Explore that ‘other war’ with the Cape Fear Revolutionary War Round Table

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SOUTHPORT — There is no shortage of clubs and tours for the War Between the States, but what about that “other war,” The American Revolutionary War. Three colonial houses are preserved in Wilmington and the first Revolutionary War engagement in the area was fought at nearby Moores Creek National Battlefield, just 20 miles away from the city.

The Founding Fathers were not located exclusively in the northern part of our young country; they were also to be found locally. Their stories are varied and fascinating; the Round Table explores those patriots and battles.

Renowned UNCW Dept. of History Associate Professor, and President of the CFRWRT Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. (Photo courtesy of Linda Lashley)

Since 2007, a varied group of men and women under the name of the Cape Fear Revolutionary War Round Table has been meeting regularly to explore the colonial era with professional and amateur historians. Invited speakers present programs to the group, which enriches understanding of the quest for freedom, with emphasis on the conflict in southeastern North Carolina.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., the group will gather at the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. Renowned UNCW Department of History Associate Professor, author and historian Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., president, will welcome speaker Mike Powell, who will present a PowerPoint program on “Birth of the Continental Navy.”

It had very humble beginnings, but was expanded in 1775 following contentious arguments in Congress. Ultimately, the newly organized navy seized enemy supplies, carried correspondence and diplomats to Europe, brought in munitions and seized 200 British vessels.

Members meet six times a year (February, April, June, August, October and December), alternating between Southport and Wilmington, with two field trips scheduled yearly. In the past, these outings have visited areas normally off limits to the public, such as the Rose Hill site and Clarendon, colonial rice plantations.

A 50/50 raffle and refreshments are now a feature of the regular meetings, and the year culminates with a formal dinner and program. A  newsletter is sent to the membership, quarterly. Pictures of past events may be viewed on Facebook.

End of Year Dinner featuring Dr. Bruce Venter interpreting British army officer Gen. John “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne. (Photo courtesy of Linda Lashley)

Guests are always welcome to the general meetings for a $5 charge, which may be applied to the $25 individual membership dues, or toward the $50 dues for an entire family. Students may join for only $15. The goal of the group is education and the public is invited to attend.

For questions, please contact Chapter Editor and Historian Linda Lashley, LKL8@bellsouth.net or 910-395-0012.

-Content provided by Linda Lashley, Editor and Historian, Cape Fear Revolutionary War Round Table

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