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 for 2013-2014 

DATE                  SPEAKER                   TENTATIVE TOPIC

Sept. 10, 2013    Charles Ross             Civil War 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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