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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.

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the CWRT dinner meetings scheduled for August 25, 2020 has been canceled. Our monthly dinner meetings will resume when it is safe to do so.

A Message from the President of Our Civil War Round Table

July 13, 2020

Dear Round Table Members:

We are again faced with a situation in which the virus has not abated as hoped, and with a continued emphasis on social distancing and wearing masks in all public places. While we had hoped otherwise, we are forced to cancel our August Round Table dinner and meeting, bowing to common sense and prudence rather than wishful thinking and trust that things will look appreciably better by the August meeting.

I need not tell you how painful this is to your executive committee, to forgo gathering in comradeship and community at a time we all desperately need both. But we must recognize realities that dictate asking all of our members to stay at home, stay safe, and follow guidelines that are designed to protect all of us.

I cannot say when we will meet again. We are simply using our best judgment and will reassess the situation late in August. Some groups have cancelled any further plans until the end of the year. We are loathe to do that and are trying to look month to month for signs that things have improved sufficiently to again meet in safety.

In the meantime, I hope you and your loved ones are all safe. There is any number of diversions to help you keep sane, and I know you are discovering online services that provide you with information and video entertainment regarding Civil War related topics. I encourage you to reach out to other members who may be facing this trying time with fewer resources. We will meet again. Stay the course.


Dan Dooley


We Still Need Another Assistant Treasurer

Susan Keipp has done an excellent job as treasurer of our Round Table, since taking over for Paul Gault in April of 2015. Due to other commitments, Susan would like to cut back on her workload as treasurer. We are looking for two people to serve as assistant treasurers. Sam Rabicoff has volunteered to be one of the assistant treasurers. He has been helping Susan by collecting money from the Civil War book sales. Susan also needs someone to take dinner reservations, coordinate with the Holiday Inn, and manage the sign-in table during the dinner meetings. Susan has offered to continue doing the bookkeeping and handing all of our corporate paperwork. If you would be interested in serving with Sam as one of the co-assistant treasurers, please let Susan, Sam, or Dan Dooley know.

Please Renew Your Membership for 2020

Now is the time to renew your membership in the Civil War Round Table for next year. The membership dues go to pay for our speaker travel costs as well as our administrative expenses (office supplies, printing, postage, bank charges, website fees, corporate reports, plaques, name tags, etc.). Membership dues are the same for 2020 as they were for this year: $35 per individual or $55 per couple. Please submit your 2020 membership dues by December 31, 2019. You can pay Susan Keipp at an upcoming dinner meeting or else you can mail her a check. Thank you for being a member of the Round Table! Refer to the Membership web page for more information.

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.

August 2020 Meeting Cancelled

The dinner meeting scheduled for August 25th has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

July 2020 Meeting Cancelled

Civil War historian and author Matt Spruill from Littleton CO was scheduled to speak about the Battle of Chickamauga. However, Matt requested to cancel his program. Not only was he concerned about traveling (flying) and being in large groups, but his wife has cancer and her immune system is compromised. Matt said she cannot travel and he needs to be home with her. We are hoping to reschedule Matt's program for 2022.

June 2020 Meeting Cancelled

Civil War author Jeffry D. Wert from Centre Hall PA was scheduled to speak about his new book titled: Civil War Barons: The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation. Mr. Wert's program has been rescheduled and he has agreed to speak at our Round Table dinner meeting on May 25, 2021.

Dr. Ethan Rafuse Receives Harry S. Truman Award

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

In Memoriam

Remembering Bud Price

Civil War Round Table of Kansas City member, Edward Cramer "Bud" Price II passed away on June 30th.  Bud and his wife Carol joined the Round Table in 2015 and have been loyal members ever since.  Bud and Carol brought several members of their family to our dinner meeting in October of 2017, to hear Kyle Sinisi speak about their ancestor, Confederate General Sterling Price and his Missouri Expedition of 1864. Please keep Carol and her family in your prayers.  Here's a link to Bud's obituary at the Mt. Moriah, Newcomer and Freeman Funeral Home.

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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