Regular Meeting Schedule

BCWRT meets on the first Tuesday of the month September through June Registration opens at 6:30 Program starts at 7:00 Hatch Auditorium, Baptist Assembly, Caswell Beach


"Civil War-era Prisons: North and South," Phillip Pickinpaugh

Oct 3 2017 - 7:00pm

American Civil War prison camps were operated by both the Union and the Confederates to handle the 409,000 soldiers captured during the war from 1861 to 1865. This is only one statistic of many that are rarely mentioned when the Civil War is discussed.  This and many other issues, facts and figures will be revealed  when guest speaker Roger Pickenpaugh takes center stage at the Tuesday, October 3rd meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table. His topic: “Civil War-era Prisons: North and South.”

In June, 1861 only a few weeks after the first shots at Fort Sumter ignited the Civil War, Union prisoners began to arrive in Southern prisons. Over the next several years, prisoners amassed in both North and South prison camps. One hundred and fifty years later Civil War prisons and the way prisoners of war were treated remain contentious topics. Partisans of each side continue to criticize the other for POW maltreatment. Pickenpaugh’s groundbreaking book, “Captives in Gray: The Civil War Prisons of the Union,” and his companion book entitled, “Captives in Blue” provide in-depth coverage of this important topic. His fascinating presentation will be largely based on these award-winning books, providing a thoughtful examination and assessment of the numerous issues that captives faced from both sides throughout the Civil War.

Some thought-provoking topics include dealing with parole and exchange of prisoners since both sides lacked the facilities for handling large numbers of captured troops. There were variations in the policies and practices in the different prison camps, including how to deal with African American soldiers, as well as the treatment of officers versus enlisted men. Training camps had to be turned into prisons, plus major concerns arose for adequately funding the building of new prison camps. Then there was the treatment of all prisoners, prison facilities and the logistics of increasing numbers of detainees, the high disease rate, and the constant shortage of medicine, doctors, food and ice, leading to increasing mortality rates. In essence, prison camps faced mismanagement, brutality, incompetence, and ongoing logistical constraints. 

Roger Pickenpaugh retired after a thirty-year teaching career. Over the yesrs, he has devoted countless hours of research and study focused on Civil War prison camps. His first of several books on prisons was entitled, “Camp Chase and the Evolution of Union Prison Policy.” His book, “Captives in Gray: The Civil War Prisons of the Union,” was awarded the James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Prize sponsored by the Robert E. Lee Civil War Library and Research Center. Roger is a popular speaker in Civil War circles given the unique focus on Civil War prison camps, a topic rarely discussed by other Civil War historians. The Round Table is fortunate to have him as guest speaker at the Tuesday, October 3rd meeting. 

"Unknown Title," Ed Bearrs

Jan 3 2018 - 7:00pm


"Braxton Bragg," Chris Fonvielle

Feb 6 2018 - 7:00pm

"Lee at Gettysburg," Noah Trudeau

Mar 6 2018 - 7:00pm

"Atlanta and Hood," Steve Davis

May 1 2018 - 7:00pm

"Letters of Hood's Texas Brigade," Susannah Ural

May 29 2018 - 7:00pm

Please note that the date of the June meeting has been changed to May 29th due to availability of Hatch Auditorium.