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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 June 23, 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

May 18, 2020

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

After much soul-searching and discussion, your Executive Committee has reluctantly decided to cancel the June meeting of the Round Table. We have come to this decision knowing that we, and many of you, ache to return to our normal routine, meet with friends, and participate in our commitment to enhance our understanding of the Civil War.

If current guidelines remain in place, we should be coming out of Phase Three in Overland Park, and technically able to meet. That is if there are not delays or extensions of the phased removal of restrictions. However, being legally allowed to meet is not the same thing as deciding to meet. By the time of the June meeting, the area will have just come out of the restrictions set in place to ensure the safety of the general public.

The virus that has held us all captive will still be around, people will still be contracting the illness, and there will still be deaths attributable to it. There will not be a feasible treatment for those who contract the virus by the end of June. Those who are most susceptible to the illness will still be the most susceptible. As you know, that class of individuals, those over 65 and those with compromised immune systems and underlying medical conditions, include many of our members. It is unlikely that the hotel can (or would even be willing to) spread us out sufficiently to maintain the "social separation" now being observed. We would likely be sitting in our "normal" arrangement.

Our June speaker would be traveling from Pennsylvania, putting himself at risk as he goes through two airports and stays at the hotel. Asking him to take that risk, and asking you to put yourself at risk, is not something we feel we can do.

We hope to meet in July. To that end, I am asking each of you to email me directly at to let me know if you would be willing to attend. I have no idea what the situation will look like in July and I know you don’t either. Assuming things have returned to some semblance of normalcy, would you come to the July meeting? If a sufficient number respond affirmatively we will meet.

These are strange and difficult times. To voluntarily subject yourself to a potentially life-threatening situation to attend a dinner meeting is something you likely never thought you would ever be asked about. I pray that by July the decision will be easier to make. In the meantime, I hope you are all well, staying safe, following the guidelines, and anxious together as soon as possible.


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.

June 2020 Meeting Cancelled

The dinner meeting scheduled for June 23rd has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

May 2020 Neeting Cancelled

Historian Dr. Paul Kahan was scheduled to give a program about his latest book: The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. His program has has been rescheduled for October of 2021.

Dr. Kahan was the speaker at our Round Table dinner meeting in November of 2016. He gave a program about his book titled: Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War.

April 2020 Meeting Canceled

Dr. Chris Phillips was scheduled to give a program about Missouri in the Civil War at the April meeting. This program has been cancelled and has been rescheduled for April 27, 2021.

February Speaker

In honor of Black History Month, Civil War Round Table member Arnold Schofield gave a program about the book titled: Searching for Black Confederates, The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth. This book was written by Mr. Kevin M. Levin and published in 2019 by the University of North Carolina Press. 

For more details, click on this link.

Dr. Ethan Rafuse Receives Harry S. Truman Award

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

In Memoriam

Remembering Jack Brooks

At our January dinner meeting, Don Bates spoke about former member of the Civil War Round Table, Colonel Jack Brooks who died recently at the age of 99. Don said the memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on March 9, 2020 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, located at 6630 Nall Avenue, Mission KS 66202.

Colonel Brooks served as president of our Round Table in 1987 and 1990. He received the Steve Treaster Civil War Preservation Award in 2012 and the Valiant Service Award in 1989. Colonel Brooks was also a World War II hero. Learn more about Jack's life in our "In Memoriam Archive."

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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