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.

May 11, 2018
Joseph Rose:

Grant Under Fire

The recent publication of Ron Chernowís massive biography of U.S. Grant culminates the modern historical trend to laud Grant as a general and as a president. The latter proposition has attracted critics. Not so Grantís reputation as a general, which authors such as Ed Bonekemper have praised.

On May 11th, author Joseph Rose will contend that General U.S. Grantís vaunted military reputation is, in large part, undeserved. As opposed to his Personal Memoirs and the writings of his staff and other supporters, contemporary first person accounts and correspondence (often from Grant himself) convincingly show how he often blundered on the battlefield and then covered it up later. His extreme bias for or against various Union commander also damaged the country's war effort.

Declarations that Grant was not tactically surprised at Shiloh or that he ordered the Army of the Cumberland to ascend Missionary Ridge at Chattanooga sent the author to the New York Public Library in search of primary source materials on these and other battles. The talk will contend that Grant, and the numerous defenders of his generalship and character, have distorted the historical record.

Joseph A. Rose grew up reading his father's collection of military works (especially the West Point Atlas of American Wars), and other non-fiction. This began a life-long love of history and geography. During a career in healthcare management, he took a cross-country trip and visited battlefields of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Nothing was out of the ordinary, until internet discussions and debates on the Civil War Western Theater Discussion Board, demonstrated how history, especially in Ulysses S. Grant's case, could be terribly miswritten. Twelve years of research and writing have culminated in a groundbreaking book, Grant Under Fire, that comprehensively analyzes the controversies of the General's military career and after. Rigorously based on primary sources (and letting Grant convict himself by his own writing), the book is a necessary antidote to the ahistorical perspectives assumed by many past and current historians, both popular and academic.

Living in New York City, Mr. Rose holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the State University of New York at Albany (now the University at Albany) and a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from a joint program of Cornell University and Baruch College.

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 The Battle of 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