Guest Civil War lecturer will speak Saturday on Confederate Congress

  • Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013 12:29 a.m.

SALISBURY — Mark Sattler, history professor at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, will speak on the Confederate Congress at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Stanback Auditorium of the Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy as part of its sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War.

Sattler is a native of Florida, a former newspaper journalist, and a honor graduate of Colorado State University and the University of Connecticut.

In Salisbury he will discuss the formation, challenges and performance of the Confederate Congress. He will talk about how its inception brought about the creation of the Confederacy, why it chose its first and second capitals, the primary issues that it faced, and the major personalities involved.

North Carolina was represented by nine members in the initial Provincial Confederate Congress and by two senators and 10 representatives in both the First and Second Confederate Congress.

Frances Burton Craige of Rowan County was a delegate in 1861 to the state Secession Convention in Raleigh, where he authored the Ordnance of Secession. He had previously served four terms in the U.S. Congress and was selected by the Secession Convention as a Provincial Confederate Congress delegate.

Craige chose not to run for election to the First Confederate Congress, but one of the individuals elected from North Carolina as a representative was William Lander. Lander immigrated to the United States with his family from Ireland in 1818, and they settled first in Salisbury before moving to Lincoln County around 1826.

James Graham Ramsay, a medical doctor in Rowan County, defeated William Lander in the 1863 election for his seat in the Second Confederate Congress.

For additional information on Saturday’s event or the UDC, contact Hoke Chapter President Sue Curtis at 704-637-6411, or

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