New season of Civil War Round Table begins Aug. 11
August brings the beginning of a new year of Western North Carolina Civil War Round Tables. The first program of the new season will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the Mountain Heritage Center on Western Carolina University’s campus.
The guest speaker will be actor and historian Patrick Falci, who will discuss the making of the movie “Gettysburg,” and present a look at “Lee’s Forgotten General A.P. Hill.”
Falci portrays Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill in the movie Gettysburg” and was the historical advisor to director/screen writer Ron Maxwell for this movie and for “Gods and Generals.” He provided the casting director and actors with research for both films and has even scouted out locations in Maryland. He took Maxwell on a Stonewall Jackson tour of Civil War battlefields and historical sites.
Falci has spoken to countless Civil War Round Tables throughout the country and has consistently wowed them. He is the recipient of the CWRT/NY Distinguished Service Award, the Fort A.P. Hill Commander's Award for Excellence and many other awards.
For many years he has been the face of General A.P. Hill, and prior to that was a Civil War re-enactor with the 14th Tennessee Archer's Brigade, Hill's Light Division, and has been immersed in the history of the Civil War even longer.
In addition, Falci has traveled around the country giving presentations to Round Tables, historical organizations and students on various Civil War topics. His school program is called “The Life and Times of the Civil War Soldier.” Patrick travels to Petersburg, Virginia, each year on the anniversary of A.P. Hill's death (April 2) to give a speech and lay a wreath at the site where Hill died.
Join the WNCCWRT for dinner at 5 p.m. at Bogart's in Sylva for dinner with the speaker and members. Social time will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain Heritage Center and the presentation will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
For more information, call Paul Turner at 648-1211.