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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.

We hope to finalize the plans for our next meeting of members in the coming weeks. We are considering an in-person meeting in January 2021, with no meal, seated lecture-style, with appropriate social distancing.

A Message from the President of Our Civil War Round Table

November 11, 2020

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

We have exciting news to start our new year at the Round Table!

Your Executive Committee has been hard at work, despite the difficulties thrown at us during this pandemic season. The results will provide you with a better experience for our monthly meetings in 2021.

First, we are announcing a new venue! Beginning in January we will be meeting at Milbum Country Club, 7501 W. 69th Street in Overland Park KS. If you are not familiar with the facility, it is between Antioch and Metcalf, bounded on the south by 71st Street. The entrance is on Santa Fe. The meeting room is much nicer than the one at the Holiday Inn, on the first floor, and is an all-round better venue. We are confident that the menus will also be an improvement.

We have a full slate of speakers for 2021 beginning in January. Anticipating what things will be like in January is a challenge. We have made the decision to hold the first two meetings using "pandemic protocols”. There will be no food or drink provided, other than individual bottled water. Rather than round tables, we will be seated lecture or theater style, with chairs spaced far apart. The room comfortably holds over 150 in this configuration, and we will set up for a third of that, with a maximum attendance of 50. As a consequence, it is important for all of you to make a reservation, so we can control the actual attendance. There will no charge for these first two meetings to encourage you to attend.

Masks will be required, even if there is no mandate at the time. It is conceivable that you will be able to come in, sit and enjoy the presentation, and leave without touching anything but the chan you sit in. We are assured that the room will have been cleaned thoroughly, and the club has installed a new, more robust air filtration system. On a Tuesday evening, we will be virtually the only people hi the facility.

There will be no book sales, either on tables or by auction, to reduce any contact. There will be no "social hour” and members will be reminded to maintain proper distance throughout the meeting.

We hope to begin regular meetings with meal service and a cash bar in March. This decision will be revisited in February to determine if it is appropriate.

When we begin regular meetings with meals, the cost will be $32. We realize this is an increase from the past year, but we feel the improved venue and meals will more than compensate for the increase. And, as promised, your first meal will be on us. To prevent this from becoming an accounting nightmare, we are offering this free meal for any of the first three months in which we offer meals. So, if you cannot attend in March, a free meal is still available to you in April or May.

In the meantime, you are all encouraged to mail your membership dues for 2021 to Susan Keipp, 436 W. 88th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64114. Dues have not increased. The dues are $35 per individual or $55 per couple. Your dues help to defer the cost of bringing in nationally known speakers to our Round Table and we encourage you to renew your membership. Please note that in order to reserve your free dinner you must have paid your membership dues for 2021.

We are excited about the changes for the upcoming year and look forward to returning to a more “normal” meeting agenda, whenever the situation allows for that to happen. We look forward to seeing you in January for our fust meeting. However, our fust concern is for the safety of our members, and (I say with trepidation) plans could change between the time you read this and the scheduled meeting time. We will keep you informed.

If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear them. This is your organization and I encourage you to provide feedback.

See you in January.


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

The Monnett Battle of Westport Fund Needs Our Help.

Round Table member Dick Titterington sent the following e-mails on November 10, 2020:

"Dan Smith and I, with a lot of help from our new friend John Twite, just finished installing three historical markers this morning down at Byram's Ford. The marker assembly is screwed together using a T-25 Torx Tamper Proof Screwdriver Bit. The marker manufacturer provided us with a single bit. I have purchased additional bits. Would the Round Table be able to store one of these bits with someone as a backup? I will have one of the bits and Dan Smith will keep one. But we are both older than dirt. And we are just looking for a bit of insurance, say ten years down the road when the panels might need to be replaced.

"Dan and I also want to put together an action plan to put additional historical markers out across the battlefield and renew the original BOW Driving Tour that's out on the Battle of Westport website.

"Do you have any suggestions about who might be interested in helping us put together this plan?"

If you would be interested in helping with either of these requests, please contact Dick Titterington.

Follow this link for more information about the Byram's Ford Historical Markers.

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.

November 2020 Meeting Cancelled

Mr. Wayne E. Motts, CEO of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg PA was scheduled to be our speaker. Unfortunately, this program has been cancelled.

Wayne has been a licensed battlefield guide at the Gettysburg National Park for twenty-seven years and is the co-author (with James Hessler) of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American

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.

Susan Keipp sent a contribution to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City, in memory of member Bud Price. Susan received the following thank you letter from the Boys and Girls Club:

Dear Susan and members of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City:

Thank you for your generous gift in memory of Bud. Your support fuels our ongoing and expanding work in the metro, particularly as we adjust our services to fill gaps during this pandemic.

Bud was a great friend to the Clubs and one of my favorite people to chat with. He always could bring a smile to my face. We are grateful for you!


Molly Groebe, Director of Philanthropy

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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