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2018 Battlefield Tour - Atlanta Campaign
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2018
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: Paul Kahan on "The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War's Legacy"
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

2019
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. __, Chicago CWRT: Janet Croon on "The War Outside My Window"
Sept. 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Tate Masur on "They Knew Lincoln"
Oct. __, Chicago CWRT: Jim Lighthizer on "Battlefield Preservation"
Oct. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Don White on "Women of the Civil War"
Nov. __, Chicago CWRT: Ethan Rafuse on "The Valley Campaign of 1862"
Nov. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Janet Croon on "The War Outside My Window"
Dec. __, Chicago CWRT: Dan Weinberg on "Artifacts I Have Encountered"

2020
Jan. __, Chicago CWRT: TBD
Feb. __, Chicago CWRT: TBD
Mar. __, Chicago CWRT: David Sutherland on "VMI's Civil War Legacy"
Apr. __, Chicago CWRT: Michael Shaffer on "Recollections of the 1st Virginia Cavalry"
May. __, Chicago CWRT: Wil Greene on "The Petersburg Campaign"
June __, Chicago CWRT: Brian Wills on "George Henry Thomas"
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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