The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia was established in 1951 with authors Bruce Catton and Virgil Carrington "Pat" Jones among its founding members. Its purpose is to stimulate and expand interest in the military, political and sociological history of the United States and particularly the Civil War. It is also committed to preserving historical sites and landmarks through initiatives such as, among others, its annual Edwin C. Bearss Award. Among its achievements, the Round Table spawned the National Civil War Centennial Commission. 

The Round Table meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September to June at Ft. Myer in Arlington, Virginia.  It caters dinner followed by a presentation by a noted author or scholar on a topic related to the U.S. Civil War.  Recent speakers include: Ed Bearss, Frank Cooling, Noah Andre Trudeau, Fergus Bordewich, Buzz Carnahan, Bud Robertson, Edna Greene Medford, Greg Mertz, Chandra Manning, Frank O'Reilly, Tom Perry, Gary Adelman and Gail Stephens, to name only a few.

All are welcome to attend the dinners and the speaker presentations, including members and non-members (and whether Civil War history buffs or newly interested in studying this conflict).  Reservations are required for dinner and a fee is charged. Or feel free to come only to listen to the speakers' presentations. For more information about our meetings and for directions, click on the "MEETINGS / TOURS" tab above. 

The Round Table also sponsors visits to battlefield sites, tours of museums, and other events.  Recent tours have featured Vicksburg, Chancellorsville, the Lost Avenue, Appomattox, Chickamauga, the Valley Campaign, Antietam, Petersburg, Culp's Hill and Daniel Lady Farm, and many more.

Please click on one of the tabs in the menu bar above to learn about our group and for more information about our dinners, speakers, events, tours, history, and membership. Or contact us at admin@cwrtdc.org with any questions.

Schedule of Meeting Speakers 2018-2019
(Also see our calendar of events by clicking HERE or visit http://cwrtdc-calendar.blogspot.com/)

DATE              SPEAKER              TENTATIVE TOPIC
Sept 11,'18  Thomas Bogar               Backstage at the Assassination
Oct. 9,'18     Paula Whitacre              The Life of Julia Wilbur
Oct. 9,'18     Leslie S. Roland            CW Black Military Experience
Nov. 13,'18  Andrew Zimmerman     CW: A Global Perspective              
Dec 11,'18   Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh West Pointers Go To War      
Jan. 8, 19     Leslie S. Roland            CW Black Military Experience
Feb. 12,'19   Fred Kaplan                   Lincoln & the Abolitionists  
Mar. 12,'19   Kathryn Jacob               Union Memorialization      
Apr. 9,'19     Barton A Myers              NC Unionists or Guerrillas
May 14,'19   John Hennessy              Joseph Hooker    
June 11,'19  Susan Eva O'Donovan  1866 Memphis Race Riot  

Schedule of Meeting Speakers 2017-2018
(Also see our calendar of events by clicking HERE or visit http://cwrtdc-calendar.blogspot.com/)

DATE              SPEAKER              TOPIC
Sept. 12, 2017     Emmanuel Dabney   Petersburg Campaign

Oct. 10, 2017      James Conroy           Hampton Rd Peace Conf.
Nov. 14, 2017      Marc Thompson        Custer 
Dec. 12, 2017      Ed Bearss                  Grierson's Raid
Jan. 9, 2018        Robert O'Harrow        Montgomery Meigs
Feb. 13, 2018      Sidney Blumenthal    Lincoln
Mar. 13, 2018      Jonathan Horn           Lee's Decision
Apr. 10, 2018      Gregg Clemmer         General Ed Johnson
May 8, 2018        Gary Casteel              Life of a CW Sculptor
June 12, 2018    Candice Shy Hooper  Union Generals' Wives


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