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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.

We will meet on April 27 at the Milburn Golf and Country Club (refer to Dan's letter below). There will be no dinner and chairs will be set up lecture style, with social distancing and masks required. There will be no charge for this meeting. Reservations will be required.

A Message from the President of Our Civil War Round Table

April 2, 2021

To All Members of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City:

At long last we are confident we can safely have an in-person meeting of our members this month. It has been a long road, and I know we are all looking forward to returning to the gatherings we have missed these many months.

We begin our new era in a new venue and with a different look, at least initially. For this first meeting on Tuesday night, April 27th, we will not be serving a meal, nor will we have a social hour preceding the program. We will be seated lecture or theater style rather than tables to allow for social distancing. We will limit the number of attendees to 50 to ensure proper spacing. It is critical that you make a reservation so that we have an accurate count before the meeting. Once we meet our maximum attendance, we will stop taking reservations. Masks will be required for the entire meeting. As previously announced, there will be no charge for this meeting, but a donations jar will be located on the check-in table just outside of the meeting room.

We will meet at 7:00 p.m., have an abbreviated book auction, and the presentation. There will be no books offered for sale other than the auction.

Our new facility, Milbum Golf & Country Club, 7501 W 69th Street in Overland Park, has installed an upgraded air filtration system for the entire building. They have also installed temporary portable, hospital-grade air purifiers in the room we will be using. Everything that can be done to protect our members is being done.

Assuming a continuation of vaccinations across the metro and no untoward virus-related events, we plan to have a meeting in May complete with social hour, meal and our normal meeting agenda.

We have a great slate of speakers for the remainder of this year, and we are hopeful that we can put the past year behind us. We look forward to seeing all of you who feel comfortable in doing so returning to the study of the Civil War, its causes, conduct and consequences. See you this month!


Dan Dooley


2021 Membership Renewal

Now is the time to renew your membership in the Civil War Round Table for next year. The membership dues are the same as this year: $35 per individual or $55 per couple. Membership dues help pay for the travel costs for our speakers who live out of town and pay for our administrative expenses. We have a great list of speakers lined up for 2021. Please mail your membership dues to Susan Keipp, 436 West 88th Terrace, Kansas City MO 64114 by December 31, 2020. Thank you for being a member of our Round Table!

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.

Dave Pattison participated in the Shiloh battlefield hikes on April 6-7, 2021. The hikes followed either Union or Confederate troop movements during the battle and were led by Shiloh National Military Park rangers. Click hear to find out more about Dave's 159th Anniversary hike.

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.

April 2021 Meeting

Tom Rafiner, a well-known speaker and prolific author and native of Jackson County currently living in Columbia MO. Mr. Rafiner will speak on his latest book, a biography of R.L.Y. Peyton, frontier lawyer who practiced in Harrisonville, instigator of Missouri’s “secession” and member of the Confederate Senate.

March 2021 Meeting Cancelled

Dr. Jeff Gentsch, Professor of Military History at the University of West Alabama, was scheduled to speak about the use of artillery during the Battle of Shiloh and how artillery evolved from the Civil War through the Franco-Prussian War. The title of his presentation was: “The Battle of Shiloh and the Evolution of Artillery, 1861-1871.”

Dr. Ethan Rafuse Receives Harry S. Truman Award

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

In Memoriam

Remembering Nan Borden

We are very sorry to report that Ray Borden's wife, Nan, passed away on March 9th. Visitation is 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 13th, followed by a 2:00 p.m. Celebration of Life Service at the Johnson County Funeral Chapel in Overland Park. Please keep Ray and his family in you thoughts and prayers.

Don Bates is a good friend of Ray Borden's and sent the following e-mail:

I met Ray in 1970. He was CFO for the Sutherland Lumber Companies. I did their printing for the next 10 years. But, in 1970 Ray and I started having breakfast together on Wednesdays for the next 50 years until COVID. I have picked him up for Round Table meetings since we moved to the Holiday Inn. Nan and Ray were married for close to 65 years, have 4 daughters, and are an extremely close family. They are an example of a family and life well lived.

The good news going forward is that I feel that Ray will again come back to the Round Table meetings. They were close friends with my wife Lindy and me up until my wife became ill in 1994.

Thank all of you for your friendship! It means more than you can understand. I joined our Round Table in 1979 and in 1994 when Lindy's illness came on it was our CWRTKC that gave me a night to look forward to each month.

I hope you count your blessings daily,

God bless, Don Bates

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

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