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Milwaukee Civil War Roundtable
December,  Newsletter
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December 12, 2013

Lincoln’s Forgotten Admiral

Once revered as one of the finest officers in the U.S. Navy, Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont is now, when remembered at all, criticized for resisting technological innovation and for half-heartedly leading the disastrous all-ironclad Union naval attack on Charleston, South Carolina.

In his talk, our December speaker, Colonel Kevin Weddle, argues for a new assessment of Du Pont’s career and will discuss some of the major episodes in his exciting life, both before and dur-ing the Civil War. Civil-military relations, military strategy and planning, military reform, and the integration of new technology into military organizations are just a few of the topics he will dis-cuss. The talk, drawn from Weddle’s award-winning biography of the admiral, will just scratch the surface of the eventful life of one of the finest officers ever to serve in the United States Navy.

Kevin Weddle is Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He is a native Minnesotan, graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and served over 28 years as a combat engineer officer. Throughout his career he worked in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States and overseas and is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.


Our December meeting will be held at the
The Country Club of the Wisconsin Club
6200 W. Good Hope Road., Milwaukee

Valet Parking is highly recommended.
(Jackets required for dining room)

Dinner – $25 by reservation.
Deadline: Monday, September 9, 2013

5:30 p.m. – Staff Meeting
(Open to all members)

6:15 p.m. – Registration & Social Hour
6:45 p.m. – Dinner
7:30 p.m. – Program

Speakers and topics are subject to change with out notice.

Mail your reservations to:
Paul Eilbes
1809 Washington Ave.
Cedarburg, WI 53012-9730

Or, call in reservations to:
Paul Eilbes (262) 376-0568

or email

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As you know, our season runs from September through May or June. Our membership follows the same pattern, with all memberships due each year in September. For the last two seasons, we have incorporated our dues renewal form with the September General Orders. This has enabled us to gain some savings in printing and postage by not sending this out as a separate mailing.

Please complete and return the renewal form on page7 of September's  issue of General Orders.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Paul Eilbes, Treasurer/Membership Committee Chair

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