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


"Banners in the Breeze," Greg Biggs

Apr 2 2019 - 7:00pm

At the Tuesday, April 2nd meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table, Greg Biggs, military historian and an expert on military flags, will be the guest speaker. His topic is entitled, “Banners in the Breeze”.  The meeting will be held at Hatch Auditorium on Caswell Beach. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:15PM. The program begins at 7:00PM.

Battle flags are rarely the topic at most Civil War meetings and discussions, despite their being of enormous significance to both Union and Confederate armies. Soldiers placed great importance on the flags of their regiments. They would sacrifice their lives defending the flag to protect it from capture by the enemy. The respect for the flag was partly a matter of pride and morale. But it also had a practical aspect closely associated with the conditions on the battlefield. They served as a visual communication when voice commands and bugle calls could not be heard. Armies at the time had no electronic means to communicate, so a visual rallying point was essential, and soldiers were trained to follow the flag. A popular song of the Civil War, “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” made mention of how “we’ll rally ‘round the flag, boys.” The reference to the flag, while ostensibly a patriotic boast, does actually play upon the practical use of flags as a rallying point on the battlefield.  

Distinctive battle flags of the Confederate armies were used beginning in 1861. The goal was to create flags that looked completely different to the United States Stars and Stripes used by Union regiments. In 1862, each army followed its own path. The Army of Northern Virginia continued to expand on its Southern Cross pattern, while Western armies created flags that looked nothing like those more famous flags. In essence, the modern myth of “the Confederate battle flag” is dismissed as many flags with distinctive designs prove that no such single flag existed during the Civil War. The bulk of these battle flag patterns were created in 1862, many of which continued for the rest of the war with some variations.

The meeting’s guest speaker is a career military historian for over fifty years, including extensive study of military flags, consulting with a number of museums, archives, libraries, and authors, and has lectured across the country to Civil War roundtables and history groups, including presenting flag programs to the Museum of the Confederacy, the National Civil War Museum, as well as contributor to the Civil War Trust’s video series entitled, Flags of the Civil War. In addition, Greg is an experienced tour guide, and the author of numerous articles which have appeared in Civil War Regiments journal, Blue & Gray Magazine, Civil War News, Citizens Companion, Civil War Trust’s Hallowed Ground, as well as online publications. Greg resides in Clarksville, Tennessee with his wife Karel, and their four cats named for Confederate Cavalrymen! He is president of the Clarksville Civil War Round Table, and an officer of the Nashville Civil War Round Table.

"Fake News - Civil War Style: Lincoln, Davis and the Press," Harold Holzer

May 7 2019 - 7:00pm

Speaker Harold Holzer, winner of The 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln prize, will focus on "Fake News- Civil War Style: Lincoln, Davis and the Press." Holzer is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, a prolific writer and lecturer, and a frequent guest on television who also received several appointments by Presidents Bush and Clinton.