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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.

Executive Committee Meeting March 21st

There will be a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Civil War Round Table at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 21st. The meeting will be held at the Overland Park Historical Society Museum located at 7319 West 79th Street, Overland Park KS. All current members of the Round Table are invited to attend. One of the main topics of discussion will be speakers for next year.

We Are Looking for a New Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer

Susan Keipp and Dennis Garstang have faithfully served as treasurer and assistant treasurer of our Round Table since taking over for Paul Gault in April of 2015. Susan and Dennis would like to retire from their current positions. If you would be interested in serving the Round Table in one of these two capacities, please let Susan, Dennis, or Dan Dooley know. Susan said she is willing to stay on until her replacement is trained. You do not have to be a CPA in order to do this job. Some experience with bookkeeping software or Excel spreadsheets would be beneficial.

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.

March Speaker

Dr. Jeff Gentsch, Professor of Military History at the University of West Alabama, will be speaking 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 is: “The Battle of Shiloh and the Evolution of Artillery, 1861-1871.”

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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