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.

Nov. 10, 2017
Tom Clemens:

Special Order 191 and the Maryland Campaign

When a stray copy of Order 191, which detailed the positions and intentions of Lee's dispersed army, was picked up by two Indiana enlisted men in late 1862, Union General George McClellan was presented with a rare opportunity to destroy the Army of Northern Virginia piecemeal.

The famous Lost Order has been unique aspect of Gen. R. E. Lee's invasion in September 1862. Mystery still surrounds some aspects this famous document, and no small amount of controversy too. A close examination of the facts and theories regarding may yield some interesting conclusions, and will certainly provide stimulating discussion.

Dr. Thomas G. Clemens received his Bachelorís and Masterís degrees in history from Salisbury University, and his Doctorate in History Education from George Mason University, where he studied under noted Civil War historian Dr. Joseph L. Harsh. Tom came to Hagerstown in 1978 and spent most of his 34 year career at HCC teaching American History, retiring in 2012. He has written many book reviews, magazine articles and appeared in several television shows focused on Civil War topics. He edited and annotated General Ezra A. Carmanís 1,800 page narrative of the Maryland Campaign of September 1862, which has received awards from the Army Heritage Foundation; the third and final volume was released in March. His monograph about General Joseph K. F. Mansfield was published in Corps Commanders in Blue in 2014. His latest article, published in the June 2016 issue of Civil War Times, proved the Pry house at Antietam was never McClellanís Headquarters.

Tom is a founding member and current president of Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc., a non-profit historic preservation organization. In the past 2 years SHAF and the Civil War Trust have cooperated to purchase four properties and demolish six non-historic structures on the Antietam battlefield. More structures will be removed soon. He is also an NPS-approved Antietam Battlefield Guide, and a 30+ year volunteer there.



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 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