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Civil War Round Table of Kansas City
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.

Proposed Slate of Officers for 2022

The Round Table's Executive Committee met on Saturday, October 2nd. One of the items on the agenda was to determine the list of officers for next year that will be presented to members of the Round Table at the dinner meeting on October 26th. The following slate of officers will be presented:
•    President: Father Dave Holloway.
•    First Vice President: Gary Nevius.
•    Second Vice-President: Dick Titterington.
•    Treasurer: Susan Keipp.
•    Assistant Treasurer: Marlene Natoli.
•    Secretary: Judy Smith
•    Director of Preservation: Arnold Schofield.
Additional nominations from the floor will be solicited at the October dinner meeting. Members attending the November meeting will vote on the proposed slate of officers for 2022.

Civil War Book Donations Requested

Arnold Schofield has requested that Round Table members donate any of their Civil War books at the dinner meetings in October and November. Arnold requests that members donate hard-back books only. Please do not donate any paper-back books or magazines. Arnold will take the books home, inventory them, and sell the books at future dinner meetings, in order to raise money for the Round Table. There will be a large, book sale at the dinner meeting on November 16th. A separate table will be set up to display the books and Arnold will price the books accordingly.

Member News

Round Table member John Hart lives in San Rafael, California. Since John is not able to attend our monthly dinner meetings, Dave Pattison e-mailed John and asked him to tell us about himself and why he decided to join our Round Table. John was gracious enough to tell us the following story regarding his great-grandfather, John Benton Hart. Click here to read about John Benton Hart.

In 2019, Dave Pattison's daughter Cari was hiking the Applachian Trail and took several photos while visiting the South Mountain Battlefield. The Battle of South Mountain MD was fought on September 14, 1862, as part of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Maryland Campaign.  Click here to view the photos.

Battlefield Dispatches

"Battlefield Dispatches" made its first appearance in the Border Bugle with the December 2005 issue. The column was later given the label, "The Sergeant Major’s Roar." Over time, the Round Table's Website Administrator will be slowly all the "Battlefield Dispatches" which have appeared in the Border Bugle. The website administrator will enhance Sgt. Maj. Arnold Schofield's column with images where applicable. Just click on the menu item, Sgt. Major's Roar, to see the progress.

Articles from Border Bugles Past

Here are a couple of articles from Border Bugles long, long ago. All articles are located in the website's Article Archive.

In 2009, Round Table President Howard Mann published a series of articles in the Border Bugle he called "True Tales of the Tenth Kansas Infantry, The Joys of Jayhawking: Words from the Perpetrator's Mouths." We have added this to the website's Article Archives.

In 2005, Round Table Past President Orvis N. Fitts published a series of articles in the Border Bugle he called "The Untold Story." It's the story of how the Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site came to be owned and interpreted with a visitor center by the Kansas State Historical Society. Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate Part 3 of this story. Parts 1 and 2 appeared in the April 2005 issue of the Border Bugle; part 4 appeared in the September 2005 issue; and part 5 appeared in the October issue.


To make a reservation this month, please contact our treasurer Susan Keipp at 816-333-0025 or by e-mail at

October 2021 Meeting

Dr. Paul Kahan will be giving a program about his latest book, The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War's Legacy (2018).

Dr. Kahan spoke at our Round Table dinner meeting on November 15, 2016 about his book, Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War (2016).

Please join us for what should be a very interesting program.

Dinner Menu

Milbum Golf and Country Club will serve Beef
Medallions with mushroom demi, mashed potatoes, and broccolini. Dessert will be Apple Strudel a la mode. All dinners are served with house salad with Milbum house dressing, sliced bread, iced tea, water, and coffee.

September 2021 Meeting

Dr. Joseph M. Beilein, Jr., Associate Professor of History at Penn State Behrend, Erie PA, get a great program about bushwhackers and guerrilla warfare in Missouri. Dr. Beilein is the author of the book titled: Bushwhackers: Guerrilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri.

Dr. Ethan Rafuse Receives Harry S. Truman Award

Dan Dooley presents the Harry S. Truman Award to Dr. Ethan Rafuse.

In Memoriam (Archives)

Remembering Spike Speicher

We are very sorry to report that former Round Table member Colonel James L. Speicher died of cancer on September 11, 2021. James served as president of the Round Table in 2006 and was the speaker at several of our dinner meetings. He served as commander of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans of the Civil War (SCVCW) organization for many years. James and his wife Cindy moved to Apollo Beach FL a few years ago.

At our Round Table dinner meeting on March 22, 2016, James gave a very interesting program about the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley and her crews. He served as a pall-bearer during the ceremony when the remains of the crew from the H. L. Hunley were buried.

We are pleased to announce that the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City has joined the Amazon Associates program. On our website we will provide links to, primarily for books of interest to our membership. If you click this link and make a qualifying purchase on, the Round Table will receive a small advertising fee. This fee does not increase the cost of your purchase. Thank you for supporting the Civil War Round Table by clicking these links.

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Civil War Round Table of Kansas City
436 West 88th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64114

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