FEBRUARY 15, 2017
SPEAKER: Col (Retired) Rick Eiserman
Rick Eiserman is a long-time Civil War buff and collector with a special interest in the history of Hood’s Texas Brigade. During a 20-year U.S. Army career, Lieutenant Colonel Eiserman served as a military historian/instructor at both the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College, as well as holding various air defense command and staff assignments in Europe, Korea and the U.S. He has led a number of battlefield tours and staff rides, presented to numerous Round Tables and seminars, and written articles for a variety of publications, including his “We Have Had a Picture Taken”, and an article co-authored with Dr. Susannah Ural, “The Winter that Made the Texas Brigade”, both of which appeared in the August, 2011 Civil War Times. He is currently the historian for the Hood’s Texas Brigade Association, Reactivated (HTBAR) and is editing the manuscript of PVT Joe Joskins, for publication.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching degree with a major in history from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Education degree from the University of Texas, and a Military Master’s of Arts and Science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
TOPIC: Will the Real Joe Joskins Please Stand Up”: 5th Rgmt Hood’s Texas Brigrade
Have you ever been quietly reading one of your Civil War books or magazines when suddenly a person’s name or a place or an event caught your eye? Questions came to mind and for some reason, you wanted—you needed—to know a little more. Whether that search for more information takes just a few minutes or many months, the excitement, as well as the frustrations, can take you down many roads. And once you start, you never know how long that road is, or how many twists and turns are along the way.
PVT Joe Joskins, Co. A, 5th Texas Infantry, left behind a rich and insightful account of his Civil War experiences. Wounded six times in the battles between Gaines’ Mill and Darbytown Road, he is frequently quoted in a number of well-known secondary books. But who was Joe Joskins? A simple desire to learn more about the soldier behind that account began such a search, and an on-going trip down that long road.