Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings

NOTICE: Meetings for the 2021-22 Year will be in-person at the Holiday Inn O'Hare, but will also be simulcast on Zoom. Zoom details for each meeting will be emailed to members via the newsletter and also posted on the CWRT's Facebook page.


December 10th
Dennis Doyle on Illinois Regiments at Gettysburg

During the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), there were three Illinois Regiments that served in the Army of Potomac. Those regiments were the 8th and 12th Illinois Cavalry and the 82nd Infantry Regiment, and a total of 1,027 men served during the Battle of Gettysburg. The three Illinois regiments suffered nine men killed during the battle, thirty-four men were wounded and ninety-six men were either missing or captured during the battle.

The total strength of the Army of Potomac was an estimated at 90,000 men and although Illinois contributed a small number to the Army of Potomac, they served with distinction and devotion during the three-day battle.

Both the 8th and 12th Illinois Cavalry would serve well on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, as Lt. Marcellus Jones would fire the first shot of the battle on the morning of July 01. The two regiments would later retreat through Gettysburg and protected the Army of Potomac's left flank on Cemetery Hill on the evening of July 01 and the morning of July 02.

Also present was the 82nd Illinois Regiment, which was comprised of mostly German born soldiers and many who were recruited from Chicago. Under the overall command of Major General Oliver Howard, the 82nd Illinois Regiment would serve in the 11th Corps.

On Dec. 12th Professor Dennis Doyle will present his thoughts on the Illinois Regiments at Gettysburg.

Dennis Doyle earned his BA from Colorado State University, and his MA in American History from American Public University. Since 1999 he has taught History and Sociology at Joliet Jr. College, in Joliet Illinois. Professor Doyle is President of the South Suburban Civil War Round Table, and Treasurer of the Chicago CWRT. A former college football player, he is a long time college and high school football referee.

For our 2021-2022 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:

Sept. 10th, 2021 Eric Wittenberg on Seceding from Secession: The Creation of West Virginia
Oct. 8th: David Dixon on August Willich
Nov. 12th: Tom Clemens on Joseph K. Mansfield
Dec. 10th: Dennis Doyle on Illinois Regiments at Gettysburg
Jan. 14th, 2022: Jen Murray on General Meade
Feb. 11th: Ann Durkin Keating on Juliette Kinzie, the Civil War, and the Making of Chicago
March 11th: Mark Laubacher on The USS Red Rover: Hospital of Firsts
Apr. 8th: Jeffrey Hunt on Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station and Mine Run
May 13th: Dr. Thomas Carson on Lincoln as Moral Exemplar
June 10th: Lauren Szady on TBD

Copies of recorded meetings are available for a small charge. Click here for a printable list of recorded meetings. More current meetings can be viewed on Youtube.

Our in-person meetings are held at:

Holiday Inn O'Hare
5615 N. Cumberland, Chicago, IL 60631
Parking at the Holiday Inn is FREE
Map and Directions

Dinner $40.00 Members and Non- Members
Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30

Presentation only is $10 per person.
Payable at the door, cash or check. Be there by 7:15. For those attending the presentation only, your reservation is appreciated but not required.
Dinner reservations should be received by Sunday evening prior to the meeting.
Please make your reservation in advance by emailing DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org with the names of your party or by calling (630) 460-1865
Cancellations: email us at DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org  or call (630) 460-1865

Dinner choices. The CWRT does a buffet style dinner. The buffet will include caeser salad, pasta, garlic bread, two meats (grilled chicken, meat balls, or Italian sausage) and dessert.