2018 Battlefield Tour - Atlanta Campaign
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Mar. 13th, McHenry County CWRT: Book Review night
Mar. 13th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: Chris Czopek on "Potawatomi Soldiers in the Civil War"
Mar. 15th, Champaign County CWRT: Rob Girardi on "Civil War Generals"
Mar. 15th, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Glenna Schroeder-Lein presents “A Civil War Veteran Goes on With His Life: James M. Taylor, 1865-1871”
Mar. 16th, Salt Creek CWRT: Charlie Banks on "The Battle of Monocacy"
Mar. 20th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Brian Dirck on "Lincoln in Indiana"
Mar. 22nd, South Suburban CWRT: Steve Thompson on "Coles County Volunteers"
Apr. 4th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Ray Guttendorf on "The Colorado and New Mexico Territories in the Civil War"
Apr. 6th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Dan Weinberg on "Facts About Abraham Lincoln"
Apr. 6th, Joliet Area Historical Museum: Bob Kuzma on "Will County in the Civi War"
Apr. 10th, McHenry County CWRT: Rob Giradi on TBD
Apr. 10th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: Dave Keller on "Camp Douglas--Chicago's Forgotten Civil War Prison"
Apr. 13th, Chicago CWRT: John Marszalek, Nevins-Freeman Address
Apr. 15th, Lincoln Death Day Ceremony in Springfield, with an address by Jerry Kowalski
Apr. 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dave Schultz on "The Union Artillery at Pickett's Charge"
Apr. 19/22, Association of Lincoln Presenters Convention in Freeport
Apr. 19th, Champaign County CWRT: Don Chamberlain on "The Great Locomotive Chase"
Apr. 20th, Salt Creek CWRT: Fred and Carole Miller on "The Clank of Arms to be Heard No More"
Apr. 26th, South Suburban CWRT: Dennis Doyle on "Colorado and the Western Territories during the Civil War"
Apr. 28th, DuPage County Fairgrounds: Civil War and Militaria Show
May 1-4th: Battlefield Balladeers perform at Midway Village Rockford, IL Civil War School Days
May 2nd, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Pat Wolgamot on "Black Confederates: Myths and Realities"
May 4th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Jon Sebastian on "The 1862 Mid-Term Elections"
May 5th, Champaign County CWRT: Kathryn Harris portrays Elizabeth Keckley
May 6th: Battlefield Balladeers perform at Downers Grove Public Library
May 8th: Battlefield Balladeers perform at Civil War School Days, South Middle School, Arlington Heights
May 8th, McHenry County CWRT: Mary Abroe on "Preservation at Antietam"
May 8th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: "Round Table Discussion on the Petersburg Campaign"
May 11th, Chicago CWRT: Joseph Rose on "Grant Under Fire"
May 15th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Jonathan White on "Midnight in America: Civil War Dreams"
May 17th, South Suburban CWRT: Lester Lindsay on "The Dred Scott Case"
May 17th, Springfield CWRT: McClernand Crawford on "The McClernand Family in Springfield, Illinois”
May 18th, Salt Creek CWRT: Dave Noe on "The Merrimac-Virginia Naval Battle"
May 19-20: Battlefield Balladeers perform at Naper Settlement Civil War Days
May 25th, North Shore Senior Center: Bruce Allardice on "Before the Chicago Cubs: Baseball Comes to the Windy City"
June 1st, Northern Illinois CWRT: Annual Banquet, featuring Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln (Max and Donna Daniels)
June 6th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Party
June 7th, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Kathleen Heyworth on "Camp Butler"
June 8th, Chicago CWRT: Dennis Rasbach on "Joshua Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign"
June 12th, McHenry County CWRT: Frank Crawford on TBD
June 14th, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Larry Werline and Bob Davis present "29th US Colored Troops"
June 15th, Salt Creek CWRT: TBD
June 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Mark Smith on "Battles of Averasboro and Fayetteville"
June 21st, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Brian Schmidt presents “Medal of Honor Recipient Samuel Hymer"
June 23rd: Battlefield Balladeers perform at Kenosha Civil War Museum
June 28th, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Sam Wheeler on "How Illinoisans Remember the Civil War"
June 30th-July 1st: Battlefield Balladeers perform at Lake County Discovery Museum Civil War Days, Wauconda
July 5th, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: John Alexander on "Grant Goes to War"
July 10th, McHenry County CWRT: Steve Acker on "Gettysburg in Memorial"
July 12th, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Laura Reyman on "Civil War Widows and Orphans"
July 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Leslie Goddard as "Mary Chesnut, Civil War Diarist"
July 19th, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Will Furry on "Illinois Historic Civil War Markers"
July 26th, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Bill Teshner and Larry Werline on "Grant and Sherman win the War"
Aug. 2nd, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Christian McWhirter on "Illinois Songwriters who helped win the Civil War"
Aug. 9th, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Reg Ankrum on "Stephen A. Douglas, Patriot"
Aug. 14th, McHenry County CWRT: Panel Discussion
Aug. 16th, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Bill Lear on "Original Illinois Civil War Flags"
Aug. 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Pamela Toller on "The Heroines of Mercy Street"
Aug. 23rd, South Suburban CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "The Election of 1864"
Aug. 23rd, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Panel Discussion on "Lincoln as Commander in Chief"
Sept. 5th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Bjorn Skaptasen on "National Military Parks"
Sept. 11th, McHenry County CWRT: Jack Hudson on "The Telegraph in the Civil War"
Sept. 11th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: Dennis Boggs on "President Lincoln's Search for the Right General"
Sept. 14th, Chicago CWRT: Tim Smith on TBD
Sept. 18th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Reg Ankrom portrays "Stephen A. Douglas"
Sept. 27th, South Suburban CWRT: Rob Girardi, TBD
Sept. 29th, DuPage County Fairgrounds: Civil War and Militaria Show
Sept. 29th: Battlefield Balladeers perform at Civil War Collectors Show, Du Page Fairgrounds, Wheaton
Oct. 3rd, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Scott Buennemeyer on "The Mexican War as Prelude to the Civil War"
Oct. 9th, McHenry County CWRT: Charlie Banks on "Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in the Civil War"
Oct. 9th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: Dr. Curt Fieldson "Ulysses S. Grant & the Vicksburg Campaign"
Oct. 12th, Chicago CWRT: Ted Karamanski on TBD
Oct. 16th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "Sherman's March to the Sea"
Oct. 19th, Salt Creek CWRT: Rob Girardi on "Changing Memory of the Civil War"
Nov. 7th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Don Chamberlain on "The Gettysburg Address"
Nov. 9th, Chicago CWRT: Ethan Rafuse on TBD
Nov. 13th, McHenry County CWRT: Gloria Swift on "Fort Pulaski"
Nov. 13th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: Scott Adrian on "Cannon Fodder to Cannon Masters: The 6th Michigan Volunteer Infantry that was converted to Heavy Artillery"
Nov. 20th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Jody Giesburg on "Sex in the Civil War"
Dec. 5th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Don Chamberlain on "Civil War Ironclads and Naval Battles"
Dec. 14th, Chicago CWRT: David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften on "Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason"
Dec. 18th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Theodore Saclarides on "Confederate Military Death Rates"

Jan., Kankakee Valley CWRT: Debate on the Legality of Secession
Jan. 11th, Chicago CWRT: Bjorn Skaptasan on TBD
Jan. 15th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Steve Davis on "A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign"
Feb., Kankakee Valley CWRT: Ray Wilson, TBD
Feb. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Rob Girardi on TBD
Feb. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Lee White on "Bushwacking on a Grand Scale: Chickamauga"
Mar., Kankakee Valley CWRT: Phil Angelo on "Mexico and the Civil War"
March 8th, Chicago CWRT: Horace Mewborn on TBD
March 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Jim Pula on "Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps"
April 12th, Chicago CWRT: Brad Gottfried on TBD
April 16th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Larry Tagg on "The Generals of Shiloh"
May 10th, Chicago CWRT: John Horn on TBD
May 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: John Scales on "The Battles of Nathan Bedford Forrest"
June 14th, Chicago CWRT: Greg Biggs: The Nevins-Freeman Address
June 18th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Chris Loperfido on "Death and Disease in the Civil War"
July 16th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Douglas Hurt on "Agriculture in the Civil War"

Speakers Bureau
Looking for a good presentation on the Civil War for your library, school, historical society, or civic group? The Coalition of CWRTs of Northern Illinois has put together a Speakers Bureau to help you find one.

Best of all, most presentations are FREE!! Click here for a Speaker Registry printable list, with details and contact information.

Virtual Book Signing
Bjorn Skaptason at the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop reminds us of their series of Virtual Book Signings. For more information on these and upcoming events, visit Virtual Book Signing or Abraham Lincoln Bookshop.


  • Paula Walker and Rob Girardi have published their biography of General Gouverneur K. Warren, "The Soldiers' General: Major General Gouverneur K. Warren and the Civil War".

  • Bruce Allardice and Wayne Wolf's new book, "Two Years Before the Paddlewheel Charles F. Gunther, Mississippi River Confederate" was published December of 2012.

  • Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Please Contact Us