The Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table (TVCWRT) is a relatively large Civil War Round Table serving Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley of northern Alabama. It was founded in 1993 as a non-profit organization to provide a forum for non-partisan study, education, and discussions concerning the American Civil War; to support the preservation of Civil War battlefields, structures, and artifacts; and related activities.
We meet the second Thursday of every month (except for December). During the Civil War Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) commemorations, we also hosted an annual, family-oriented social event that featured Civil War cultural and social perspectives, many attendees in period garb, period music. Attendance at each of these substantially exceeded 100.
Any understanding of this nation must be based — and I mean really BASED — on the Civil War. I believe that ﬁrmly. It deﬁned us. The Revolution did what it did, our involvement in European wars, beginning with the First World War, did what it did, but the Civil War deﬁned us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became — good and bad things. And it is very necessary if you are going to understand the character of the twent[y-first] century to learn about this enormous catastrophe in the mid-nineteenth century. It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a helluva crossroads. — Shelby Foote, “The Civil War”, PBS
Our Board of Directors
John Mason – TVCWRT President
John Mason was, for most of his adult life, a contracting specialist with the U.S. Government. Now happily retired, he spends his time in Huntsville, Alabama studying the American Civil War, particularly as it relates to the state of Alabama. He enjoys researching the historical niche of the Medal of Honor, and is currently working on a companion work to his first book, Heroes Afloat: Federal Medal of Honor Winners at the Battle of Mobile Bay, centered on the Vicksburg campaign. His second and third books, Interviewed to Death and Sandstorm are his first attempts at serious fiction. He is also working on several other manuscripts in what is fast becoming a second job. When not researching and writing, he likes to spend time reading, computer gaming, walking, and playing a really bad game of golf. John has lived in Huntsville since 1987 with his two sons, Derek and Jared.
Emil L. Posey, Vice President
Emil Posey retired from NASA/George C. Marshall Space Flight Center on December 27, 2013. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland; is a former president of the Huntsville chapter of the National Contract Management Association, and is a life member of the Special Forces Association. His work history spans almost 45 years of military and civilian service to our country. He is a member of Elks Lodge 1648 (Huntsville, Alabama) and the Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society. He is a dedicated bibliophile, and is a (very) armchair political analyst and military enthusiast.
David Lady, Secretary
David Lady is a native of Washington, D. C., and grew-up in northern Virginia during the Civil War Centennial. David’s branch of the Lady family lived in eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia during the Civil War, and ancestors fought on both sides during the war. His interest in the era began as a child, thanks in part to visits to Gettysburg and Virginia’s battlefields, and partly due to his reading Bruce Catton’s “A Stillness at Appomattox,’ and Fletcher Pratt’s “Ordeal by Fire.’
David graduated from Wittenberg University, in Springfield OH, with a degree in History. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1974, and during his thirty-three year military career served as an Armor and Cavalry soldier and later as the Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of the U. S. Army Armor Center, the U. S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, and the U. S. Army Europe.
David and wife Ellen live in Huntsville, where he is employed on Redstone Arsenal. He has contributed articles in the Huntsville Historical Review as well as Army Professional Journals, and has contributed articles to two TVCWRT publications. He has led groups of soldiers and civilians on battlefield tours and military ‘staff rides’ of Gettysburg, Fort Donelson, and Chickamauga. He is currently serving as Secretary, Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table, and as Secretary/Facilitator for the Little Round Table Discussion Group.
Ricardo Jaramillo, Treasurer
Ricardo Jaramillo, aka, Ric, Rick, RJ, or Buelo, comes from a family of eleven siblings and parents Ofelia and Manuel Jaramillo. Raised in Oklahoma, the Red River was a common swimming and fishing place while growing up. Ricardo is the father of 3 daughters and one son and grandfather of 2 grand-sons and 3 grand-daughters. He is a member of Madison United Methodist Church and volunteers for CASA of Madison County as a lead wheelchair ramp builder. He is a member of the National Rifle Association and is a gun enthusiast. As a member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America since 2009, Ricardo regularly attends LCSNA national conferences.
Ricardo served in the Marine Corps for 23 years and retired as a Master Sergeant after working with the HAWK surface-to-air missile system. Ricardo is employed by Dynetics, Inc., and works as a contractor for the Army as an unmanned aircraft system Senior Test Engineer.
Ricardo joined the TVCWRT member in 2009 and became the Treasurer in 2014. The focus of his history studies includes Marine Corps history and civil war history. Civil war history study is focused on the Atlanta Campaign and President Abraham Lincoln.
Kent Wright, Programs Director
Kent Wright is a veteran of the nuclear navy (1966-1972) and a mechanical engineering graduate of Iowa State University (1978). He has been a member of the TVCWRT since 1993, joining shortly after the round table was founded. He took on the position of Programs Officer and Field Trip Coordinator in 2007, a role in which he has since been active. A Nebraskan with a life-long non-partisan interest in America’s war, he combines his love of history with naval steam technology to focus on broader naval topics. He has, through years of research, uncovered many startling and significant facts which are largely ignored by Civil War historians. Along the way, Kent has authored several narratives and spoken to interest groups on Civil War naval topics. He has compiled a book-length manuscript covering Civil War naval history which includes the conflicting interests of Great Britain. Kent met his wife Elizabeth in Vicksburg, MS where she taught music and was active in community theatre. They moved to Huntsville in 1986 which they now call home.
Bob Hennessee, Preservation
Bob Hennessee became interested in the Civil War when his family moved to the Richmond, VA area when he was six. They visited local battlefields and the Confederate White House. Later, they moved to Maryland and visited the Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields. As an adult, Bob lived in Charleston, SC where he visited Ft. Sumter. Later, he moved to Washington, DC area where he visited Bull Run, Chancellorsville and other Civil War sites. During that time, he joined the Stuart-Mosby Society. He is particularly knowledgeable about Stonewall Jackson, Mosby and Stuart. Bob joined the TVCWRT in 2014.
He recently retired from the Army Corps of Engineers and operates an energy consulting business, Hennessee Associates.
Arley McCormick, Newsletter
Arley McCormick is originally from North Missouri. He has a Master’s Degree from George Washington University, Washington D.C. in Public Administration and he is a former soldier and consultant. His articles have appeared in the U.S. Army Military Review published at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Old Tennessee Valley Magazine and Mercantile Advertiser and he contributed to the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table’s first book “13 Wore Gray and the Rest Blue”. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table, the Board of Directors of the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society as the Huntsville The Early Works Board of Directors, and is a member of the Huntsville-Madison County Alabama Bicentennial Committee. He and his wife, Lynda, a native of New Hope, Alabama, live in the Huntsville, Alabama area.
Edwin Kennedy, Communication Officer
Kevin Rodriguez, Membership Officer
Jodi Stephens, Special Events Officer
Wendy Jones, WebMaster