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Date:

Feb. 16, 2011 Place:

The Roger Smith Hotel, 507 Lexington Ave., 16th floor “Solarium”

Time: Dinner at 6 PM, Doors open 5:30 PM Cash Bar 5:30 –6 PM

Please call 212-534-0149 by Feb. 13th to confirm you will be attending.

T H E S H A R P S H O O T E R

THE CIVIL WAR FORUM OF METROPOLITAN NEW YORK

February 2011

Lou McElwee

orn in Hot Springs, Virginia 1946, our February speaker Lou McElwee, whose topic is “Braxton Bragg, Jefferson Davis, and the Confederate failure of command in the West,” has some illustrious ancestors. On his mother’s side he’s a triple descendant pilgrims on the Mayflower (one pilgrim relative was Richard Warren, from whom US Grant and Franklin Roosevelt are also direct descendants). Lou also had ancestors in the Union Army. On his father’s side, his people arrived in Virginia in the 1770s and Lou’s grandfather fought in the Confederate Army. Inspired to read history by his third and fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Hoover, in a school with two grades in each room and no indoor plumbing. Mrs. Hoover was upset that by the end of 4th grade Lou was a US Grant Union man and he remains one to this day. B

Lou never went beyond two years of high school in Virginia, and two years in Ocean City, NJ, but he has read history (not just about the Civil War) since the third grade. Living in New York City since 1968, Lou visits Grant’s Tomb almost every Sunday.

Speakers 2011

March 16: Jaime Malanowski, “Was the Civil War Inevitable?”

April 13: (Note unusual date): Col.Ty Seidule, “Gentlemen or Traitors? West Point’s Memory of Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Generals”

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