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.

Sept. 8, 2017
Ed Bonekemper:

False Remembrance of the Civil War, The Myth of the Lost Cause

The former Confederate states have continually mythologized the South’s defeat to the North, depicting the Civil War as unnecessary, or as a fight over states’ Constitutional rights, or as a David v. Goliath struggle in which the North waged “total war” over an underdog South. In The Myth of the Lost Cause, historian Edward Bonekemper deconstructs this multi-faceted myth, revealing the truth about the war that nearly tore the nation apart 150 years ago.

Edward H. Bonekemper, III earned a B.A. in history from Muhlenberg College, an M.A. in history at Old Dominion University, and graduated from Yale Law School. He has authored numerous books on the Civil War, including Grant and Lee: Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian, McClellan and Failure: A Study of Civil War Fear, Incompetence and Worse, A Victor, Not a Butcher: Ulysses S. Grant’s Overlooked Military Genius, How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War(/u>, and Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War. His latest book, The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South fought the Civil War and Why the North Won, is the subject of his Sept. 8th Chicago talk. Ed’s taught courses in U.S. Military history, the American Civil War, and World War II at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.

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 Generals
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