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September 2021

Little Roundtable Meeting – September 2

September 2, 2021 @ 11:15 am - 1:00 pm

The St. Louis Civil War Roundtable will resume its regular meetings in September. Watch this space for details. Our next Little Roundtable, a discussion group that meets at Miss Sheri’s Cafeteria, 5406 Southfield Center (near the intersection of South Lindbergh and Baptist Church Road), will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, September 2, at 11:15 a.m. The meeting lasts for an hour or two or until we get tired of talking. On September 25 there will be a reenactment of…

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The Civil War Career of James Burklow, Private in Battery K of the First Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery by Lance Geiger, The History Guy

September 22, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Civil War Career of James Burklow, Private in Battery K of the First Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery by Lance GeigerOn September 22, Lance Geiger returns to give a program entitled "The Civil War Career of James Burklow, Private in Battery K of the First Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery." Burklow’s unit was equipped with the quirky little two-pounder Woodruff cannon. He saw a good deal of action during the war and was a participant in the spectacular raid through Mississippi…

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October 2021

Civil Rights Legislation During the Reconstruction Era by Nick Sacco

October 27, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Reconstruction Era was in some ways the first sustained civil rights movement in United States history. As the nation tried to wrestle with difficult questions about establishing peace and national unity after the end of the American Civil War, many political leaders believed that expanding civil rights through constitutional amendments and legislation was necessary to maintaining the Union. In this presentation, Park Ranger Nick Sacco (Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site) will examine various laws that helped redefine citizenship,…

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December 2021

The City Class Ironclads: The Brown Water Navy that Saved the Union by Shawn Williams

December 1, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 1 at Royale Orleans, 2801 Telegraph Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner served about 6:15, and the program at about 7:30 p.m. Because of the holiday we will not be meeting in November. The speaker is Shawn Williams, whose program is “THE CITY CLASS IRONCLADS: The Brown Water Navy That Saved the Union.” Shawn will discuss the seven ironclads built by James B. Eads, the specifications of the ships, and what life…

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January 2022

The Importance of Civil Engineers During the Civil War by Robert Girardi

January 26 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Our speaker for January is Robert L. Girardi. Robert is a retired Chicago homicide detective—he must have a lot of stories about that!—but he is going to speak to our Roundtable about “The Importance of Civil Engineers During the Civil War.” We meet at Royale Orleans, 2801 Telegraph Road on January 26, 2022. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. To make sure we have enough food for everyone, please register for the meeting HERE. Members can also register by responding to…

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February 2022

MEETING CANCELLED! Robert Todd Lincoln’s Civil War(s) by Samuel Wheeler

February 23 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED When Robert Todd Lincoln graduated from Harvard in 1864 he was determined to join the Union ranks and “see something of the war for himself.”  Though he ended up spending less than two months in a Union uniform, he witnessed some of the war’s most iconic scenes, including the fall of Richmond, the surrender at Appomattox, and the horrific aftermath of the assassination.  His father’s murder marked the beginning of a series of “civil wars”…

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March 2022

Union Cavalry and Cavalry Tactics by Robert O’Neil

March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Robert O’Neill is a retired detective from Northern Virginia. Bob is the author of two books – Small But Important Riots, The Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville in 1993 and Chasing Jeb Stuart and John Mosby, The Union Cavalry in Northern Virginia from Second Manassas to Gettysburg in 2012. His latest book, a complete re-write of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville, will be published in 2022. He has led numerous tours of the cavalry battlefields in the Loudoun Valley,…

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April 2022

Robert E. Lee Returns to St. Louis by Thomas L. Jessee

April 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

General Ulysses S. Grant visited us last year. So it’s only fair to give General Robert E. Lee equal time. Join us on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 for “Robert E. Lee Returns to St. Louis” presented by Thomas Lee Jessee. We will meet in at the Affton Elks Lodge, 6333 Heege Road. Doors open at 5:30. Member, watch your email for reservation information; guests and others may register HERE. For those who cannot attend  in person, the meeting will be…

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May 2022

The Civil War in Statuary Hall by Gene Schmiel

May 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Our Speaker for May is Gene Schmiel who will be speaking about "The Civil War in Statuary Hall." Author/historian Schmiel discusses his recently published book focusing on the question, "Who Should be Memorialized in the U.S. Capitol?" Gene Schmiel is a retired U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer who also was an Assistant Professor of History at St. Francis University (PA). He holds a Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University. Gene has written 18 books about the Civil…

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