Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings

NOTICE: Meetings for the 2022-23 Year will be in-person, but will also be simulcast on Zoom. Zoom details for each meeting will be emailed to members via the newsletter.

VENUE: The rest of the 2023 meetings will be held at the Holiday Inn Oak Brook, 17W 350 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace.

April 14th
Richard Holloway on Arrested, Promoted and Transferred: Richard Taylor's End to the Red River Campaign

The Chicago CWRT's 2023 annual Battlefield Tour will visit the Red River Campaign, the first time our CWRT has toured the area.

As the American Battlefield Trust says of this campaign:

"At the time of the Red River Campaign in April 1864, the outcome of the Civil War appeared to be decided. The agricultural South had fought long and hard against the industrial North, but the zeal and military prowess of the Confederates was not enough to prevail against the vast resources of the North. The Red River Campaign, which included the largest combined army-navy operation of the war, was the last decisive Confederate victory of the war. ... One of the North's leading generals was so incensed with the errors of his fellow officers that he called it "one damn blunder from beginning to end.""

Our April presenter, Richard H. Holloway, is currently a park ranger with Louisiana State Parks, serving as an interpretive ranger at the Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site. He also writes for and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of America's Civil War magazine. He has served as the president of the Civil War Round Table of Central Louisiana since 2008.

For our 2022-2023 program year, we proudly welcome these outstanding speakers:

Sept. 9th, 2022: Steven Cowie on "When Hell Came to Sharpsburg: The Battle of Antietam and Its Impact on the Civilians Who Called it Home"
Oct. 14th, 2022: Bruce Allardice on "Myths and Mysteries of the CSS Hunley"
Nov. 11th, 2022: Mary Abroe, The Nevins-Freeman Address. "Historic Preservation and Civil War Battlefields: An American Story"
Dec. 9th, 2022: Garry Adelman, "Midwest Civil War Photo Extravaganza"
Jan. 13th, 2023: Rob Girardi on "Union POWs at Camp Douglas"
Feb. 10th, 2023: Charlie Knight on "Robert E. Lee"
Mar. 10th, 2023: Dwight Hughes on "Unlike Anything That Ever Floated"
Apr. 14th, 2023: Richard Holloway on "The Red River Campaign"
May 12th, 2023: Sean Michael Chick on "Grant's Left Hook: The Bermuda Hundred Campaign"
June 9th, 2023: Mark Zimmerman on "The Retreat from Nashville"

Copies of recorded meetings are available for a small charge. Click here for a printable list of recorded meetings. More current meetings can be viewed on Youtube.

Our in-person meetings are held at:

Holiday Inn Oak Brook
17W 350 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace
Parking at the Holiday Inn is FREE
Map and Directions

Dinner $40.00 Members and Non- Members
Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30

Presentation only is $10 per person.
Payable at the door, cash or check. Be there by 7:15. For those attending the presentation only, your reservation is appreciated but not required.
Dinner reservations should be received by Sunday evening prior to the meeting.
Please make your reservation in advance by emailing DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org with the names of your party or by calling (630) 460-1865
Cancellations: email us at DinnerReservations@ChicagoCWRT.org  or call (630) 460-1865

Dinner choices. The CWRT does a buffet style dinner. The buffet will include caeser salad, pasta, garlic bread, two meats (grilled chicken, meat balls, or Italian sausage) and dessert.