Monday, November 15, 2010

Civil War Roundtable

I want to take a little time to promote the Civil War Round Table which meets at the Fitzpatrick the 4th Monday of every month and is open to the public.  Washington played a very important role in Civil War history and the Round Table seeks to promote discussion and study of this important time in American history.

The next meeting will be held next Monday, November 22, at 6:00pm.  The event includes dinner and this month's speaker will be Mr. David Rutledge of Greenville, South Carolina.  Mr. Rutledge will be discussing "The Life and Times of Gen. David F. Jamison (CSA)" (additional information below).  Mr. Rutledge is a direct descendent of Gen. Jamison and has wealth of knowledge about his ancestor as well as a number of Gen. Jamison's personal items that will be on display. 

The cost of the meeting is $10.00 and reservations can be made by contacting Claibourne Darden, Round Table President by e-mail at or by calling (404)210-5811 and leaving a message. After 12:00 p.m. Friday, make reservations ONLY by calling (404) 210-5811 and leaving a message.

Below is some additional information about Gen. Jamison.  I highly encourage you to consider attending this dynamic presentaion. 

The Life & Times of Gen. David F. Jamison (CSA)Mr. David Rutledge of Greenville, SC will present “The Life and Times of Gen. David F. Jamison (CSA)” at the Washington Civil War Round Table meeting on Monday evening.
The South Carolina Secession Convention was originally scheduled to be held on December 17, 1860 in Columbia, South Carolina. But due to an outbreak of smallpox in Columbia, it was moved to Charleston and rescheduled for December 19. David Jamison, a gentleman-scholar who had a 2,000 acre, 70-slave plantation was a General in the South Carolina Militia and was named President of the Convention. Gen. Jameson had been one of the three founders of The Citadel, South Carolina’s military academy.

Gen. David Jamison (CSA)
President of the S. Carolina Secession Convention

On December 19, 1860, President Jamison called the Secession Convention to order in St. Andrews Hall in Charleston, using a gavel inscribed with the word “Secession”. In attendance, in addition to the South Carolina delegates, was the Governor of Florida, official representatives from the states of Alabama and Mississippi, four former U.S. Senators and a former U.S Attorney General. President Jamison read a telegram to the Convention from the Governor of Alabama that urged them “to brook (make) no delay.”
On the second day of the Convention, the Committee to Prepare an Ordinance of Secession had read aloud the following:
We, the people of the State of South Carolina, in convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained….that the union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of the "United States of America," is hereby dissolved.

At 1:15 p.m., December 20, 1860, the delegates voted 169-0 to adopt the ordinance as read. That evening at 7:00 p.m., a public sighing ceremony took place in Institute Hall. When completed, President Jamison held up the signed document and stated, “I proclaim the State of South Carolina an independent commonwealth. “ The deed had been cast. It’s a fascinating story of the very beginning of the Confederacy.
Mr. Rutledge is a direct descendant of Gen. David Jamison. He will bring a number of family portraits and items owned by Gen. Jamison and display them during his presentation. Mr. Rutledge makes a splendid presentation about his ancestor and this is one you don’t want to miss.


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