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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 for the remainder of 2020 have 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

December 18, 2020

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

First, I want to thank all of you who have already renewed your membership for 2021. Your loyalty to our organization helps to ensure that we will continue to offer the high quality programs we have grown accustomed to over the years. The Kansas City Round Table is nationally recognized as a strong provider of Civil War information, as well as preservation activities. If you have not sent your renewal to Susan Keipp, please consider doing so. With such a long hiatus, we look forward to coming back stronger than ever when the situation allows. Our slate of speakers for 2021 is outstanding, our new venue is exciting, and we have much to offer, not the least of which is simply being able to gather and share community with like-minded individuals.

This brings me to my second reason for writing. Our newsletter for December highlighted our speaker for January, Dr. Harry Laver of the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth. We knew at the time that his presentation would be subject to the progress of the virus. The virus has continued to spread at an alarming rate in the Kansas City area, and, while a vaccine is now on the horizon, that horizon is still far in the distance. With our first obligation to the safety of our members, we have decided to forgo our January meeting. The decision was made somewhat easier when our speaker informed us he would not be able to attend, for both personal reasons and Army guidelines for public appearances in the near future. Even without this, it was becoming apparent that gathering in a group, however careful we were to do all we could to offer a safe environment, was not prudent. As painful as it is to cancel once again, doing so is in the best interest of all concerned. We look forward, cautiously, to meeting in February. In all likelihood, that meeting will again be planned as a program-only affair with no meal or social hour, and seating will be limited and spaced to allow for social distancing. We will keep you informed as we enter the new year.

Until then, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and secure in every sense of those words. These continue to be trying times and we all look forward to getting back some semblance of normalcy to our lives. Be safe, use good judgment through the holiday season, and put February 23rd on your calendars.

Warmest Regards,

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


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.

December 2020 Meeting Cancelled

Round Table member Deborah Ground Buckner was scheduled to be our speaker this month. Unfortunately, this program has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Deb was planning to give a first person presentation as Elizabeth "Libbie" Bacon Custer, wife of Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer. Deb gave a first person presentation as Libbie Custer at our Round Table dinner meeting on December 20, 2011. The title of her program that night was "A Civil War Christmas."

Dr. Ethan Rafuse Receives Harry S. Truman Award

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

In Memoriam

Remembering John M. Jenks

Former Round Table member John M. Jenks passed away on October 28, 2020 at the age of 89. He was a member of our Round Table from 2001 to 2015. John graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He worked 30 years for the Phillipsburg Division of Bell & Howell in Chicago IL. John moved to Leawood in 1990 to live near his grandchildren. His memorial service took place at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park KS on November 13th.

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
436 West 88th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64114

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