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 2013-2014 program year.
Our meetings take place at the Mart Plaza Holiday Inn, 350 N. Orleans Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Validated hotel parking is $12
Click here for a map and directions
5:30 pm Cash Bar, 6:30 pm Dinner, 7:30 pm Presentation
Dinner/Presentation is $47 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.
December 13, 2013
Kevin J. Weddle on:
“Lincoln's Tragic Admiral“
Kevin Weddle will discuss Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont. At the start of the Civil War, Du Pont was considered one of the finest officers in the US Navy. Yet a little more than two years into the war, he was disgraced, having been relieved of his command after his failed naval effort to take Charleston, SC. Today Du Pont is little more than a footnote. Kevin Weddle, Ph.D., Colonel (Retired), US Army, and Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the US Army War College, will talk about this all but forgotten officer who actually made a significant contribution to US Navy success before and during the war.
Kevin Weddle is Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He is a native Minnesotan, graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and served over 28 years as a combat engineer officer. Throughout his career he worked in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States and overseas and he is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Colonel Weddle holds masters degrees in history and civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. He has written numerous articles for popular and scholarly journals and his first book, Lincoln’s Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont (University of Virginia Press, 2005), won the 2006 William E. Colby Award, was runner up in the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize competition, and won the Army War College’s faculty writing award. He is currently writing a strategic history of the Saratoga campaign for the Oxford University Press.
Entrée choices are:
Vegetarian or Fruit Plate
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For the remainder of our 2013-14 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:
Jan. 10th, 2014
The Murder of General William 'Bull' Nelson
Feb. 14th, 2014
Mar. 14th, 2014
Apr. 11th, 2014
Last Chance for Victory
May 9th, 2014
June 13th, 2014
The War in Appalachia
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