Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings

See list of meeting dates and speakers below for our 2016-2017 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 $50.00 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. When you make your dinner reservation, please be sure to indicate your entrée choice.

Please make reservations your reservation in advance by emailing DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org with the names of your party and choice of entre'e or calling (630) 460-1865

Cancellations: email us at DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org  or call (630) 460-1865

Entrée choices are:
   Chicken Teryaki

February 10th, 2017
Bob O'Neill:

Cavalry During the Peninsula Campaign

The contributions and sacrifices of the cavalry in the 1862 Peninsula Campaign are, generally, marginalized, if not ignored, in most campaign studies. Historians tend to focus on two events involving the cavalry – Brig. Gen. Jeb Stuart’s “Ride around McClellan” and Brig. Gen. Philip St. George Cooke’s cavalry charge at Gaines’ Mill – while excluding other contributions. Stuart’s Ride in mid-June catapulted Stuart and his cavalry into the national spotlight, and rightly so. The information gathered by Stuart allowed Gen. Robert E. Lee to plan the strategy which drove Maj. Gen. George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac from Richmond’s doorstep. Stuart’s escape humiliated the Union cavalry. Cooke’s Charge at Gaines Mill, on June 27, only furthered the disdain directed at the Union troopers.

Focusing on aspects of the campaign which may not be covered during the spring tour, Bob O’Neill will highlight several lesser known challenges, events and locations, including Union cavalry storming fixed fortifications near Williamsburg, the occupation and later evacuation of White House, the advance to Richmond, the Hanover Expedition, the Union cavalry’s vital delaying actions on June 26, as well as the Union cavalry’s amphibious operations and Stuart’s battle with the U.S. Navy. He will also discuss how prewar animosity may have doomed Union cavalry efforts during Stuart’s Ride as well as the battle of Gaines’ Mill.

Bob O’Neill grew up in Detroit, Michigan, before moving to Northern Virginia in 1977. Bob has published 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.

He has also published articles for Virginia Country’s Civil War, Blue & Gray, North & South, Gettysburg Magazine and Little Big Horn Associates Research Review. He has guided numerous tours of the cavalry battlefields in the Loudoun Valley, as well as several Custer related tours in Montana, Wyoming and Kansas. Bob now runs a Civil War Cavalry Blog at smallbutimportantriots.com

For our 2016-17 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:

Sept. 9th: Steve Quick on The C.S.S. Hunley

Oct. 14th: Lance Herdegen, Nevins-Freeman Address

Nov. 11th: Dave Connon on Iowa Copperheads

Dec. 9th: Bjorn Skaptasan on Ambrose Bierce at Shiloh

Jan. 13th, 2017: Richard Sommers on Lessons in Leadership in the Petersburg Campaign

Feb. 10th: Bob O'Neil on Cavalry During the Peninsula Campaign

Mar. 10th: Paul Kahan on Simon Cameron, Lincoln's First Secretary of War

Apr. 14th: Diane Smith on Command Conflict in the Overland Campaign

May 12th: Connie Hansen presents a First Person Portrayal of Jennie Wade's mother

June 9th: Don Sender on Custer and the Little Big Horn Campaign