2/6/2013 6:48:00 PM February 18th, Civil War Roundtable Old School Café in Mantorville 7:00 pm
The kitchen opens at 6:15 for those who wish to eat.
Tom Ostrom will present "The Naval Battle between the USS USS Kearsarge and the CSS Alabama that occurred off the coast of France in 1862.
The naval engagement pitted two experienced captains and experienced crews against each other: Captain John Winslow (USN) and Captain Raphael Semmes (CSN).
The backgrounds of the respective commanding officers, and naval tactics, ordnance and ship technology,will be considered as well as the significance of the battle and international issues.
Tom Ostrom is a retired history-geography-anthropology instructor from Rochester Community and Technical College. He does a political commentary show on KROC-AM Radio in Rochester on Tuesday and Friday mornings with news anchor Andy Brownell.
He has written several books on U.S. Coast Guard and naval history.
The Roundtables are sponsored by the Dodge County Historical Society.