On Monday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Farmington Branch Library Auditorium, The Roundtable welcomes MRRT member Jeff Glass, who will present "John Bull and the Yankees: British/U.S. Relations before and during the Civil War" on Monday, August 31st. Jeff will discuss some of the adversarial interactions between the U.S. and Britain that often troubled their relations in the pre-war years. He will discuss several incidents during the Civil War, including the cotton embargo, the RMS Trent affair, the Florida & Alabama raiders, the "Laird rams" and several episodes arising from the efforts of Confederate spies in British North America (Canada). Some of the factors which probably caused Britain not to intervene in the conflict will be summarized. France's attitude and actions during the war will be reviewed. Jeff is from the Pittsburgh area where he earned degrees from Carnegie Mellon and the Universi He and his wife enjoy 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
About the Michgan Regimental Round Table
Who We Are
Founded January 8, 1960, the Michigan Regimental Round Table (MRRT) is a non-profit organization intended to stimulate interest in all aspects and phases of the Civil War Period. For over fifty-five years, we have provided enthusiasts in the Detroit area a forum to discuss and hear topics on the Civil War.
"If we have expertise in any area of the Civil War,
let us always be ready to share it,
remembering humbly that all the true 'experts'
have long since departed."
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.)
For 2014, the MRRT traveled from October 25-26 to Northern Virginia (Five Forks to Appomatox), following in the footsteps of Grant's operations that brought Lee and the Confederacy to Appomatox. Click here for a presentation of pictures showing the trip's highlights, or here for a flyer describing the details of the trip.
For 2015, from October 11–12 Chuck Lott and Darryl Smith will be our guides for a tour of the Perryville, Kentucky battlefield.
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.)
Join Us—Become A Member
The monthly program is open to all but only members receive the monthly newsletter and can participate in the MRRT annual field trip. Annual membership dues are $10 for students and $20 for all others. The dues are used to cover expenses for speakers, facilities, preservation and administrative costs.
For information on how to join the MRRT, come visit us at our monthly meeting, or email Norm Carver.