DUE TO STORM, Feb. 9th, 2018 Meeting has been postponed to Feb. 23rd

Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings

See list of meeting dates and speakers below for our 2017-2018 program year.

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 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 has gone to a buffet style dinner for 2017-2018. The buffet will include caeser salad, pasta, garlic bread, two meats (grilled chicken, meat balls, or Italian sausage) and dessert.

Feb. 9, 2018
Lawrence Lee Hewitt:

Confederate General Richard Anderson

If asked to name the six lieutenant generals who served under Robert E. Lee in the Army of Northern Virginia, Jackson, Longstreet, A. P. Hill, Ewell, and Early, would probably be followed by Gordon. Yet, the sixth was Richard Heron Anderson in terms of seniority, but not ability. The ranking Confederate officer appointed from South Carolina, he was a West Point graduate, Mexican War veteran, and commanded U.S. regulars in their only engagement with abolitionists. He was second in command to Beauregard at Charleston when the war commenced and to Bragg at Pensacola until being arrested in January of 1862. Transferred to Virginia, he commanded a brigade of South Carolinians during the siege of Yorktown. He distinguished himself at Williamsburg and earned the sobriquet “Fighting Dick” for his performance at Seven Pines. During the Seven Days he commanded Longstreet’s Division. Promoted major general in July, he was given Huger’s Division. He was at Second Manassas, Harper’s Ferry, and received his second wound of the war at Sharpsburg. He recovered in time for Fredericksburg, and continued to distinguish himself during the Chancellorsville Campaign.

Despite a mediocre performance at Gettysburg, Lee called upon him to take charge of the 1st Corps when Longstreet was wounded in the Wilderness. Following the Overland Campaign he reinforced Early in the Shenandoah Valley. When Longstreet returned to duty, Lee gave Anderson the 4th Corps, Beauregard’s old command. He managed to escape capture at Little Sailor’s Creek only to be relieved two days later. It was a precursor to his postwar career.

Lawrence Lee Hewitt, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, received his B.A. (1974) from the University of Kentucky and his M.A. (1977) and Ph.D. (1984) from Louisiana State University. He was the manager of the Port Hudson (1978-1982) and Camp Moore (1982-1986) Historic Sites in Louisiana and taught at Southeastern Louisiana University (1985-1996). He was a tenured full professor when he resigned to marry a native of Chicago, where he currently resides. The 2013 recipient of the Nevins-Freeman Award, he is a past president of the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table. His publications include Port Hudson, Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi (1987), The Confederate High Command… (1990), Leadership During the Civil War… (1992), Louisianians in the Civil War (2002), Kentuckians in Gray (2008), four volumes of Confederate Generals in the Western Theater (2010-2017), Lee and His Generals: Essays in Honor of T. Harry Williams (2012), two volumes of Confederate Generals in the Trans-Mississippi (2013, 2015), and, To Succeed or Perish: The Diaries of Sergeant Edmund Trent Eggleston, 1st Mississippi Light Artillery Regiment, CSA (2015), which won the 2016 General Basil W. Duke Literary Award. A third volume of Confederate Generals in the Trans-Mississippi will be out in 2018. He recently finished a history of Port Hudson Civil War photographs and is writing biographies of Richard Heron Anderson and David Glasgow Farragut and researching a history of the 14th Louisiana Infantry and the siege of Port Hudson.

For our 2017-18 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:

Sept. 8th: Ed Bonekemper on False Remembrance of the Civil War, The Myth of the Lost Cause
Oct. 13th: Dave Powell on Chickamauga
Nov. 10th: Tom Clemens on Special Order 191 and the Maryland Campaign
Dec. 8th: David Dixon on The Lost Gettsyburg Address
Jan. 12th: Bruce Allardice on The Battle of Ezra Church
Feb. 9th: Larry Hewitt on Confederate General Richard Anderson
Mar. 9th: Robert Jenkins on Peach Tree Creek
Apr. 13th: John Marszalek, Nevins-Freeman Address
May 11th: Joseph Rose on Grant Under Fire
June 8th: Dennis Rasbach on Joshua Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign