The mission of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City is to promote historical, educational, literary, and preservation activities related to the Civil War.

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Member Spotlight

We are saddened to find out that Orvis Fitts, Past President of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City, passed away on June 18, 2015.

His son-in-law, Nicholas Schmitz, has notified us that a memorial service will be held at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church at 9300 Nall, Overland Park, KS, at 1 pm on June 27, 2015.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Mystery Photo

This month’s mystery photo requires the answer to multiple questions.

  • This vessel was commissioned with what name?
    • USS Cairo
  • Who designed this ship?
    • Samuel Pook
  • What was the nickname for this ship?
    • Pook turtle
  • Who built this ship?
    • James B. Eads
  • Where was this ship’s final resting place?
    • Vicksburg National Military Park

Mystery Photo Archive

Next Meeting

“The Grand Review of the Armies”

Dr. Terry BeckenbaughOur speaker will be Dr. Terry L. Beckenbaugh, associate professor with the Department of Military History at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

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June 23 Meeting

Arnold Schofield spoke about the Battle of Palmito Ranch.

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Civil War Site Photos

We are introducing a new feature to the website! Dave Pattison recently visited Galena, Illinois and brought back these photographs from that historic town.

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Saturdays at the Museum: a Civil War Lecture Series

When: June 27, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Where: Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum, 6601 Swope Parkway, Kansas City, MO

We are pleased to have documentary filmmaker Gary Jenkins his film, Negroes To Hire.

This film tells the intriguing story of life on slaveholding antebellum farms in Missouri. The WPA Slave Narratives provide compelling firsthand accounts of the day-to-day existence of those held in bondage. Along with insightful commentary by noted historians, authors and educators, this unique documentary sheds new light on a controversial and troubling subject. Not just history, but a shared heritage between African-Americans and European-Americans. A better understanding of this relationship allows us to see our shared humanity, and not fear our differences.

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Civil War Round Table of Kansas City
P.O. Box 6202
Shawnee Mission, KS 66206

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