The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia was founded 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 the Fort Lesley J. McNair Officers' Club in Washington, D.C. (formerly the Washington Arsenal and the execution site for the Lincoln conspirators). We have 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, Fergus Bordewich, Buzz Carnahan, Bud Robertson, Edna Greene Medford, Greg Mertz, Chandra Manning, Frank O'Reilly, Gary Adelman and Gail Stephens, to name only a few.

We welcome members and non-members alike -- whether you are a Civil War history buff or have only recently begun studying this conflict -- to join us for dinner and the speaker presentation. Reservations are required for dinner and a fee is charged. Or you are welcome to skip dinner and only attend the speaker presentation. For more information about our meetings and for directions, click on the "MEETINGS AND SPEAKERS" tab above. 

The Round Table also sponsors visits to battlefield sites, an annual tour, 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, newsletters, events, tours, history, and membership. Or contact us at admin@cwrtdc.org with any questions.

Schedule of Meeting Speakers 2015-2016

DATE              SPEAKER              TENTATIVE TOPIC
Sept. 8, 2015      Dan Paterson             James Longstreet
Oct. 13, 2015      Ed Bearss                   Civil War Generals
Nov. 10, 2015     Harry Bulkeley           Ulysses Grant
Dec. 8, 2015        David O. Stewart       Johnson's Impeachment
Jan. 12, 2016      Chris Godart              Ewell at Gettysburg
Feb. 9, 2016        Micheal Ross             Memory of Reconstruction
Mar. 8, 2016        David G. Moore          William Rosencrans
Apr. 12, 2016     Tim Huntington          George Gordon Meade
May 10, 2016      Lawrence Denton     Unionists in VA
June 14, 2016    Gene Schmiel             Jacob Dolson Cox                                   

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