2018 Battlefield Tour - Atlanta Campaign
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June 8th, Chicago CWRT: Dennis Rasbach on "Joshua Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign"
June 12th, McHenry County CWRT: Frank Crawford on "Worden's Battalion"
June 14th, Springfield/Macoupin County CWRT: Larry Werline and Bob Davis present "29th US Colored Troops"
June 15th, Salt Creek CWRT: Annual Banquet, featuring Steve Acker on "Gettysburg: The Living Memorial"
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 "U.S. Grant and the Vicksburg Campaign"
Sept. 18th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Reg Ankrom portrays "Stephen A. Douglas"
Sept. 19th, Starved Rock CWRT in Ottawa: Ron Slack on "Big Bethel"
Sept. 21st, Salt Creek CWRT: Sam Blackwell on "The Ambush of the 8th PA Cavalry at Chancellorsville"
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 "The Civil War as an Indian War"
Oct. 16th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "Sherman's March to the Sea"
Oct. 17th, Starved Rock CWRT in Ottawa: IVHRRA on "Artifact Detecting"
Oct. 20th, Salt Creek CWRT: Rob Girardi on "Changing Memory of the Civil War"
Oct. 25th, South Suburban CWRT: Ted Karamanski on "Inland Waters as the Key to Civil War Victory"
Nov. 7th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Don Chamberlain on "The Gettysburg Address"
Nov. 9th, Chicago CWRT: Ethan Rafuse on "The Valley Campaign"
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"
Nov. 28th, Starved Rock CWRT in Ottawa: Dave Mathis on "Joshua Chamberlain"
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"
Dec. 20th, South Suburban CWRT: Holiday Party, at Aurelio's in Frankfort

Jan., Kankakee Valley CWRT: Debate on the Legality of Secession
Jan. 11th, Chicago CWRT: Bjorn Skaptasan on "Shiloh"
Jan. 15th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Steve Davis on "A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign"
Jan. 16th, Starved Rock CWRT in Ottawa: Drew Jessen on "The Flag on the Hilltop"
Jan. 24th, South Suburban CWRT: Lester Lindley on "The Impeachment of President Johnson"
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"
Feb. 20th, Starved Rock CWRT in Ottawa: Scott Buennemeyer on "Grant's Vicksburg Campaign"
Feb. 28th, South Suburban CWRT: Michael Kirschner on "The 2nd Wisconsin"
March, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Phil Angelo on "Mexico and the Civil War"
March 8th, Chicago CWRT: Horace Mewborn on "Col. Elijah White"
March 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Jim Pula on "Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps"
March 20th, Starved Rock CWRT in Ottawa: Chuck Sanders on "The W. H. L. Wallace Family"
March 28th, South Suburban CWRT: Ron Larson on "Wisconsin during the Civil War"
April 12th, Chicago CWRT: Brad Gottfried on "Maps of the Wilderness Campaign"
April 16th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Larry Tagg on "The Generals of Shiloh"
April 17th, Starved Rock CWRT in Ottawa: Scott Wallace on "Yellow Tavern"
April 25th, South Suburban CWRT: Phil Angelo on "Mexico and the Civil War"
May 10th, Chicago CWRT: John Horn on "The Petersburg Campaign"
May 15th, Starved Rock CWRT in Ottawa: Sarah Manz on "Quilt Symbols"
May 16th, South Suburban CWRT: Dennis Doyle on "Illinois Regiments at Gettysburg"
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: Bill Teschner portrays "General Sherman"
Aug. 20th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Douglas Stiles on "Abraham Lincoln's Watch"
Sept. 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Tate Masur on "They Knew Lincoln"
Oct. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Don White on "Women of the Civil War"
Nov. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Janet Croon on "The War Outside My Window"

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.

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