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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.

Re: October Meeting Speaker

We are sorry to report that our scheduled speaker for October, Mr. Eric Wittenburg, had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict. However, Lane Smith has graciously volunteered to be our speaker this month. Lane prepared a program for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) group that he will present at our October dinner meeting. The title of Lane's program is: "The Trial of Jefferson Davis and the Issue of Secession."

Executive Committee Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Civil War Round fable of Kansas City at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The meeting will be held at Don Bates' office: Reece Nichols, 7600 State Line Road, Prairie Village KS 66208. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss programs, the proposed catering contract with the Holiday Inn, Executive Committee officers for 2020, etc. All current members of the Civil War Round Table are welcome to attend.

Tales of the Philippines - in the Early 1900's

Round Table member Bill Buckner said a new book about his grandfather, Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr., is available on Amazon and Barries & Noble. Bill said there are some pretty unusual tales in the book, which make for good bedtime reading. He thinks it would make a nice gift book for travelers and particularly for hunters. A photo and description of the book are as follows:

The author’s son (Bill Buckner) initially judged this delightful, well-written manuscript to be too politically incorrect to publish, so he printed just a few copies. But when an American friend working in the Philippines helped him add a very necessary preface, the resulting book was declared by a distinguished local author and librarian: “The best book I’ve read in ages.”

Jack Magnus, reviewing for Readers' Favorite writes: "Tales of the Philippines - in the Early 1900’s is a nonfiction memoir written by Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. with a preface by his son, William C. Buckner. The memoir consists of over 80 short accounts of Buckner’s experiences as a West Point graduate, who was stationed in the Philippines in 1910 ... highly recommended."

The paperback edition of the book is 192 pages, in 6"x9” format. The list price is S20.00 [Currently $12.89 on Amazon]

Meet Our Assistant Treasurer, Dennis Garstang

Dennis Garstang currently serves as assistant treasurer of the Round Table. Dennis fills in for Susan Keipp whenever she is not able to attend the dinner meetings. Dennis takes reservations, coordinates with the Holiday Inn, mans the check-in desk, and brings our speakers to the dinner meetings when necessary. Dennis served as president of the Round Table in 2013 and 2014. We asked Dennis to tell us a little about himself and how he got interested in the Civil War. Click on this link to find out what he told us.

Meet Our Treasurer, Susan Keipp

Susan Keipp has faithfully served as treasurer of our Round Table since taking over for Paul Gault in February of 2015. Susan is in charge of paying our bills, taking dinner reservations, coordinating with the Holiday Inn, collecting annual dues and payments for the dinner meetings and book sales, preparing financial statements, filing corporate reports to maintain our 501(c)(3) status, etc. She also greets everyone who attends the Round Table dinner meetings. Being treasurer is a big job, but one that Susan is uniquely qualified for. We asked Susan to tell us about herself and how she got interested in the Civil War. Click on this link to find out what she told us.

October Speaker

Round Table member Lane Smith will be giving a presentation titled: "The Trial of Jefferson Davis and the Issue of Secession." During the program. Lane will address the following

  • Was secession legal?
  • When put on trial, what would have been Jefferson Davis' defense?
  • Why was Jefferson Davis not placed on trial?
  • Do cultures and viewpoints change?

Much of Lane's information comes from the book The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 by David M. Potter. Lane will look at the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, the Kentucky resolutions, the thinking and view points of the times, and how individuals considered nationalism.

September Speaker

Mr. Bjorn Skaptason spoke about the 2nd Colorado Cavalry Regiment, which fought at the battles of Westport and Mine Creek in October of 1864. The title of his presentation was: "The Coloradoes in Missouri: Counterinsurgency and Conventional Warfare in Western Missouri, 1864." Bjorn works as a Producer for Virtual Book Signings at the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago.

For more details, click on this link.

Dave Pattison Receives Valient Service Award

Sandy Ackerson Receives Valiant Service Award

Dave Pattison presents Valient Service Award to Sandy Ackerson at the March 2018 meeting.

Lane Smith Receives Valiant Service Award

Don Bates presents Valient Service Award to Lane Smith at the February 2018 meeting.

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
P.O. Box 6202
Shawnee Mission, KS 66206

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