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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

August 10, 2020

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

In consultation with the executive committee and in recognition of the ongoing struggles in our community with regard to the spread of the corona virus, the decision has been made to cancel all further monthly meetings of the Round Table for the remainder of 2020. Only a significant development, such as the introduction of a vaccine, or a remarkable reduction in new virus cases would alter this decision.

In the past several weeks we have seen event after event cancelled in our area. Many organizations have already announced that they have decided to forgo any further events through the end of this year. From the Kansas City Symphony and KC Rep to the American Royal World Series of Barbeque to Worlds of Fun, difficult decisions have been made to stem the tide of the virus.

We reached our decision reluctantly and with heavy hearts. But we recognize that our first obligation is to the safety of our members, many of whom are in the most vulnerable category regarding the effects of the virus. The early theory of the virus “fading" during the hot summer months was proven wrong. There has not been a reduction, but an increase in diagnosed cases in recent weeks. While hope remains for a slowing of the spread due to increased diligence regarding social distancing and the wearing of masks, there is no guarantee that a sufficient reduction will be achieved anytime soon. We simply cannot continue month to month with cancelations, and promises of "better days." Thus, it became apparent that the only prudent action was to cancel through the end of the year.

We do have some good news. We already have a tremendous slate of speakers lined up for next year. We will still work at retaining our membership with an eye on 2021. Membership dues will still be due in November or December. In recognition of the brevity of this year's activities we are announcing a “bonus" for next year. The first dinner meeting in 2021 that you attend will be free of charge. If you return in January (assuming a January meeting) that dinner will be free. If you wait until March, the same free dinner will await you. Since the cost of the dinner is roughly the amount of the annual dues, we are, in essence, returning those dues to you. We hope this will encourage you to rejoin our group, and continue to attend meetings next year.

I need not tell you how painful this letter was to write. But that pain pales in comparison to the heartache we on the executive committee would feel if we conducted a meeting and one of our members contracted the virus as a result. This was the overreaching reason for our decision.

Until we meet again, I pray you will stay safe, stay well, act responsibly, and “keep your powder dry”. Thank you all for your loyalty, your dedication, and your exhibition of keen interest in our nation's history.


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.

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.

All Meetings Canceled for Remainder of 2020

Our dinner meetings for the remainder of this year have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Round Table President Dan Dooley is offering a free dinner to each of our members the next time you are able to attend a CWRT dinner meeting in 2021. 

In the meantime, please stay safe.

September 2020 Meeting Cancelled

Dennis E. Frye was scheduled to give a program about Harpers Ferry during the Civil War. Dennis retired from the National Park Service (NPS) at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, where he served for more than three decades - 20 years as Chief Historian. Dennis spoke to our Round Table at the dinner meeting in September of 2018, about the Battle of Antietam. Because the dinner meeting this month had to be cancelled, Dennis has graciously agreed to speak to our Round Table in 2022.

Dr. Ethan Rafuse Receives Harry S. Truman Award

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

In Memoriam

Remembering Bud Price

Civil War Round Table of Kansas City member, Edward Cramer "Bud" Price II passed away on June 30th.  Bud and his wife Carol joined the Round Table in 2015 and have been loyal members ever since.  Bud and Carol brought several members of their family to our dinner meeting in October of 2017, to hear Kyle Sinisi speak about their ancestor, Confederate General Sterling Price and his Missouri Expedition of 1864. Please keep Carol and her family in your prayers.  Here's a link to Bud's obituary at the Mt. Moriah, Newcomer and Freeman Funeral Home.

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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