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2018 Battlefield Tour - Atlanta Campaign
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2018
Jan. 3rd, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Gary Wright on "The Interesting Col. Wm. Oates"
Jan. 5th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Wayne Rhine on "The Cushing Brothers"
Jan. 12th, Chicago CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "The Battle of Ezra Church"
Jan. 16th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Bjorn Skaptason on "Ambrose Bierce at Shiloh"
Jan. 19th, Salt Creek CWRT: Don Sender on "Untold Facts of the Custer Debacle"
Jan. 25th, South Suburban CWRT: Don White on "Women and the Civil War"
Feb. 2nd, Northern Illinois CWRT: Bruce Allardice, "Conscription and the Civil War"
Feb. 7th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Phil Angelo on "What Really Happened at Fort Donelson"
Feb. 9th, Chicago CWRT: Larry Hewitt on "Confederate General Richard Anderson"
Feb. 16th, Salt Creek CWRT: Art Foley on "Henry Hunt at Gettysburg"
Feb. 19th, Zion Genealogical Society: Bruce Allardice on "The Election of 1864"
Feb. 20th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Wade Sokolosky on "The Battle of Wise's Forks"
Feb. 22nd, South Suburban CWRT: Jason Krausz on "The 36th Illinois"
Mar. 2nd, Northern Illinois CWRT: Kurt Carlson on "Chicago During the Civil War"
Mar. 7th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "Sherman's March"
Mar. 9th, Chicago CWRT: Robert Jenkins on "Peach Tree Creek"
Mar. 16th, Salt Creek CWRT: Charlie Banks on "The Battle of Monocacy"br /> 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 Guttedorf on "The Colorado and New Mexico Territories in the Civil War"
Apr. 6th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Dan Weinberg on "Facts About Abraham Lincoln"
Apr. 10th, McHenry County CWRT: Rob Giradi on TBD
Apr. 13th, Chicago CWRT: John Marszalek, Nevins-Freeman Address
Apr. 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dave Schultz on "The Union Artillery at Pickett's Charge"
Apr. 20th, Salt Creek CWRT: TBD
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 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 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 18th, Salt Creek CWRT: TBD
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 8th, Chicago CWRT: Dennis Rasbach on "Joshua Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign"
June 15th, Salt Creek CWRT: TBD
June 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Mark Smith on "Battles of Averasboro and Fayetteville"
July 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Leslie Goddard as "Mary Chesnut, Civil War Diarist"
Aug. 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Pamela Toller on "The Heroines of Mercy Street"
Aug. 23rd, South Suburban CWRT: Bruce Allardice, topic TBD
Sept. 5th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Bjorn Skaptasen on "National Military Parks"
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
Oct. 3rd, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Scott Buennemeyer on "The Mexican War as Prelude to the Civil War"
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. 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"
2019
Jan., Chicago CWRT: Bjorn Skaptasan on TBD
Feb., Chicago CWRT: Rob Girardi on TBD
March, Chicago CWRT: Horace Mewborn on TBD
April, Chicago CWRT: Brad Gottfried on TBD
May, Chicago CWRT: John Horn on TBD
June, Chicago CWRT: Greg Biggs: The Nevins-Freeman Address on TBD

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.

Publications:

  • 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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