2018 Battlefield Tour - Atlanta Campaign
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May 19th, Salt Creek CWRT: Rev. Robert J. Miller on “For God, Church, and Country: Catholic Civil War Chaplains”
June 2nd, Northern Illinois CWRT Banquet: Wayne Motts on "The National Civil War Museum"
June 9th, Chicago CWRT: Don Sender on "Untold Facts of the Custer Debacle"
June 13th, McHenry County CWRT: Greg Biggs on "Nashville: Siren Song of the Confederacy"
June 16th, Salt Creek CWRT: Annual Banquet: Max Daniels and R.J. Lindsey present “Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt: Two War Presidents”
June 20th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dave Eisele as "General Lee at Gettysburg"
July 11th, McHenry County CWRT: Show and Tell
July 18th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Robert Dunkerly on "The Confederate Surrender at Greensboro"
Aug. 8th, McHenry County CWRT: Frank Crawford on "The Palmyra Massacre"
Aug. 15th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Ron Coddington on "Confederate Photography"
Sept. 6th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Jack Klasey gives a guided tour of the Kankakee County Historical Museum
Sept. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Ed Bonekemper on "False Remembrance of the Civil War, The Myth of the Lost Cause"
Sept. 12th, McHenry County CWRT: Gene Salecker on "Ruben Hatch"
Sept. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dave Dixon on "The Lost Gettysburg Address"
Sept. 23rd, Du Page County Fairgrounds: Chicagoland Civil War and Military Extravaganza
Oct. 4th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Rob Girardi on "Civil War Generals (and what they said about each other)"
Oct. 10th, McHenry County CWRT: Jerry Allen on "Wisconsin--Hotbed of Secession?"
Oct. 13th, Chicago CWRT: Dave Powell on "Chickamauga"
Oct. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dan Lee on "The Civil War in the Jackson Purchase"
Nov. 1st, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Doug Peterson and Jenny Goran portray "Meet the Vanishing Woman"
Nov. 10th, Chicago CWRT: Tom Clemens on "Antietam"
Nov. 14th, McHenry County CWRT: Doug Dammann on "Elmer Ellsworth and the Zouave Cadets"
Nov. 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Steve Worsham on "Collecting the Civil War"
Dec. 6th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Art Schumacher on "The Dashing Jeb Stuart"
Dec. 8th, Chicago CWRT: David Dixon on "Lost Gettsyburg Address"
Dec. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Doug Dammann on "Elmer Ellsworth and the Zouaves"

Jan. 3rd, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Gary Wright on "The Interesting Col. Wm. Oates"
Jan. 12th, 2018. Chicago CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "The Battle of Ezra Church"
Jan. 16th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Bjorn Skaptason on "Ambrose Bierce at Shiloh"
Feb. 7th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Phil Angelo on "What Really Happened at Fort Donelson"
Feb. 9th, Chicago CWRT: Larry Hewitt on "Confederate Generals"
Feb. 20th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Brian Sokolosky on "The Battle of Wise's Forks"
Mar. 7th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "Sherman's March"
Mar. 9th, Chicago CWRT: Robert Jenkins on "Peach Tree Creek"
Mar. 20th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Brian Dirck on "Lincoln in Indiana"
Apr. 4th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Ray Guttedorf on "The Colorado and New Mexico Territories in the Civil War"
Apr. 13th, Chicago CWRT: John Marszalek, Nevins-Freeman Address
Apr. 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dave Schultz on "The Union and Confederate Artillery at Pickett's Charge"
May 2nd, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Pat Wolgamot on "Black Confederates: Myths and Realities"
May 11th, Chicago CWRT: Joseph Rose on "Grant Under Fire"
May 15th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "Sherman's March"
June 6th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Party
June 8th, Chicago CWRT: TBD
June 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Marc Smith on "The Battles of Averasboro and Fayetteville"
Sept. 5th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Ray Wilson, TBA
Sept. 6th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Scott Buennemeyer on "The Mexican War, Prelude to 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.

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