Presentation on Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief at CSM

In addition to serving as the College of Southern Maryland’s fourth president

The Southern Maryland Civil War Roundtable (SMCWR) will feature a presentation by College of Southern Maryland President Dr. Brad Gottfried on Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief for its February meeting. The presentation will be at 7 p.m., Feb. 12 at CSM’s Center for Business and Industry (BI), Chaney Enterprises Conference Room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata.

As president, Lincoln took an active role in directing the war effort. In this presentation, Gottfried, who is president of the SMCWR, will cover a variety of topics, including Lincoln’s approach as commander-in-chief, his successes and failures and how his personality helped to win the war for the Union.

In addition to serving as CSM’s fourth president, Gottfried is a noted Civil War historian, having written nine books about the Civil War. To view a video of Gottfried talking about his experiences writing his latest book, “The Maps of Antietam: An Atlas of the Antietam (Sharpsburg) Campaign, including the Battle of South Mountain, September 2 – 20, 1862,” visit

The Southern Maryland Civil War Roundtable hosts monthly meetings, the second Tuesday of every month from September through May. Meetings are free and open to the public, but membership to the roundtable is highly encouraged. Annual membership is $30. For information, contact Gottfried at or 301-934-7625.