About the Michgan Regimental Round Table
January 29, 6:30 p.m.
Our Monday, January 29, 2018 meeting begins at 6:30 pm in the basement of the Farmington Library. Member Jeff Glass will speak on the almost-forgotten "Sultana Disaster".
The Sultana left Memphis, Tennessee on April 27, 1865 crowded with recently released Union prisoners of war. Suddenly, the Sultana exploded, "The blast nearly cut the Sultana in two, soldiers and wreckage were hurled into the darkness, and hundreds of men were killed by the explosion, hundreds more scalded to death by escaping steam."
The explosion was especially tragic as these victims had survived prison camp. Jeff will review the circumstances of the greatest loss in U.S. maritime history as well as why this disaster is seldom remembered today
Our January 2018 meeting will begin the process of selecting our 2018 trip destination. Please bring your ideas for our consideration. Voting will start during the February 26th meeting with the final vote probably occurring at the March 26th meeting. Recent field trips include:
- 2016—Antietam & Harper's Ferry
- 2013—Charleston, SC
- 2012—1st and 2nd Bull Run
- 2011—Springfield / New Salem, IL
- 2010—Wilderness & Spotsylvania
- 2009—Chancesville & Fredericksburg
- 2006—Franklin and Nashville
- 2005—Antietam & Harper's Ferry
- 2004—Chattanooga and Chickamauga
- 2003—Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864
- 2001&mdashRichmond (7 Days)
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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