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2019 Battlefield Tour - Vicksburg Campaign, May 2-5, 2019
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2018
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 on "Illinois and the Civil War"
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. 5th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Bob Schultz on "Civil War Cartoons"
Oct. 9th, McHenry County CWRT: Charlie Banks on "Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in the Civil War"
Oct. 9th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: Dr. Curt Fields on "Ulysses S. Grant and 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. 19th: Dedication of Marcellus Jones monument
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. 2nd, Northern Illinois CWRT: Jerry Allen on "Wisconsin's Secession"
Nov. 7th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Gary Wright and 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. 15th, South Suburban CWRT: Father Bob Miller on "The Faith of Our Fathers: Catholic Civil War Chaplains"
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. 7th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Ed Bearss on TBD
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. 2nd, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Debate on the Legality of Secession
Jan. 4th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Charlie Banks on TBD
Jan. 8th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: George Peers on "A Visit to Old Appomattox"
Jan. 11th, Chicago CWRT: Bjorn Skaptasan on "Henry Morton Stanley at 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. 1st, Northern Illinois CWRT: Harold Knudsen on "1864"
Feb. 6th., Kankakee Valley CWRT: Ray Wilson on "Ellet's Marine Brigade"
Feb. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Rob Girardi on "Gouverneur K. Warren's Last Battle"
Feb. 12th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: Gene Salecker on "The Sultana"
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 1st, Northern Illinois CWRT: Bruce Allardice on TBD
March 6th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Phil Angelo on "Mexico and the Civil War"
March 8th, Chicago CWRT: Horace Mewborn on "Col. Elijah White"
March 12th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: Mira and Bruce Form on "Jews in the Civil War"
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 3rd, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "Charles Gunther: A Yankee in Dixie"
April 5th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Dan Patterson on "General Longstreet"
April 9th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: Matt VanAcker on "Michigan's Civil War Regimental Battle Flags"
April 12th, Chicago CWRT: Brad Gottfried on "Maps of Fredericksburg"
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 1st, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Rob Girardi on "Civil War Corps Command"
May 3rd, Northern Illinois CWRT: Rob Girardi on TBD
May 10th, Chicago CWRT: John Horn on "The Petersburg Regiment in the Civil War: the 12th Virginia"
May 14th, Southwest Michigan CWRT: Round Table discussion on "The 1864 Valley 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 5th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Pizza Party
June 7th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Matthew Switlick on "Loomis' Battery"
June 14th, Chicago CWRT: Greg Biggs: The Nevins-Freeman Address: "Logistics for Sherman's Atlanta Campaign"
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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