they would have had complete control of the River, thus rendering Vicksburg unimportant!
Dave has first-hand knowledge of the area as he was a civil engineer in Vicksburg for several years. He worked on the feasibility study for the enlargement of the Panama Canal and the post-Katrina levee rebuild in New Orleans. He has a degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and a master's degree from Delft University (The Netherlands). This will be a fascinating presentation!
What We Do
We meet monthly to hear from our members on the latest books, issues of preservation, and other items of Civil War interest. At each meeting, a keynote speaker provides a presentation on a Civil War topic. A monthly newsletter is mailed to members.
In addition, each October MRRT members travel to a Civil War battlefield for a weekend tour (Click on the Annual Field Trip Menu selection in the horizontal menu at the very top of this page for a complete list.)
Where and When We Meet
We meet on the last Monday of the month (except in October, when we go on our Annual Field Trip, and December) at the Farmington Community Library, Farmington Branch, 23500 Liberty St. Farmington, MI 48335. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. (See our 2015 Meeting Schedule, second tab, below.)
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