In one 90-minute battle on August 5, 1864, the Union Department of the Navy awarded almost exactly one-third of the Medals of Honor that it would end up awarding over the course of the entire Civil War. This presentation, Heroes Afloat: Federal Medal of Honor Winners at the Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864, will summarize that battle and give the audience a glimpse of its ferocity, its carnage, and the Union naval heroes who ensured its success.
John Mason is a Civil War historian, who unfortunately was forced to work outside the field to support his interest. He retired as a Government Contracting Officer last year and now spends his time researching and writing with an occasional round of golf thrown in for good measure. Born in Fairhope, Alabama, he grew up on Mobile Bay and became steeped in its history from an early age.
John received his Master's Degree in Military History from American Military University in 1999, graduating with honors concentrating in the American Civil War. Since then, he has served for a time as the editor of our own TVCWRT newsletter, and the newsletter for the Blue and Gray Education Society, a national civil war society based out of Danville, Virginia. He has published two articles on the Civil War in the West: "My God, We're Attacked!": The Federal Command Failure at Shiloh, Tennessee, March-April, 1862, and Fort Powell: Mobile Bay's Forgotten Defender, and is currently working with the Naval Institute Press in Baltimore, MD on the publication of his first book: Heroes Afloat: Federal Medal of Honor Winners at the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, from which this presentation is derived. He is working on two other projects: Heroes in Mississippi: Medal of Honor Winners in the Vicksburg Campaign, December 1862-July 1864, and Screening the Delta: Colonel Wirt Adams and the Mississippi Cavalry. John currently lives in Huntsville.
Presented by the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table, this free program will be held Thursday, November 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 725 Franklin St., Huntsville.
A chicken buffet dinner may be had for a fee at 5:30 p.m. For more information, phone 256-539-5287, visit http://www.tvcwrt.org, or visit the group's Facebook page.
All are welcome.