Douglas Waller speaker

CIVIL WAR- Douglas Waller will speak at a presentation for NC Western Civil War Roundtable March 9 at The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa, starting at 5 p.m.

The Western NC Civil War Roundtable is hosting a presentation with guest speaker Douglas Waller at 5 p.m. March 9 at The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa. Waller will be speaking on Abraham Lincoln’s Spies.

Waller will tell the story of the dangerous espionage and covert operations during the Civil War. He will feature four important Union agents and spy ring leaders: Allan Pinkerton, Lafayette Baker, George Sharpe and Elizabeth Van Lew. Behind these secret agents was Abraham Lincoln, who became an avid consumer of intelligence and a ruthless aficionado of covert action. The phone tapping, human collection and aerial snooping seen today can be traced back to the Civil War.

Waller holds a B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, as well as an M.A. in Urban Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a former correspondent for Newsweek and TIME, where he covered the CIA, Pentagon, State Department, White House, and Congress. Waller is the author of several bestselling books, with the release of his latest book, Lincoln’s Spies: Their Secret War to Save the Nation.

The Civil War Roundtable’s schedule will continue on Tuesday, April 14, with Dr. Judkin Browning who will focus on the impact of the war on the Northern and Southern home front. Michael Hardy returns on Monday, May 11 to discuss Stuart’s Tar Heels. Thomas Thibeault will speak about Robert Smalls on Monday, June 8.

The evening's agenda begins at 5 p.m. with a meet and greet dinner at the Tap Room within The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa. Dinner will be followed with a social at 6:30 p.m. The meeting and free presentation will commence at 7 p.m. in the Mountaineer room on the second floor of The Waynesville Inn. More information can be found at

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