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 2015-2016 program year.

Our meetings now take place at the Holiday Inn O'Hare, 5615 N. Cumberland, Chicago, IL 60631. Parking is FREE.

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 $50 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 DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org.

Dinner reservations should be received by Sunday 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 11, 2015

Keller Dave Keller on:
“Camp Douglas“

Opened in 1861, Camp Douglas was a Union training and reception facility for over 40,000 Union soldiers in Chicago. Camp Douglas became a prison camp, housing over 30,000 Confederate prisoners, from 1862 until it was demolished in 1865. Containing over 200 buildings on 60 acres, Camp Douglas was the most significant Civil War facility in Northern Illinois.

On Dec. 11th, Dave Keller, Managing Director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation Board of Directors will present a history of the history of Camp Douglas and Camp Douglas stories from diaries and journals of Confederate prisoners of the Camp. The presentation includes information on conditions and loss of life at the camp, current status of the camp’s site, and work done by the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation to provide a lasting remembrance of Camp Douglas.

David Keller is a long time resident of Chicago and an amateur historian. Mr. Keller’s professional life included various executive positions at Chicago area commercial banks. Currently he is a respected expert witness in banking matters throughout the country. Retired since 2002, he devotes much of his time to volunteer activities including the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago History Museum and American Youth Soccer Organization. David’s interest in Camp Douglas comes from his interest in the Civil War, Civil War Prison Camps and 19th century Chicago history. The founder of the Foundation, Mr. Keller is in demand as a speaker on the Civil War and Camp Douglas and has written a two books, The Story of Camp Douglas, Chicago’s Forgotten Civil War Prison and Robert Anderson Bagby, Civil War Diary (Annotated) 1863-1865.

Entrée choices are:
Chicken New Orleans style
Vegetarian or Fruit Plates

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For our 2015-16 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:

Sept. 11th: Dale Phillips on The Capture of New Orleans

Oct. 9th: Dennis Frye, Nevins-Freeman Award Address on John Brown: The Spark that Ignited the War

Nov. 13th: Philip Leigh on Trading with the Enemy

Dec. 11th: Dave Keller on Camp Douglas

Jan. 8th, 2016: David Moore on William S. Rosecrans

Feb. 12th: Don Doyle on The Cause of All Nations

Mar. 11th: Bruce Kraig on Why the Civil War Made our Modern Food

Apr. 8th: Greg Biggs on Nashville: Siren's Song of the Confederacy

May 13th: Glenna Schroeder-Lein on The Soldiers' Home in Civil War America

June 10th: Dale Phillips Ben Butler and the Federal Occupation of New Orleans

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