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2018 Battlefield Tour - Atlanta Campaign
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Grapeshot

Grapeshot


2017

Aug. 8th, McHenry County CWRT: Frank Crawford on "The Palmyra Massacre"
Aug. 15th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Ron Coddington on "Confederate Photography"
Sept. 6th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Jack Klasey gives a guided tour of the Kankakee County Historical Museum
Sept. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Ed Bonekemper on "False Remembrance of the Civil War, The Myth of the Lost Cause"
Sept. 12th, McHenry County CWRT: Gene Salecker on "Ruben Hatch"
Sept. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dave Dixon on "The Lost Gettysburg Address"
Sept. 23rd, Du Page County Fairgrounds: Chicagoland Civil War and Military Extravaganza
Oct. 4th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Rob Girardi on "Civil War Generals (and what they said about each other)"
Oct. 10th, McHenry County CWRT: Jerry Allen on "Wisconsin--Hotbed of Secession?"
Oct. 13th, Chicago CWRT: Dave Powell on "Chickamauga"
Oct. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dan Lee on "The Civil War in the Jackson Purchase"
Nov. 1st, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Doug Peterson and Jenny Goran portray "Meet the Vanishing Woman"
Nov. 10th, Chicago CWRT: Tom Clemens on "Antietam"
Nov. 14th, McHenry County CWRT: Doug Dammann on "Elmer Ellsworth and the Zouave Cadets"
Nov. 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Steve Worsham on "Collecting the Civil War"
Dec. 6th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Art Schumacher on "The Dashing Jeb Stuart"
Dec. 8th, Chicago CWRT: David Dixon on "Lost Gettsyburg Address"
Dec. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Doug Dammann on "Elmer Ellsworth and the Zouaves"

2018
Jan. 3rd, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Gary Wright on "The Interesting Col. Wm. Oates"
Jan. 12th, Chicago CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "The Battle of Ezra Church"
Jan. 16th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Bjorn Skaptason on "Ambrose Bierce at Shiloh"
Feb. 7th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Phil Angelo on "What Really Happened at Fort Donelson"
Feb. 9th, Chicago CWRT: Larry Hewitt on "Confederate Generals"
Feb. 20th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Brian Sokolosky on "The Battle of Wise's Forks"
Mar. 7th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "Sherman's March"
Mar. 9th, Chicago CWRT: Robert Jenkins on "Peach Tree Creek"
Mar. 20th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Brian Dirck on "Lincoln in Indiana"
Apr. 4th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Ray Guttedorf on "The Colorado and New Mexico Territories in the Civil War"
Apr. 13th, Chicago CWRT: John Marszalek, Nevins-Freeman Address
Apr. 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dave Schultz on "The Union and Confederate Artillery at Pickett's Charge"
May 2nd, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Pat Wolgamot on "Black Confederates: Myths and Realities"
May 11th, Chicago CWRT: Joseph Rose on "Grant Under Fire"
May 15th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "Sherman's March"
June 6th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Party
June 8th, Chicago CWRT: Dennis Rasbach on "Joshua Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign"
June 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Leslie Goddard as "Mary Chesnut, Civil War Diarist"
Aug. 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Pamela Toler on "The Heroines of Mercy Street"
Sept. 5th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Ray Wilson, TBA
Sept. 6th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Scott Buennemeyer on "The Mexican War, Prelude to the Civil War"
Sept., Chicago CWRT: Tim Smith on TBD
Oct., Chicago CWRT: Ted Karamanski on TBD
Nov., Chicago CWRT: Ethan Rafuse on TBD
Dec., Chicago CWRT: David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften on "Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason"

2019
Jan., Chicago CWRT: Bjorn Skaptasan on TBD
Feb., Chicago CWRT: Rob Girardi on TBD
March, Chicago CWRT: Horace Mewborn on TBD
April, Chicago CWRT: Brad Gottfried on TBD
May, Chicago CWRT: John Horn on TBD
June, Chicago CWRT: Greg Biggs: The Nevins-Freeman Address on TBD

Speakers Bureau
Looking for a good presentation on the Civil War for your library, school, historical society, or civic group? The Coalition of CWRTs of Northern Illinois has put together a Speakers Bureau to help you find one.

Best of all, most presentations are FREE!! Click here for a Speaker Registry printable list, with details and contact information.

Virtual Book Signing
Bjorn Skaptason at the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop reminds us of their series of Virtual Book Signings. For more information on these and upcoming events, visit Virtual Book Signing or Abraham Lincoln Bookshop.

Publications:

  • Paula Walker and Rob Girardi have published their biography of General Gouverneur K. Warren, "The Soldiers' General: Major General Gouverneur K. Warren and the Civil War".

  • Bruce Allardice and Wayne Wolf's new book, "Two Years Before the Paddlewheel Charles F. Gunther, Mississippi River Confederate" was published December of 2012.


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