The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia was established in 1951 with Bruce Catton and Virgil Carrington "Pat" Jones among its founding members. Its purpose is to stimulate and expand interest in the military, political, diplomatic, economic, and socio-cultural 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 Fort 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 Speakers/Tours 2021-2022

Meetings in Red = At Fort Myer (if open)
Meetings in Black = Via Zoom
Non-Meeting Tours/Events in Blue

DATE          SPEAKER                TENTATIVE TOPIC
Sept 14, 21   John Ciccone           CW Weapons
Sept 28, 21   D. Keeven-Franke     Archer Alexander
Oct. 3, 21     John Ciccone            Trip to N-SSA Event
Oct. 12, 21   Jim Anderson            Battle of Ball's Bluff
Oct. 23, 21   Jim Anderson           Tour of Ball's Bluff
Oct. 26, 21   Lorien Foote             Rites of Retaliation
Nov. 9, 21    Gregg Clemmer         The CW Still Lives
Nov. 13, 21   Marty Johnson         Tour of NMUSA
Dec. 14, 21   Maurice Jackson      Benezet Abolitionism
Jan. 11, 22   DeAnne Blanton       Women Soldiers
Jan. 25, 22   Megan Kate Nelson  3-Cornered War
Feb. 7/8, 22  Guelzo/Burlingame   Meeting w/LGDC
Feb. 22, 22   Fay Yarbrough          Choctaw Confederates 
Mar. 8, 22     Mick Bedard              CW Naval Medicine
Mar. 22, 22   Frank Scaturro          Recontructing Grant 
Apr. 12, 22   Bill Binzel                  Lincoln Conspirators
Apr. 23, 22   Bill Binzel                  Booth's Escape Tour
Apr. 26, 22   Paul Severance         Conspirtors' Trial 
May 10, 22   Carol Shively            Hispanics in the CW
May 24, 22   Bryce Stenzel            Minnesota & the CW 
June 14, 22  Irving Moy                 Joseph Pierce
June 28, 22  Carl Adams               Nance/Battle-Crater 

With so many Civil War Round Tables and related organizations (including our own) conducting virtual rather than physical meetings because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia (with the help of its member Steve Jaren) has identified a number of sites that contain a variety of Civil War history-related lectures and other resources available online that may be of interest.  For more information, click on the tab above labelled "Resources" and scroll down to Steve Jaren's post or click HERE.  Stay well and safe! 

Schedule of Meeting Speakers 2020-2021

Sept 8, 20     Jon Willen            Civil War Medicine
Sept 29, 20   Henry Rivera        Davis's NM Campaign
Oct. 13, 20   Ted Savas             CW Book Publishing
Oct. 27, 20   Marvin Jones        USCTs
Nov. 10, 20   Donald Miller        Vicksburg
Nov. 24, 20   Robert Plumb       Better Angels
Dec. 8, 20     Gary Carlberg      General Meade 
Jan. 12, 21   Jan Croon             War Outside My Window
Jan. 26, 21   Dwight Hughes     Monitor at Hampton Rds
Feb. 9, 21     M. Burlingame      Lincoln & Colonization
Feb. 23, 21   Buzz Carnahan     Lincoln & Clemency 
Mar. 9, 21     Steve Phan           DC's CW Forts  
Apr. 13, 21   Gail Stephens       Lincoln Conspirators
Apr. 27, 21   Sam Hood             Confederated Post-CW 
May 11, 21   Gene Schmiel       CW Trailblazers
May 25, 21   Carl Guarneri        Lincoln's Informer  
June 8, 21    John Matteson     Fredericksburg
June 22, 21  Ty Seidule             Robert E. Lee
For a list of previous speakers, click HERE 

For audio and video recordings of past speaker presentations, clicking HERE or visit http://cwrtdc-audio.blogspot.com/
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