2016 Meetings

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Civil War Trivia

6:30 pm - 8:30 p,m

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Civil War Trivia

LeAnn Krokker


Please come to our Annual Civil War Trivia Night hosted by our own LeAnn Krokker!  This has always been a very fun evening with lots of friendly competition! 

6:30 pm - 8:30 p,m

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Worst Colonel I Ever Saw - Francis Quinn and the 12th Michigan Infantry

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Worst Colonel I Ever Saw - Francis Quinn and the 12th Michigan Infantry

Author, Mr. Robert Myers


Success in the Civil War brought fame to many Americans - and ruin to others. Col. Francis Quinn, a prominent Niles businessman, won command of the 12th Michigan but his disastrous debut at the Battle of Shiloh destroyed his life. Follow Quinn and his command through one of the war’s bloodiest battles.


Please join us to hear Bob Myers talk Colonel Francis Quinn and the 12th Michigan Infantry at Shiloh.  Bob is a resident of St. Joseph, MI and is the curator of the History Center at the Courthouse Square in Berrien Springs, MI.  He has authored numerous books and his articles have appeared in Michigan History Magazine and Michigan Historical Review. 

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Confederate Christian Warrior-Fr. James Sheeran of the 14th LA

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Confederate Christian Warrior-Fr. James Sheeran of the 14th LA

Father Robert Miller

Fr. James Sheeran was one of the most colorful figures of the entire Civil War. He was a widower, an Irish immigrant, a committed Confederate, a dedicated Catholic priest and religious, and an outspoken warrior of the Lord’s army whether North or South.  As chaplain of the 14th LA, and one of very few “full-time” chaplains in either army, Sheeran interacted with nearly every high-ranking Confederate officer in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. His 1861-64 chaplain’s ministry is filled with humor & stories, pathos & horror, color and drama.  His Civil War journal (soon to be released in un-abridged form) may be the best chaplain’s journal published after the War. As Gen. Howell Cobb’s (GA politician/general) reminisced about in 1863, “the 14th LA were the most favored in the service, for while they had Gen. Zable to damn them, they had Father Sheeran to save them.”


​Please join us to hear Father Bob Miller give a presentation about Fr. James Sheeran of the 14th LA.  Father Miller currently serves at St. Dorothy Church in the inner-city of Chicago, and in 2007, authored the book, “Both Prayed to the Same God – Religion and Faith in the Civil War.”

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

There'd Be Hair Pullin' For Sure: Women and Civil War Memory

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

There'd Be Hair Pullin' For Sure: Women and Civil War Memory

Professor Caroline E. Janney


Unlike their respective veterans, in the years after the Civil War Union and Confederate women’s groups dedicated to preserving the memory of the war rarely found any common ground to celebrate. Dedicated not only to decidedly different causes, but also to different roles within Civil War commemorations, northern and southern women found little reason to meet with one another at the blue-gray reunions of the day. In fact, they proved to be some of the fiercest defenders of sectional animosity well into the 20th century.


​Please join us to hear Professor Caroline E. Janney talk about the vastly different memories that Civil War era women had depending on which side they were on. Professor Janney is Professor of History and the Assistant Head of the Department of History at Purdue University.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Round Table Discussion of the Vicksburg Campaign

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (Lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Round Table Discussion of the Vicksburg Campaign

Mike Dumke, Ted Chamberlain, Keith Chapman & Scott Adrian


The May meeting will be an open discussion by the members of the round table of the Vicksburg Campaign. The meeting will be moderated by Mike Dumke, Ted Chamberlain, Keith Chapman & Scott Adrian.  

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (Lower level) 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, Michigan

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