Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings

NOTICE: Meetings for the 2021-22 Year will be in-person at the Holiday Inn O'Hare, but will also be simulcast on Zoom. Zoom details for each meeting will be emailed to members and also posted on the CWRT's Facebook page.


October 8th
David Dixon on The American Civil War: A Radical, International Revolution

On October 8th historian David Dixon will talk about an aspect of the Civil War not often discussed—the role of foreign, German transplants—based on the life of one of those immigrants, August Willich.

Dixon's latest book, Radical Warrior: August Willich's Journey from German Revolutionary to Union General (on which this talk is based) is the biography of a Prussian army officer who renounced his nobility and joined in the failed European revolutions of 1848. He emigrated to America, edited a daily labor newspaper in Cincinnati, and became one of the most accomplished generals in the Union Army. This story sheds new light on the contributions of 200,000 German-Americans who fought for the Union in the Civil War.

In an age of global social, economic, and political upheaval, transatlantic radicals helped affect America's second great revolution. For many recent immigrants, the nature and implications of that revolution turned not on Lincoln's relatively conservative goal of maintaining the national Union, but on issues of social justice, including slavery, free labor, and popular self-government. The Civil War was not simply a war to end sectional divides, but to restore the soul of the nation, revive the hopes of democrats worldwide, and defend human rights.

David Dixon earned his M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts in 2003. His first book, The Lost Gettysburg Address, told the unusual life story of Texas slaveholder Charles Anderson, whose speech followed Lincoln's at Gettysburg, but was never published. It turned up 140 years later in a cardboard box in Wyoming.

David has presented to more than sixty Civil War Round Tables from coast to coast. He hosts B-List History, a website that features obscure characters and their compelling stories at www.davidtdixon.com. David's latest book, published by the University of Tennessee Press, is the biography of German revolutionary and Union General August Willich. His current project is a biography that highlights the role of emotions in Southern allegiance in the Civil War.

For our 2021-2022 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:

Sept. 10th, 2021 Eric Wittenberg on Seceding from Secession: The Creation of West Virginia
Oct. 8th: David Dixon on August Willich
Nov. 12th: Tom Clemens on Joseph K. Mansfield
Dec. 10th: Dennis Doyle on Illinois Regiments at Gettysburg
Jan. 14th, 2022: Jen Murray on General Meade
Feb. 11th: Ann Durkin Keating on Juliette Kinzie, the Civil War, and the Making of Chicago
March 11th: Mark Laubacher on The USS Red Rover: Hospital of Firsts
Apr. 8th: Jeffrey Hunt on Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station and Mine Run
May 13th: Dr. Thomas Carson on Lincoln as Moral Exemplar
June 10th: Lauren Szady on TBD

Copies of recorded meetings are available for a small charge. Click here for a printable list of recorded meetings. More current meetings can be viewed on Youtube.

Our in-person meetings are held at:

Holiday Inn O'Hare
5615 N. Cumberland, Chicago, IL 60631
Parking at the Holiday Inn is FREE
Map and Directions

Dinner $40.00 Members and Non- Members
Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30

Presentation only is $10 per person.
Payable at the door, cash or check. Be there by 7:15. For those attending the presentation only, your reservation is appreciated but not required.
Dinner reservations should be received by Sunday evening prior to the meeting.
Please make your reservation in advance by emailing DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org with the names of your party or by calling (630) 460-1865
Cancellations: email us at DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org  or call (630) 460-1865

Dinner choices. The CWRT does a buffet style dinner. The buffet will include caeser salad, pasta, garlic bread, two meats (grilled chicken, meat balls, or Italian sausage) and dessert.