The WNCCWRT December Meeting: General U.S. Grant's Last Battle

The Sylva Inn
2807 U.S. Highway 74 East, Sylva
Marcia Woosley
Dec 09, 2013
6:15 PM

The Western Carolina Civil War Round Table meeting, Christmas dinner and program will be Monday, Dec. 9. The group will again meet at the Sylva Inn on U.S. Highway 74 East. The festivities will begin at 6:15 p.m. with snacks and a cash bar. The dinner, catered by Bogart's of Sylva, will begin at 7 p.m. The attire as usual is period dress or Sunday best.

Come and join us for a delicious meal followed by our Christmas speaker. The time is short and we need to have your reservation or your check by noon Friday, Dec. 6. You can send your check (payable to WNCCWRT) for $25/person to Chuck Beemer at 13 Greenview Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786 or to Chris Behre, P.O. Box 3709, Cullowhee, NC 28723. You may also make your reservations by phone and pay at the door.

Chris Mackowski's most recent presentation to WNCCWRT was on the Battle of Chancellorsville. The December presentation by Chris will be "The Last Battle of General Ulysses S. Grant." Grant had served as the general-in-chief of the Union army during the Civil War, a two-term president of the U.S., a beloved ambassador of American goodwill, a respected New York financier and a smoker of 20 cigars per day. When General Grant was dying of throat cancer, he began his race against time to complete his personal memoirs.  This was extremely important for his family as he had been swindled out of everything he and his wife owned by his business partners. After his business partners lost millions, Grant was blamed for incompetence and naive neglect. He refused to surrender and embarked on his final campaign, writing his "Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.” Filled with personal intrigues and supported by a cast of colorful characters, Grant wrote his deeply personal story which was as dramatic as any of his battlefield exploits.

Get your reservations in, dress in your best and join the group for an evening of food and fun at the Sylva Inn.

For more information, call Chris Behre at 293-9314 or Chuck Beemer at 456-4212.