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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.

551st Regular Meeting

Wednseday, May 17, 2023

Milburn Golf and Country Club 7501 West 69th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204 Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 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. Please note that wearing masks at the dinner meeting is optional.

Reservation Deadline: Tuesday, May 9th. To make a reservation, please contact Marlene Natoli.

May 2023 Meeting

Alisha Cole's program is entitled “Heroes in Petticoats.” It addresses the varying roles played by women during the American Civil War. Some women remained within the domestic sphere or temporarily extended its boundaries. Others entered the public sphere of men never to return. Learning what women could accomplish during wartime planted the seeds of ambition and confidence that gave momentum to the women’s suffrage movement.

This should a very interesting program, so bring a friend and enjoy the evening.

Dinner Menu

Milburn Golf and Country Club will serve the following meal at our dinner meeting: Sautéed
salmon with lemon butter sauce, rice pilaf, and vegetable medley. Dessert will be S’mores Bread Pudding. All dinners are served with house salad with Milbum house dressing, sliced bread, iced tea, water, and coffee.

April 2023 Meeting

Dr. William Garrett Piston spoke about the book that he co-authored with Tom Sweeney titled: Portraits of Conflict:    A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War. This book was published in 2009.

Dr. Piston retired from the Department of History at Missouri State University in 1987, having taught courses on the Civil War and American military history for twenty-nine years.

Click here for a summary of Dr. Piston's program.

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.

Civil War Round Table Member Directory

The latest CWRT-KC Membership Roster is dated October 19, 2022.

Renew Your Membership

Click here to get the membership renewal form. The membership dues go to pay for our speakers' travel costs, our administrative expenses, and contributions for Civil War battlefield preservation. Membership dues for next year are the same as they were for this year: $35 for an individual or $55 for a couple. There are currently 107 members in the Round Table. Thank you for supporting the Round Table.

Book Auction

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 books will be auctioned:

  • Battles & Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 1: The Opening Battles: Castle reprint. In excellent condition with dust jacket and mylar cover.
  • History of the Civil War: Reprint of the 1912 publication by Fairfax Press. Includes 737 Mathew Brady Photographs. In excellent condition with dust jacket.
  • Frontier Governor Samuel J. Crawford of Kansas:    Crawford served as Governor of Kansas from 1864-1866. This book was published in 1971 and is a first edtion. It is also signed by the author Mark A. Plummer.
  • Missouri Sketch Book: Edited by Clifton C. Edom. Hardback 1st Edition, 1963. In excellent condtion.

In Memoriam (Archives)

Remembering Rev. Dr. Herman Hattaway

Rev. Dr. Herman Hattaway passed away at the age of 84 on March 31, 2023. For 34 years he was a professor of history and religious studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Dr. Hattaway was a speaker at many Civil War Round Table meetings. Our Round Table presented Dr. Hattaway with the Harry S. Truman Award in 1986. He was a mentor to other Civil War historians including Dr. William Garrett Piston and Dr. Ethan Rafuse, two of our speakers this year. Read more about Dr. Hattaway in our memoriam archives.

Member News

My Visit to Harpers Ferry

by Lane Smith

I recently vacationed with my older brother from Pittsburgh PA. The trip was two fold:

  • I wanted to drive to West Virginia, which we did, traveling over a thousand miles, on two lane highways, in five days with many tourist stops, including Ft. Necessity, Monticello, Harpers Ferry (see Photos 1 and 2), a coal mine museum in Beckley WV, the capitol of WV at Charleston to include the capitol museum, and an oil & gas museum at Parkersburg WV. West Virginia is a beautiful state to travel.
  • I also wanted to visit Charles Town WV to see if there was historical data concerning the trial and execution of John Brown.

This is a link to the complete article about Lane Smith's Visit to Harpers Ferry.

New Members

These photographs were taken at recent Round Table dinner meetings . Please introduce yourselves and welcome our new members.

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.

Civil War Round Table of Kansas City
4125 NW Willow DR
Kansas City, MO 64116

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