Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Press Release 9 April 2017. Immediate release.

American Civil War continues to interest – Bob Carr speaking

12 April marks the anniversary of hostilities opening in the American Civil War.

In early 1861 seven states, including South Carolina, had seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America.  South Carolina had demanded that Union troops leave Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. 

When newly-elected President Lincoln (of the Union) made it clear the Union would not leave Fort Sumter, the shooting begun.  Four more states joined the Confederacy and Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to wage what would become the bloodiest war in American history.  Over 630,000 dead.

It is difficult for us today to understand what motivated these events.  The speech last week by Theresa May might assist: “We will take control of our own laws and bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain.  Leaving the European Union will mean that our laws will be made in Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.  And those laws will be interpreted by judges not in Luxembourg, but in courts across this country.”

Have you ever wondered why this war continues to interest so many today?

The American Civil War Round Table (NSW Chapter) meets regularly in Sydney to discuss issues and opinions about the “War between the States”.  The group comprises experienced scholars, well-read enthusiasts and newcomers.  A variety of views are welcome.

On 1 May 2017 our Patron, former Premier and Foreign Minister, Professor the Hon Bob Carr, will present a paper: “How My Interest in the Civil War Began”.  Bob Carr has a long-term interest in US history and the Lincoln years in particular.

New-comers most welcome to join us on 1 May to hear this presentation.  Roseville Club at 6.15.  Free of charge.  Bookings not essential. 

More information at

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Contact Bruce McLennan - [email protected]  or phone 0416 231 939

 American Civil War Roundtable of Australia      - NSW Chapter

PO Box 200, St Ives NSW 2075, Australia

Patron: Prof The Hon Bob Carr

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American Civil War Round Table (NSW)

Our Round Table was constituted in its present form in 1999 following a number of meetings of a small group of people in Sydney with a common interest and fascination with America's Civil War.

Membership now encompasses a wide range of interests with most of our members having little or no formal academic studies in history but all with a desire to gain further knowledge and understanding of the events in 1860s America.

Our meetings are every two months on a Monday. The normal venue for the meetings is: Roseville Memorial RSL Club, Pacific Highway, Roseville. The meetings are scheduled to commence at 7:15pm, although members normally meet at the Club from 6pm for a bistro style meal and convivial discussion on matters of mutual interest.

Bruce McLennan
M: +61 416 231 939


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