01/04/2014 - President's Report - Spring 2014

By Greg Bayne


From 'Crossfire', Spring 2014


What a great start to the year we have had! It was really interesting to hear Steve Foulston talk about Civil War Florida. It is certainly an overlooked area that needs more attention. Afterwards two more of our “newer” members came to me and offered to do lectures in the future. It is gratifying to know that our future is in safe hands.



This issue should (if the editor gets his act together) coincide with the April Conference. A new venue for us but the same trusted format. A tremendous amount of work goes into the annual conference and this year was no exception. Thanks to all the RT backroom staff and of course thanks to the members who are attending.


In this issue we are announcing our Essay Competition for UK University students.We have talked about this for a number of years and David Kilpatrick and Jeremy Mindell have put the scheme together for us. There are three cash prizes and we hope that it will attract some interest and more importantly, some new members. It will very much be a work in progress for this year but at least we have made a start.


Watch out for the May date change. UK professor and writer David Gleeson, who I met a few years ago, has agreed to talk to us about the Irish and the ACW. The date has changed to May 31st.