May 2020 Newsletter


This Month’s Meeting:






Our host, Legacy Estates, has cancelled meetings such as ours, and the President and Governor have asked that gatherings include no more than ten persons


May 27, 2020

Program:  CSA’s #1 General:  A Look at Gen. Samuel Cooper

Presented by Ken Hessel


Upcoming Meetings

(Get all these on your calendar!)

All programs to be announced


Next Meeting:

September 23, 2020


Note that meeting dates and places could change as special events may be scheduled (e.g., we probably would not stage a ‘cannon shoot’ on a Wednesday evening at Legacy Estates).






2020-2021 dues will be due in September.  This year, thirty-five members paid their 2019-2020 dues, with four family memberships, and two new members for a total of $555.00.00 collected. 




Good News – Bad News – Good News: 


Good news:  LB 850 was introduced in the Legislature on the first day of this Session.  If passed, it should be the required “state request” for a monument to the First Nebraska at the Fort Donelson Battlefield.  The bill was heard by the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on January 30.  The bill was voted out of the committee unanimously and was mad a priority bill by Speaker Scheer.  It received unanimous 36-0 first round approval on March 5, 2020.  It was placed on Select File on March 9, 2020.


Bad news:  Due to COVID-19, the Nebraska Legislature has adjourned until it is reconvened.


Good news:  Speaker Scheer has just announced that the session will resume July 20, 2020, to “work on state budget changes, priority bills and property tax cuts.”  Speaker Scheer made LB 850 one of his “priority bills” so there is hope that the bill may still pass this year!




As noted last month, there is a wealth of Civil War information on the internet.  There are a ton of excellent talks on YouTube.  The Civil War Round Table Congress has announced Zoom lectures that can be “attended” and here is information on some of those lectures:


Self-Liberation or Survival?  By David Dixon May 21


The War Outside My Window by Janet E. Croon May 25


There is also a wealth of information, including virtual battlefield tours, on the website of what used to be the Civil War Trust, which is now the American Battlefield Trust and here is a link to its site:


American Battlefield Trust


And here is a link to the “Learn” section of that website:


American Battlefield Trust/Learn


Hopefully these links will help you “fan the flame” of your Civil War interest.  Be safe, and we hope to reconvene in September!