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.
560th Regular Meeting
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Please Note: Meeting/Dinner Starts 30 Minutes Earlier in 2024
Milburn Golf and Country Club 7501 West 69th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204 Social hour begins at 5:00 p.m. and dinner is at 6:00 p.m.
This meeting will include a plated dinner at a cost of $34.00 per person. Reservations are required in order to attend the dinner meeting.
Reservation Deadline: Tuesday, February 13th. To make a reservation, please contact Marlene Natoli (contact info in newsletter).
February 2024 Meeting
In honor of Black History Month, Mr. George Pettigrew will be giving a program titled: “From Slave to Soldier."
Mr. Pettigrew will tell us the story of how his great-grandfather, Isaac Johnson, went from being enslaved, to being a soldier, to being an Original Buffalo Soldier and what that meant.
Mr. Pettigrew will also tell us how the Buffalo Soldiers came to be and how they got that iconic name. He will present the over 150-year historic tale of an Original Buffalo Soldier, according to oral family history and military records, as told by his great-grandson.
Milburn Golf and Country Club will serve the following meal at our dinner meeting: Beef Short Rib with natural sauce, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Dessert will be NY Cheesecake. All dinners are served with house salad with Milburn house dressing, sliced bread, iced tea, water, and coffee.
January 2024 Meeting
Civil War Round Table member Dick Titterington gave a program titled: “Sterling Price Returns: The Southern Counteroffensive to Retake Missouri in 1861.”
Following the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Confederate Major General Sterling Price breaks away from his alliance with Brigadier General Ben McCulloch, to head north for the Missouri River. What follows is the siege and capture of Lexington, Missouri and the Federal response by Missouri’s commander, Major General John Charles Fremont.
Click here for a summary of Dick's program.
Civl War Wednesdays at the Harris-Kearney House
The Monnett Battle of Westport Fund is sponsoring a 2024 series of programs at the Harris-Kearney House, 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri. There is a $6 per per attendee donation. The programs are scheduled once a month from April through November. Click here to download a pdf of the program schedule.
Executive Committee Meets February 10
The next meeting of the Round Table’s Executive Committee will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at the Johnson County Library in Lenexa KS. The library is located in the Lenexa City Center, 8778 Penrose, Lenexa KS. Current members of the Round Table are welcome to attend.
The meeting agenda will include the following items:
- Review and approval of October 7, 2023 meeting minutes.
- Review and approval of Treasurer’s report.
- Milburn staff appreciation.
- Member memorials/flowers.
- Discussion of 2025 speakers.
- Review of speaker remuneration.
Change in Dinner Meeting Start Time in 2024
The following change will take effect starting in January 2024: Social hour will be from 5:00-6:00 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. This will allow Milburn’s staff and our members to get home at an earlier time.
Round Table Now Accepting Digital Payments
The Civil War Round Table of Kansas City now accepts digital payments via the Square digital payment processing service. This process is simple to use and secure. Square charges the Round Table a fee for this service. If you decide to use this service, we add this fee to the total charge. For more information, please refer to our Round Table Digital Payments page.
With apologies to our speakers, one of the highlights of each dinner meeting is the book auction led by Arnold Schofield.
This month the following items will be auctioned:
- Stark Mad Abolitionists: Lawrence, Kansas and the Battle over Slavery in the Civil War Era by Robert K. Sutton. Published in 2017. In very
good condition with dust jacket and mylar cover.
- Border Warfare in Southeastern Kansas 1856-1859 by G. Mulin Welcch, Dan Smith Editor. Linn County Publishing Company, 1977. First
Edition. In mint condition with dust jacket and mylar cover.
- Grant Invades Tennessee: 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson by Dr. Timothy B. Smith. Published in 2016 as part of the Modern War
Studies. In excellent condition with dust jacket and mylar cover.
- Soldiers in the Army of Freedom: The 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment by Dr. Ian Michael Spurgeon. Published in 2014. First
Edition. In excellent condition with dust jacket and mylar cover.
Remembering Colonel Jack Brooks on D Day
The following writeup is from Round Table member Don Bates regarding Colonel Jack Brooks, who served as president of our Round Table in 1987 and again in 1990.
On June 6, 1944 Captain Jack Brooks took an Infantry company onto Normandy Beach. He was in the first wave to storm Omaha Beach. The assault had the most casualties on D-Day. "We lost 48 men”, Brooks said, referring to his company of 140 soldiers. "Our regiment of 3,200 troops lost 35 officers and 950 men on the first day." His Division was the Big Red One out of Ft. Riley, Kansas. He was promoted to Colonel and served a tour of duty in Korea and two tours in the Vietnam War, before retiring in 1966.
Colonel Brooks received a multitude of decorations. Most notably, in 2011, he was awarded the Knight of the French Foreign Legion of Honor for his service to the people of France by the French government in a ceremony at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth. This was for heroics on DDay, landing in the first wave on Omaha Beach with the Big Red One on June 6, 1944.
It was my absolute pleasure to pick Jack up and bring him to our Round Table meetings after he stopped driving. We always had meaningful conversations. Jack passed away January 13, 2020, at almost 100 years of age.
We would like to welcome back former member Sandra L. Slusher who lives in Higginsville MO. Sandra said she was a member of our Round Table while her husband, Roger Slusher, was still alive. He passed away on July 4, 2013. Sandra said she doesn’t know if she will be able to make it to any of our dinner meetings because she doesn’t like driving on I-70 or driving in city traffic.
These photographs were taken at recent Round Table dinner meetings . Please introduce yourselves and welcome our new members.
"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.