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Lee Civil War Roundtable meeting planned May 20

May 15, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Interested members of the public are invited to attend the next meeting of the Lee County Civil War Roundtable to be held May 20 at the Cape Coral-Lee County Library beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Longtime Roundtable member Charles Hostetler will present a program on cotton in the American Civil War. This will be a fascinating presentation on the impact of cotton both in the South and its importance to the North. What will be especially interesting is the relationship New York City had with southern states as the result of the importance of the cotton trade to the city.

Hostetler has done much research on the subject and is well positioned to talk on the subject of cotton as during his youth living on the family farm in southern Missouri, he spent many hours picking cotton himself, so he knows firsthand just what was involved with doing so.

The Lee County Civil War Roundtable is an organization dedicated to the continued study and discussion of the American Civil War. It also promotes education to the public about the War as a means of developing understanding by the public of the War and why it was fought.

Serious students of the American Civil War are invted to join the group, regardless of whether they are a "Yankee" or a "Rebel" or "independent." Meetings cover subject areas concerning both sides of the War and of the population at large in both the North and the South.

Membership dues are $15 per year for an individual or $25 per year for a couples family membership. The group meets on the third Monday evening of the month from October thru June and also hosts special speaker luncheons.

For more information, contact Lee County Civil War Roundtable President Richard Macomber at



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