Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings.
Attend the dinner and presentation, or just the presentation.
Recordings of many of the meetings are available for a small charge, click here for a printable list of Recorded Meetings
We meet September through June, generally on the second Friday evening of each month.
See list of meeting dates and speakers below for our 2014-2015 program year.
Our meetings take place at the Mart Plaza Holiday Inn, 350 N. Orleans Street, Chicago, IL 60654. Validated hotel parking is $14.
Click here for a map and directions to the Holiday Inn
5:30 pm Cash Bar, 6:30 pm Dinner, 7:30 pm Presentation
Dinner/Presentation is $49 per person – There is always a choice of entrée. (Entrée options are listed below.) Make checks payable to "The Civil War Round Table".
Presentation only is $10 per person. Payable at the door, cash or check. Be there by 7:15.
Please make your reservation in advance by contacting us at (630)460-1865 or
Dinner reservations should be received by Wednesday evening prior to the meeting. When you make your dinner reservation, please be sure to indicate your entrée choice.
Presentation only reservations are appreciated but not required to attend.
January 9, 2015
John Horn on:
“George Barnard and the 12th Virginia Infantry“
George S. Bernard was a Petersburg lawyer and a member of the 12th Virginia
Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Over the course of his life, Bernard
wrote extensively about his wartime experiences and collected accounts from
other veterans. In 1892, he published War Talks of Confederate Veterans, a
collection of firsthand accounts focusing on the battles and campaigns of the
12th Virginia that is widely read to this day and was intended as part of a history
of that regiment. Bernard prepared a second volume but was never able to
publish it. After his death in 1912, his papers became scattered or simply lost.
But a series of finds, culminating with the discovery of a cache of papers in
Roanoke in 2004, have made it possible to reconstruct a complete manuscript
of the unpublished second volume. John Horn has performed that task.
The resulting book, Civil War Talks, contains speeches, letters, Bernard's wartime
diary, and other firsthand accounts of the war not only by veterans of the
Confederacy, such as Gen. William Mahone, but by Union veterans as well. Their
personal stories cover the major military campaigns in Virginia, Maryland and
Pennsylvania--Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, Gettysburg, The Wilderness,
Spotsylvania, Petersburg, and Appomattox.
For the general reader, this volume offers evocative testimonies focusing on the
experiences of individual soldiers. For scholars, it provides convenient access to
many accounts that, until now, have not been widely available or have been
A native of Illinois, John Horn received a B.A. in English and Latin from
New College (Sarasota, Florida) in 1973 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School
in 1976. He has practiced law in the Chicago area since graduation, occasionally
holding local public office, and living in Oak Forest with his wife and law
partner, H. Elizabeth Kelley, a native of Richmond, Virginia. They have three
children. He and his wife travel to the Old Dominion each year to visit relatives,
battlefields, and various archives.
He has published articles in Civil War Times, Illustrated and America’s Civil
War, and his books include The Destruction of the Weldon Railroad and The Petersburg
Campaign. With Hampton Newsome (author of Richmond Must Fall) and Dr.
John G. Selby (author of Virginians at War), Horn co-edited Civil War Talks: The
Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard & His Fellow Veterans.
Entrée choices are:
Vegetarian or Fruit Plates
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For our 2014-15 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:
Frank Varney on General Grant and the Rewriting of History
Mark Bradley on Joe Hooker, O. O. Howard, and the Atlanta Campaign of 1864
Steve Towne on How Army Intelligence Foiled Confederate Plots in Chicago
Jim Ogden Nevins-Freeman Address
Jan. 9th, 2015
John Horn on George Barnard and the 12th Virginia Infantry
Leslie Goddard on Gone With the Wind and the Construction of Civil War Memory
Tom Huntington on Searching for George Gordon Meade
Michael Burlingame on The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln
Eric Leonard on Cartel, Code, and Consequences at Andersonville
Gary Adelman 4D Civil War Photography Extravaganza
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