The Rebel Mountain Story Teller
 
Mark K.  Vogl
 
Does your camp – organization  need a story teller?
 
Mark Vogl is a graduate of THE CITADEL, former Army combat arms officer, college professor, political aide, and author.  His wife Barbara is a native Texan, a retired Lt. Col., U.S. Army, and grand mother of ten!
 
Mark’s first book, “Military Lessons of the Civil War,” was published in the spring of 2007 and received the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold medal from the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  His second book, published early in 2008, “The Rebel Mountain Reader,” is a book which includes many of the presentations listed below, and more.  
 
Mark is the great great grandson of Private David Parks Walter, 33rd North Carolina Volunteers, part of the famed Lane’s brigade, Stonewall Jackson’s Corps, Army of Northern Virginia!  Mark has been a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans since 1994, and was awarded the Texas Division Confederate of the Year Award in 2009. Mark presently serves as the 2nd Lt. Commander of the Texas Division.
 
Mark has given presentations in thirteen states to scores of groups interested in the history of the South.  He can make presentations as a Confederate Infantry Captain serving in a North Carolina regiment, or as a southern statesman / civilian, or in jacket and tie.  Mark has developed a number of formal presentations but would be open to developing one especially for your organization given sufficient time.  You can chose from the presentations listed below or, given sufficient time he could craft a story just for your group.
 
Available presentations include:
 
The life of Dick O’Dowling  Major Dick Dowling, CSA, (born O’Dowling in Tuam, Ireland) commanded the 48 Texans who successful fought off 5,000 Yankees at Sabine Pass.  This presentation is done in the first person… let Dick O’ Dowling tell ya’ bout his life.  
 
A View from Seminary Ridge  A formal presentation which discusses the reasons for General Lee’s decision to conduct Pickett’s Charge on the third day at Gettysburg.  This presentation features a large full color, three dimensional replica of the Gettysburg battlefield.
 
Dixie’s Greatest Secret  Supported by overhead projector and slides, this presentation focus on the size, scope, and success of the Confederate Navy.
 
“I will pay that sum”  Robert E. Lee, a bi-centennial presentation of the man and the Christian.    This presentation is based on the written words of R.E. Lee himself, his youngest son, Captain Robert E. Lee, C.S.A., and his nephew, General Fitzhugh Lee, C.S.A.  It is intended to introduce the real Marse Robert, the man.
 
The Red River Campaign, 1864 This presentation discusses why the campaign was conducted, and the general outline of the campaign.  Strategic aspects of the campaign are the central parts of this talk.
 
Texas and the War for Southern Independence  Discusses ten different aspects of the War as it relates to Texas.  Usually given to school children.
 
Jefferson Davis, American Patriot, American President  A look at Jeff Davis, and some startling facts you may not know about the South’s wartime leader.
 
Confederate Christmas  This presentation focuses on Christmas in the Confederacy during the years 1860 thru 1865.
 
Christmas in the Confederate White House  Taken from Varina Davis’ story published in The New York World newspaper in the 1896.
 
Democracy, Southern Style  The Confederate Constitution is significantly different from the Federal Constitution and anticipated many modern day issues.