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.
March 13, 2015
Tom Huntington on:
“My Search for George Gordon Meade“
Although in command of the Army of the Potomac for a mere three days before the battle, Major General George Gordon Meade managed to defeat Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia during three days of vicious fighting. The cantankerous general remained in command of the army for the rest of the war even as he watched his reputation decline. "I suppose after awhile it will be discovered I was not at Gettysburg at all," he griped in a letter to his wife.
Tom Huntinton's talk is titled "My Search for George Gordon Meade." He will tell about my own journey of discovery as he researched the story of the victor of Gettysburg and the reasons why he has largely disappeared from history books. Huntington will talk a bit about Meade's life, but also about the travels he made as he followed in Meade's footsteps. He visited the battlefields where he fought, but also museums and cemeteries with links to Meade. He visited a buried arm, a severed leg, and a horse's head, and he talked to park rangers, curators, preservationists, historians, and people who have found their passion in Civil War history.
Tom Huntington is the author of Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg, as well as Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments, Pennsylvania Civil War Trails, and Ben Franklin’s Philadelphia. He is also the former editor of American History and Historic Traveler magazines, and his writing has appeared in many publications, including Smithsonian, Air & Space, American Heritage, Invention & Technology, British Heritage, and Yankee. He lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Beth Ann, and two children.
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 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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