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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.

Mine Creek Foundation

Arnold Schofield said the Mine Creek Foundation has strong reason to believe that they may have pinpointed the location of a long-rumored mass Confederate grave on grounds owned by the foundation. They are confident enough that they have contacted a nationally-recognized firm that specializes in searching for such sites using ground-penetrating radar. The initial scan will, if funds can be raised, take place this month. The cost of this initial scan is $5,000. The Executive Committee has decided that our Round Table will contribute $500 to kick-start the fund-raising effort. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please mail your check, payable to the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City, to Susan Keipp or give your check to Marlene Natoli at the next dinner meeting.

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

September 2021 Meeting

Dr. Joseph M. Beilein, Jr., Associate Professor of History at Penn State Behrend, Erie PA, will be our speaker. He will be speaking 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.

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

Dinner Menu

Milbum Golf and Country Club will serve the following meal at our September dinner meeting: Chili glaze salmon, with roasted fingerling potatoes and asparagus. Dessert will be chocolate mousse.

August 2021 Meeting

At our dinner meeting held on August 24, 2021,
Round Table member Arnold Schofield gave a very interesting program titled: "Ordered to be Shot: Military Discipline and Court Martials in Kansas, Missouri, and the Indian Territory during the Civil War."

Dr. Ethan Rafuse Receives Harry S. Truman Award

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

In Memoriam (archives)

Remembering Dr. Thomas P. Sweeney

Dr. Thomas P. Sweeney (1934-2019) passed away on December 9, 2019 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Dr. Sweeney opened General Sweeny's Museum of Civil War History, located near Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. The National Park Service purchased General Sweeny's Museum, along with its extensive collection of Civil War weapons and artifacts, buildings, and 10 acres for $4.5 million. It is now part of Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Our speaker this month, Ms. Connie Langum, will discuss the newly renovated Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center and Museum, which will help house Dr. Sweeney's collection.

In order to provide some information about the life of Dr. Sweeney, click here to read the following eulogy delivered by Dr. William Garrett Piston at Dr. Sweeney's memorial service.

Remembering Ralph Beckwith

The following is from the Leavenworth Times newspaper: Ralph Geroge Beckwith, 79, Leavenworth KS, passed away April 19, 2021, peacefully at home.

Ralph graduated from Fullerton (Junior) College and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He joined the U.S. Army and while stationed overseas in Darmstadt, Germany, fell in love with his future wife, Hermine Lima. They were married on May 31, 1969 in Bellville IL. Ralph and his wife had two children: Alexander and Kathrine.

Ralph served in the Missouri National Guard, taught high school social studies for ten years. He reenlisted in the Army and taught ROTC at The Ohio State University and later military strategy and tactics at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.

In retirement, Ralph was involved in a number of volunteer activities and served as president of the national Fred Harvey Museum.

Mass of Christian burial was held on April 30th at St. Franis de Sales Catholic Church. Ralph was buried in the Leavenworth National Cemetery.

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
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