2023 Battlefield Tour - Red River Campaign, May 3-7, 2023
See our Battlefield Tour page for more information
People should check whether the event will be broadcast on Zoom.
Mar. 10th, Chicago CWRT: Dwight Hughes on "Unlike Anything That Ever Floated"
Mar. 14th, McHenry County CWRT: Steve Alban on "Was Abraham Lincoln the only one Assassinated?”
Mar. 18th, Lake County Genealogical Society: Bruce Allardice on "Conscription and the Civil War"
Mar. 18th, Salt Creek CWRT: Bjorn Skaptasen on "Iowa Remembers Shiloh"
Mar. 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Brian Conroy on "Civil War Reenacting"
Mar. 23rd, South Suburban CWRT: Gail Stevens on "Lew Wallace at Shiloh"
Apr. 3rd, Rockford CWRT: Stanley Campbell, "The Abolitionists"
Apr. 5th, Kankakee Valley CWRT: Nick Kaup on "The Watseka SUV"
Apr. 7th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Michael Wynne on "The Real Story of the Rock Island POW Camp" (zoom only)
Apr. 11th, McHenry County CWRT: TBA
Apr. 14th, Chicago CWRT: Richard Holloway on "The Red River Campaign"
Apr. 15th, Salt Creeek CWRT: Michael Goc presenting "Joseph Bailey, Hero of the Red River"
Apr. 18th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Charles Knight on "From Arlington to Appomattox"
Apr. 27th, South Suburban CWRT: Gordon Ramsey on "The Role of Music in the Civil War"
May 1st, Rockford CWRT: Brad Gottfried, "Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg, Part 2: Lincoln's 25 Hours in Gettysburg"
May 5th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Wayne Rhine on "The Kearsarge"
May 9th, McHenry County CWRT: TBA
May 12th, Chicago CWRT: Sean Michael Chick on "Grant's Left Hook: The Bermuda Hundred Campaign"
May 16th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Frank Varney on "U. S. Grant and the Rewriting of History"
May 18th, South Suburban CWRT: Brian Conroy on "Little Egypt's Civil War: The 31st Illinois and 15th Tennessee at Shiloh"
May 20th, Salt Creek CWRT: Arthur Foley presenting "Patriot from Keokuk: Samuel Ryan Curtis"
June 1st, Rockford CWRT: John Cox, "Ulysses S. Grant: From Appomattox to the White House and After"
June 2nd, Northern Illinois CWRT: David Zarefsky on "The Strategy of Lincoln's First Inaugural Address"
June 9th, Chicago CWRT: Mark Zimmerman on "Mud, Blood and Cold Steel"
June 13th, McHenry County CWRT: TBA
June 16th, Salt Creek CWRT Annual Banquet: Larry Hewitt on "The Birth of Combat Photography: McPherson and Oliver, 1863"
June 17th, Cantigny in Wheaton: Symposium of the Abraham Lincoln Association
June 20th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Steve Cowie on "When Hell Came to Sharpsburg"
July 3rd, Rockford CWRT: Steven Acker, "The Battle of Gettysburg As Told Through Its Monuments"
July 11th, McHenry County CWRT: TBA
July 18th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Steve Knowlton on "13 Months in Dixie"
Aug. 7th, Rockford CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "The Election of 1864"
Aug. 15th, McHenry County CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "Charles Gunther, Mississippi River Confederate"
Aug. 15th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: TBA
Sept. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Al Olives on "The Boy Generals. George Custer, Wesley Merritt and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac"
Sept. 11th, Rockford CWRT: General George Meade Impersonator David Eiselle, "General Meade: Decision at Gettysburg"
Sept. 12th, McHenry County CWRT: TBA
Sept. 16th, Salt Creek CWRT: Jerry Allen presenting "The 1st and 8th Wisconsin: Shadowy Secrets"
Sept. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dave Eisele on "General George Meade"
Sept. 23rd, Kenosha Civil War Museum: Great Lakes Civil War Forum
Oct. 2nd, Rockford CWRT: Nicole Etcheson on "The Impact of the Civil War on Suffrage"
Oct. 10th, McHenry County CWRT: TBA
Oct. 13th, Chicago CWRT: Carleton Young on "Two Vermont Brothers in the Army of the Potomac"
Oct. 17th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: TBA
Nov. 6th, Rockford CWRT: Robert Evans, TBD
Nov. 10th, Chicago CWRT: Ernest Dollar on "Hearts Torn Asunder: Trauma in the Civil War"
Dec. 4th, Rockford CWRT: Robert Girardi on "Stonewall Jackson"
Dec. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Scott Mingus on "Texans at Chickamauga"
Jan. 12th, 2024, Chicago CWRT: Pat and Dylan Brennan on "Gettysburg in Color"
Feb. 9th, Chicago CWRT: Harold Knudsen on "James Longstreet and the American Civil War"
Mar. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Chris Bryan on "The Union XII Corps"
April 12th, Chicago CWRT: Steve Knowlton on "13 Months in Dixie"
May 10th, Chicago CWRT: Lynn and Julianne Herman on "The Allegheny Arsenal Explosion"
June 14th, Chicago CWRT: Tim Smith (Nevins-Freeman Award) on "Vicksburg"
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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