The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia was founded in 1951 with authors Bruce Catton and Virgil Carrington "Pat" Jones among its founding members. Its purpose is to stimulate and expand interest in the military, political and sociological history of the United States and particularly the Civil War. It is also committed to preserving historical sites and landmarks through initiatives such as, among others, its annual Edwin C. Bearss Award. Among its achievements, the Round Table spawned the National Civil War Centennial Commission. 

The Round Table meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September to June at the Fort Lesley J. McNair Officers' Club in Washington, D.C. (formerly the Washington Arsenal and the execution site for the Lincoln conspirators). We have dinner followed by a presentation by a noted author or scholar on a topic related to the U.S. Civil War.  Recent speakers include: Ed Bearss, Frank Cooling, Fergus Bordewich, Buzz Carnahan, Bud Robertson, Edna Greene Medford, Greg Mertz, Chandra Manning, Frank O'Reilly, Gary Adelman and Gail Stephens, to name only a few.

We welcome members and non-members alike -- whether you are a Civil War history buff or have only recently begun studying this conflict -- to join us for dinner and the speaker presentation. Reservations are required for dinner and a fee is charged. Or you are welcome to skip dinner and only attend the speaker presentation. For more information about our meetings and for directions, click on the "MEETINGS AND SPEAKERS" tab above. 

The Round Table also sponsors visits to battlefield sites, an annual tour, and other events.  Recent tours have featured Vicksburg, Chancellorsville, the Lost Avenue, Appomattox, Chickamauga, the Valley Campaign, Antietam, Petersburg, Culp's Hill and Daniel Lady Farm, and many more.

Please click on one of the tabs in the menu bar above to learn about our group and for more information about our dinners, speakers, newsletters, events, tours, history, and membership. Or contact us at admin@cwrtdc.org with any questions.

Schedule of Meeting Speakers 2014-2015
DATE               SPEAKER              TENTATIVE TOPIC
Sept. 9, 2014       William Hewitt             Command Decisions
                                                                                 at Gettysburg      
Oct. 14, 2014        Ed Bearss                   The Overland Campaign
Nov. 11, 2014       Ed Bonekemper III     1864-65 Western Campaign
Dec. 9, 2014         Brian Steel Wills         George Thomas 
                                                                                and Nathan Bedford
Jan. 13, 2015       Elizabeth Varon        Appomattox
Feb. 10, 2015      TBD                              TBD 
Mar. 10, 2015      TBD                              TBD
Apr. 14, 2015       TBD                              TBD
May 12, 2015       TBD                              TBD
June 9, 2015       Clark Hall                     Federal Cavalry, 1864-65

Schedule of Meeting Speakers 2013-2014

DATE               SPEAKER              TENTATIVE TOPIC

Sept. 10, 2013     Charles Ross             CW Acoustic Shadows
Oct. 8, 2013         Gregory Elder            Intelligence in the Civil War
Nov. 12, 2013      Burrus Carnahan       Lincoln and the Law of War
Dec. 10, 2013      Ed Bearss                   Cancelled due to weather
Jan. 14, 2014      Anne Sarah Rubin      Sherman's March
Feb. 11, 2014      Gordon Berg               N. B. Forrest at Tupelo
Mar. 11, 2014      W. Stuart Towns         Enduring Legacy: 
                                                                         The Lost Cause Myth
Apr. 8, 2014        Ken Heineman            The Ewing Family of Ohio
May 13, 2014      Robert Lee Hodge      Confederates in the Attic
June 10, 2014    Gail Stephens             The Battle of Monocacy

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