Bearss Birthday Bash Time Has Arrived!
Please join in on the celebration of Ed Bearss’ 95th birthday!

Date: Friday, June 29, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm (for cocktails/social hour) to approx. 9:00 pm. Dinner served approx. 6:30-6:45 pm. Dress is Work Attire
Place: Arlington Hilton, 950 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA (located at Ballston Metro)

How to RSVP: By completing the form attached HERE (or available at ( and returning it to the Bearss Brigade, c/o Wendy Swanson, 6200 Wilson Blvd., #906, Falls Church, VA 22044. Questions: Contact Wendy at 703/536-5464 (h) or 571/296-1498 (cell or text) or at
RSVP Drop Dead Dinner Deadline: Saturday, June 23 (If received by mail); or for late entries by Sunday, June 24 via phone call/email only.  No cancellations after June 24.

This Year’s Gift: Honoring Appomattox Courthouse
This year Ed has chosen a National Park Service site – Appomattox Courthouse – to be the recipient of his birthday gift. He was impressed with the commemorative activities presented at this location as well as the site’s efforts with Longwood University to present an annual Civil War symposium early each year. The staff plans to use any funds received for interpretive signage at the Wright House and, any additional monies left over, toward exhibits.

For those wishing to make a donation to honor Ed on his special day, checks should be payable to the National Park Service with annotation on the check to show that funds are designated for Appomattox Courthouse.
The Board of the CWRTDC has voted to continued its tradition of donating $1,000 to Ed's selection.  President Kurt Desoto, and Immediate Past President Stan Schneider and other Past Presidents will be in attendance to present the donation.

This year’s party menu offers three dinner choices:

             -- Florentine Chicken (Chicken Breast stuffed with spinach, goat cheese & mushroom sauce)
             -- Steak Marchand de Vin (Sirloin Steak with red wine garlic butter sauce)
             -- Chef’s Vegetarian Specialty

(Note: Please let Wendy know if you have any dietary concerns/special needs or questions about the menu.)

Party Price: $72
Price includes dinner with salad and other meal accompaniments including coffee and iced tea, birthday cake, annual birthday button; good company and, as always, Ed. Who could ask for anything more? There will be a cash bar for those emulating certain Civil War Generals and, more importantly, so that all can toast Ed.

And a note about parking: Ballston Mall is currently being renovated. Parking is still available at the ramp associated with the Mall. However, the pedestrian bridge connecting the Mall to the buildings across Wilson (and extending to the Hilton) is closed. Therefore, those using this parking option will need to travel via sidewalk to get to the Hilton. Please contact Wendy if you need information about directions or other parking options.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 29th!

P.S.  Please feel free to share this invitation with others who have toured with Ed over the years and may be interested in this event.  All are invited.  Ed enjoys the reunion of his friends and fellow Civil War buffs on his special day.


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 with any questions.

Schedule of Meeting Speakers 2018-2019
(Also see our calendar of events by clicking HERE or visit

DATE              SPEAKER              TENTATIVE TOPIC
Sept. 11,'18 Thomas Bogar              Backstage at the Assassination
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     Paula Whitacre              The Life of Julia Wilbur 
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

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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