The Round Table meets monthly from September to June at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia or via Zoom. At its in-person/hybrid Zoom meetings, the Round Table 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: Fergus Bordewich, Gary Gallagher, Jon Meacham, Frank Smith, Allen Guelzo, Michael Burlingame, Don Miller, Daud Watts, and Gail Stephens, to name only a few.
Activities To Be Expanded for Virtual Attendees. As a result of the recent pandemic, the Round Table discontinued its in-person meetings and instead hosted its speakers via Zoom. This change allowed attendees from all of the world share with us their passion for the study of Civil War history and enjoy fellowship and camaraderie with other history enthusiasts. Because our Round Table in the past has been comprised primarily of members who live in the DC area, however, we often reported about current and upcoming events and activities occurring locally. Now that we have members joining from outside the DC area, however, we would like to use Zoom technology to offer those attendees an opportunity to share information about Civil War events, sites, artifacts, and stories related to where they live. One idea suggested recently is to have members or historians on site at the Battle of Stones River share with us photographs and other media they have about that battle. Another is to have one of our members located in Missouri give us a virtual walking tour of the bridge that Archer Alexander (of Emancipation Memorial statue fame) reported to Union troops would be sabotaged by the Confederate troops. Conversely, we hope to have members who reside in the DC area give virtual walking tours of locations in the Capital City and nearby battlefields for attendees who are unlikely to visit our area.
If you would like to make a presentation (either in-person or via Zoom) to our Round Table about an event, tour, experience, or story, please click HERE for more information (https://cwrtdc-meetings.blogspot.com/p/make-presentation.html)
Alexandria Wood (education manager, Ford’s Theatre)
Michael Mason (director of the Lincoln Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home)
Brad Gottfried (author of the Maps of Spotsylvania, (and 17 other CW books, including Lee Invades the North, a Comparison of the Antietam and Gettysburg Campaigns; The Story of Point Lookout Prisoner of War Camp)
Col. Douglas Douds, USA (ret.) (U.S. Army War College) -lead up to Gettysburg
Brian Matthew Jordan (professor of history and author several books) -Reconstruction or the “Great What ifs of the Civil War”
Jonathan Nichols (executive director of the Woodman Museum, Dover, NH) - John Parker Hale, Lincoln’s friend and ally
John Banks (author of A Civil War Trip of a Lifetime a-review of the Civil War battlefields as the exist today)
For audio and video recordings of past speaker presentations, clicking HERE or visit http://cwrtdc-audio.blogspot.com/