Civil War Roundtable meets April 8

Mar 28, 2013

The Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table will meet  at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the Jackson Criminal Justice Center in Sylva, Room 220, with a presentation by Christopher Rucker, MD, on “Blue Light and the H. L. Hunley, Debunking the Blue Lantern Myth.” This article was originally published by Civil War Navy Magazine in 2012.

Rucker’s research and evidence will be aided by multi-media. There has been new interest in the star-crossed Hunley and its crew, since its discovery in the silt in Charleston harbor in 1995 and its raising in August 2000 by author Clive Cussler and diver Ralph Wilbanks.  Since 1866, when Jacob Cardozo’s “Reminiscences of Charleston” was published,  one of the more mysterious facets of the story surrounding the Hunley's voyage and mission concerns the blue light signal.  Rucker will try to rectify any falsehoods from any primary sources or secondary accounts.

Rucker is a Virginia native, who grew up in Richmond, and spent vacations  traipsing through cemeteries in the South with his physician father to collect gravestone rubbings of Confederate generals. He has been reenacting for 16 years, serving with Ferguson’s Artillery and is an expert on 18th and 19th century artillery and pyrotechnics.  He is a consultant with the historical board at Cowpens Battlefield and is a member of the Spartanburg Civil War Round Table.                                                                     All are invited to come have dinner with Dr. Rucker at 5p.m. at Bogart's, in Sylva. A social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Justice Center, in Sylva,  followed by Dr. Rucker's presentation at 7 p.m.

For information, call 586-6078.