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 $25. Other parking available at 437 N. Orleans.
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.
May 8, 2015
Eric Leonard on:
“Cartel, Code, and Consequences at Andersonville“
The challenge of managing military prisoners took both sides by surprise at the beginning of the war. Legal systems for handling prisoners shifted during the course of the conflict, leading to confined soldiers suffering terribly from overcrowding, poor sanitation, and inadequate food. Mismanagement by war-weary governments worsened matters. By the end of the war, a new legal framework existed which still protects military prisoners 150 years later. The treatment of prisoners of war during the Civil War remains one of the most controversial and poorly understood aspects of the conflict.
A public historian focused on sites of violence, tragedy and controversy, Eric Leonard has extensively studied 19th century executions and Civil War military prisons. He has been employed by the National Park Service since 1995, working at a wide variety of 19th century military sites including Fort Larned (KS), Fort Smith (AR), Arkansas Post and Andersonville.
Entrée choices are:
Baked Orange Roughy
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 My Search 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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