Here’s our history.

Ralph G. NeumanRalph G. Newman (1911-1998) was a master raconteur, minor league baseball player, Lincoln scholar, expert manuscript appraiser, prominent civic leader and hopeless bibliophile. He founded the renown Abraham Lincoln Book Shop here in Chicago. Part of his motivation for establishing the shop was to serve the passionate collecting needs of a small circle of friends devoted to the study of the Civil War and the Great Emancipator.

Among that cadre were such writers and historians as Carl Sandburg, Bruce Catton, Otto Eisenschiml, E. B. ‘Pete’ Long, Stanley F. Horn, Lloyd Lewis and T. Harry Williams.

On December 3, 1940, when the 29-year-old Newman and fifteen friends went to dinner at the erstwhile Bismarck Hotel before listening to Percival G. Hart’s presentation of “Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign,” it led to their becoming the charter members of the very first Civil War Round Table.

That modest gathering proved to be momentous: It spawned hundreds of such Round Table discussion groups that meet across the U.S. and around the world.

Our organization’s heritage is recounted in The Civil War Round Table: Fifty Years of Scholarship and Fellowship (Morningside, 1995) by Barbara Hughett.

See below for Past Presidents of the CWRT

Past Presidents of the CWRT

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Monroe F. Cockrell
Newton C. Farr
Harry Hershenson
Lloyd D. Miller
Alfred W. Stern
Joseph Eisendrath Jr.
Seymour J. Frank
Elmer Gertz
M. Kenneth McIntyre
Ralph G. Newman
E. B. (Pete) Long
Harold Hixson
Marshall Rissman
Lorenz G. Schumm
Jerry Slechta
C. Robert Douglad
Gerhard Clausius
Warren Reeder
H. George Donovan
Arnold Alexander
Brooks Davis
Michael Lerner
Ver Lynn Sprague
Jerry Warshaw
Clyde Walton
Dan Lapinski
Marshall Krolick
Charlie Falkenberg
Gordon Whitney
Ward Smidl
Gerald Edelstein
Terry Carr
Myron Cohn
Glen Wiche
Merlin Sumner
Bob Walter
Bob Franke
Marv Sanderman
Don Anderson
J. Robert Ziegler
Paul Kliger
Pat Sumner
Dan Weinberg
Bill Sullivan
Richard McAdoo
David Richert
Joe Wisehart
Mary Abroe
Kurt Carlson
Barbara Hughett
Carole Cierniak
Larry Gibbs
Rob Girardi
Jim Nethery
Chuck Bednar
Bruce Allardice
Roger Bohn
Janet Linhart
Ted Birndorf
Jerry Kowalski
Bob Miller
Nancy Bates
Roger Rudich
Jerry Allen
Tom Trescott
Rae Radovich
Bob Stoller
Brian Seiter
Mark Matranga
Paula Walker
Cindy Heckler