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Civil War Roundtable Orange County California Organization

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE OF ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA Meets 3rd Thursday of month at Carrows, Huntington Beach

The meeting usually includes an interesting speak on the Civil War or history topics. Meets at Carrows. Location: 16931 Magnolia St, Huntington Beach, CA. Time: 7 - 9 p.m. (Banquet room opens for dinner at 6 p.m.) Phone: (714) 848-1995

You don't have to be a history buff to participate in the lively, interesting discussions and lectures that promote documentation, data collecting and preservation of Orange County's role in the Civil War. Yes, there is a connection between The OC and The USA! Seldom taught in schools, the threads of the region's participation, and residents who fought or served in Civil War battle are seldom recognized. Fortunately, this group formed a decade ago to keep the information from disappearing into the dust.

The Civil War Round Table of Orange County, California was founded in January 1998 thanks to the passion of three individuals--Carl Clink, Dave Shultz and Anna Howland. The first met to talk about the Civil War at Barnes and Noble in Huntington Beach. All three were members of area round tables, and they felt that there should be one in Orange County, a California county of three million population, and Civil War roots.

In January, 1998, the CWRTOC, CA had it's first meeting. The first speaker was Professor Jim Stanberry of Harbor College, a staple of the round table establishment in Southern California, who facilitated a discussion of "Lee as Commander".

The CWRTOC,CA has been actively involved with battlefield and historic site preservation with projects such as a grave registration project documenting Civil War veterans buried in the county. Well over 700 veterans from both sides of the war have been documented as having ties to Orange County (most are buried in cemeteries here.) One such participant, Union soldier Martin Osborne, is buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana. The round table was instrumental in obtaining a gravestone to honor this man. When CWRTOC,CA, conducted a cemetery tour of the veterans buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Garden Grove over 150 people attended the event, showing strong interest in learning more.

The CWRTOC,CA sponsored the West Coast Civil War Conference held at the Radisson Resort at Knotts Berry Farm in 2001. The theme was "The 1862 Maryland Campaign" featuring national Civil War historians Brian Pohanka and Joseph Harsh. This event raised money for the preservation of historical sites. Part of the money has been donated to local historical monuments such as the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum in Wilmington, CA and the Lincoln Memorial Shrine located in Redlands, CA. The remainder of the money has been divided between various Civil War battlefield preservation projects.

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