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.
555th Regular Meeting
Wednesday, September 20, 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, September 12th. To make a reservation, please contact Marlene Natoli.
September 2023 Meeting
Round Table member Dan Smith will give a program titled: “The Battle that Saved the Nation’s Capitol: Monocacy, July 9, 1864.”
The Valley Campaign of June 1864 to April 1865 was initiated by the Confederates out of necessity and yet is less well understood than other major Civil War operations. Gen. Robert E. Lee’s effort to relieve his embattled forces at Petersburg was a bold and daring plan under Gen. Jubal A. Early, which nearly succeeded beyond all expectations. Dan Smith’s talk will examine the details of this brief but bloody engagement
This should a very interesting program, so bring a friend and enjoy the evening.
Milburn Golf and Country Club will serve the following meal at our dinner meeting: Chili glaze salmon with rice pilaf and asparagus. Dessert will be Caramel Butterscotch cake. All dinners are served with house salad with Milbum house dressing, sliced bread, iced tea, water, and coffee.
August 2023 Meeting
Mr. Wayne E. Motts, President and CEO of the Gettysburg Foundation, will be giving a program about the George Spangler farm and Gettysburg field hospital.
Seized by Union forces of the 11th Army Corps on July 1, 1863, the previously tranquil farm of George Spangler was turned into an immense field hospital. This farm is the best preserved and interpreted hospital site not only from the Battle of Gettysburg, but also the American Civil War.
Join historian, guide, and author Wayne E. Motts as he presents the fascinating history of this significant property purchased by the Gettysburg Foundation in 2008 and subsequently preserved.
Click here for a summary of Wayne's program.
Round Table Now Accepting Digital Payments
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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 items will be auctioned:
- Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam by Stephen W. Sears. Published in 1983. First edtion. In mint condition with dust jacket and mylar cover.
- Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson. Published in 2002. First edition. In mint condition with dust jacket and mylar cover.
- Official Records of the Civil War, Volume 19, Parts I and II: 1985 reprint of 1887 Edition. Includes the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam. In mint condition.
- Framed Iconic Photograph: President Lincoln and General McClellan and staff after the Battle of Antietam in 1862.
Remembering Colonel Jack Brooks on D Day
The following writeup is from Round Table member Don Bates regarding Colonel Jack Brooks, who served as president of our Round Table in 1987 and again in 1990.
On June 6, 1944 Captain Jack Brooks took an Infantry company onto Normandy Beach. He was in the first wave to storm Omaha Beach. The assault had the most casualties on D-Day. "We lost 48 men”, Brooks said, referring to his company of 140 soldiers. "Our regiment of 3,200 troops lost 35 officers and 950 men on the first day." His Division was the Big Red One out of Ft. Riley, Kansas. He was promoted to Colonel and served a tour of duty in Korea and two tours in the Vietnam War, before retiring in 1966.
Colonel Brooks received a multitude of decorations. Most notably, in 2011, he was awarded the Knight of the French Foreign Legion of Honor for his service to the people of France by the French government in a ceremony at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth. This was for heroics on DDay, landing in the first wave on Omaha Beach with the Big Red One on June 6, 1944.
It was my absolute pleasure to pick Jack up and bring him to our Round Table meetings after he stopped driving. We always had meaningful conversations. Jack passed away January 13, 2020, at almost 100 years of age.
We would like to welcome new member Dr. Ethan S. Rafuse, with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Dr. Rafuse has been a speaker at several of our Round Table dinner meetings. He was given the Round Table’s highest honor, the Harry S. Truman Award, in 2019.
Judy Stanton, the wife of former member Roger Stanton, has generously donated 237 Civil War books to the Round Table. Roger was a big supporter of our Round Table by being the highest bidder during the live book auctions at our dinner meetings. Roger passed away on March 4, 2022.
These photographs were taken at recent Round Table dinner meetings . Please introduce yourselves and welcome our new members.
"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.