Our September meeting got the LACWRT’s 2016-17 year off to a great start, with a wonderful presentation, by Jane Singer, who told us the amazing story of William Lloyd, a bigamist, minstrel, and scam artist, who duped the U.S. Government out of $3,000 in gold, claiming that he had been Lincoln’s spy, based on a pass, which Lincoln did sign, allowing Lloyd to pass through the lines during the Civil War. We also learned how his unscrupulous attorney, Enoch Totten, sued the United States, on behalf of one of Lloyd’s several wives, for more money, after Lloyd died. The importance of the case is that it set the precedent for disallowing claims from being tried in court if the result might be the release of “state’s secrets,” a doctrine that is still being employed today. Ms. Singer’s talk was informative and entertaining, as we learned a number of interesting things, like the origin of the term, “Jim Crow.”
John Beckendorf has been busy filling in our Speakers Schedule, with more great programs. Please check out the tentative schedule, which you can find by clicking on the “LACWRT Programs” tab at the top of this website. As you can see, our next meeting is on October 18. Our speaker will be author, Meg Groeling, who will be discussing her new book: "The Aftermath of Battle: The Burial of the Civil War Dead". You can see more information about Ms. Groeling and her presentation, by clicking on the “LACWRT Programs” tab. I am sure that you do not want to miss this meeting!
The Banning Museum is hosting an exhibit, entitled, “The March of the California Column: 900 Miles to Battle.”
On Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, the Drum Barracks invites you to attend their “Spirits of Drum Barracks” candlelight tours, at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM. Tickets, costing $15, are required. The number of tickets is limited and the deadline for ordering them is October 15. Call: 310-548-7509.
On Monday, October 31st, the Drum Barracks will be giving out free candy to children in costume.
On Saturday, November 19th, the Sons of Union Veterans Auxiliary will be hosting its annual Remembrance Day celebration, featuring President Abraham Lincoln, delivering his Gettysburg Address, at the Drum Barracks, at 2:00 PM.
On Saturday and Sunday, December 3 & 4, the Drum Barracks will be hosting its “A Civil War Christmas” event, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, in conjunction with the Banning Museum’s “Victorian Christmas.” Admission is free for both open houses, and there will be free horse drawn carriage rides between the two museums.
Be sure to click the “Upcoming Events” tab of our website, where we have a list of Civil War related events that will be taking place in Southern California, between now and the end of the year. As you will see, there are lots of opportunities for learning and fun.
If you have not been to one of our meetings, there is no fee, and everyone is welcome. You need not be a Civil War buff, just someone interested in our Nation’s history. If you decide to join the Round Table, our dues are $25, for individuals, and $30 for couples, but they are not mandatory. Directions to our meetings can be found under the “How to Find Us” tab.