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.
November 14, 2014
Steve Towne on:
“How Army Intelligence Foiled Confederate Plots in Chicago“
The U.S. Army responded to growing threats to its integrity arising from desertion, draft dodging, and armed resistance to the draft in the Midwest during the Civil War by creating detective bureaus to collect intelligence on armed secret organizations that impeded the Union war effort. Army detectives and spies successfully infiltrated these groups and foiled plots to raise insurrection and release Confederate POWs. On Nov. 14th Stephen Towne will discuss the growth of these Army intelligence operations. His specific topic will be the so-called "Chicago Conspiracy," the Confederate effort in 1864 to free the Camp Douglas prisoners.
Stephen E. Towne is Associate University Archivist at IUPUI. He has published extensively on Civil War-related topics, specializing in politics in Indiana and surrounding Midwestern states in the North during the rebellion. He is the author of several articles published in scholarly journals, and editor of A Fierce, Wild Joy: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Edward J. Wood, 48th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment (University of Tennessee Press, 2007), and co-editor with Richard F. Nation of Indiana's War: The Civil War in Documents (Ohio University Press, 2009). His latest book, Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War: Exposing Confederate Conspiracies in America’s Heartland, is forthcoming from Ohio University Press.
Entrée choices are:
Baked Orange Roughy
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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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