The South Mountain Struggle recount at WNC Civil War Round Table

Mountain Heritage Center Auditorium
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee
Marcia Woosley
Nov 11, 2013
7:00 PM

The Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table speaker will be Rex Hovey Monday, Nov. 11. The regimental historian of the 13th N.C., Co. B., Hovey will recount how North Carolinians under D.H. Hill blunted the momentum of advantage of McClellan’s strategic windfall from the loss of Special Orders No. 191 at Foxes Gap during the South Mountain struggle. Furthermore, he will also update the Round Table of the North Carolina monument at the South Mountain battlefield whose establishment and erection was funded, in part, by WNCCWRT philanthropy in 2001-02.

Hovey, a retired fire captain, has been reenacting since 1986, first with the 30th N.C. and most recently, the 13th N.C. He is a member of the Museum of the Confederacy, National Civil War Medical Museum in Frederick, MD, Gettysburg Foundation and the Civil War Trust. His presentation will employ multimedia.

Please note a change of venue as the meeting will take place in the auditorium of the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University as the Jackson County Criminal Center will be closed for Veteran’s Day.

Hovey was born in Detroit, Michigan and was the product of a “mixed” marriage — a Michigander father and an Alabamian mother. He returned to the South and to North Carolina as a youth and remembers watching the 1963 Walt Disney production of “Johnny Shiloh.” The story was loosely based on Johnny Clem, the drummer boy of Shiloh legend, sparking Hovey’s interest in the Civil War. With relatives serving on both sides of the Civil War, he has based a presentation on an uncle, Maj. Bleeker Hovey, who served as surgeon for a New York regiment. Annually Rex will recreate his uncle's role in a presentation at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond.  Rex Hovey recalled how Hovey, the elder, who also served as correspondent for his hometown newspaper in Danville, New York, called into question of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and employing it as an objective of the war.

The WNCCWRT will meet at the WCU Mountain Center at 7 p.m. for Hovey's presentation. As usual, you may join us for dinner and meet the speaker at 5 p.m. at Bogart's in Sylva.