The Starved Rock Civil War Round Table met April 18 at Ottawa High School with 34 in attendance. Scott Buennemeyer presented a program on Union General Winfield Scott. Referred to as “Old Fuss and Feathers,” Scott had served for two decades as General-In-Chief. However, he now weighed 300 pounds, suffered from gout and vertigo and could no longer ride a horse. Still, his “Anaconda Plan” for defeating the South by controlling the Mississippi and blockading Southern ports was a major factor in the Union victory. He resigned in November 1861 and died in 1866. He is buried at West Point, N.Y.
Jim Brusatte, Debbie Snook, Paul DePaoli, Dave Mathis, Howard McLachlan, Rob Mellen, Mary Walsh and Bob Maddox won Civil War book door prizes.
The next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at OHS. Anyone interested in the Civil War is welcome.