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.

Feb. 3rd, Northern Illinois CWRT: Mary Abroe on "Civil War Centennial: Rhetoric, Reality, and the Bounds of Selective Memory"
Feb. 4th, Two Old Goats in Cedar Lake: Bill Mitchell on "Lincoln and the Constitution"
Feb. 6th, Rockford CWRT: David Dixon, "Emotions and Allegiance: Augustus Wright and Civil War Loyalty"
Feb. 10th, Chicago CWRT: Charlie Knight on "Robert E. Lee"
Feb. 18th, Salt Creek CWRT: Paul Wood on "General Lee's War"
Feb. 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Harold Knudsen on "James Longstreet and the Civil War"
Feb. 23rd, South Suburban CWRT: Larry Korczyk on "Gettysburg"
Mar. 3rd, Northern Illinois CWRT: Rob Girardi on TBA
Mar. 4th, Two Old Goats in Cedar Lake: Bruce Allardice on "The Election of 1864"
Mar. 6th, Rockford CWRT: Kevin Levin, "The Myth of the Black Confederate Solider"
Mar. 10th, Chicago CWRT: Dwight Hughes on "Unlike Anything That Ever Floated"
Mar. 18th, Lake County Genealogical Society: Bruce Allardice on "Conscription and the Civil War"
Mar. 21st, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Eric Wittenberg on "Seceding from Secession"
Mar. 23rd, South Suburban CWRT: Gail Stevens on "Lew Wallace at Shiloh"
Apr. 3rd, Rockford CWRT: Stanley Campbell, "The Abolitionists"
Apr. 7th, Northern Illinois CWRT: Michael Wynne on "The Real Story of the Rock Island POW Camp" (zoom only)
Apr. 14th, Chicago CWRT: Richard Holloway on "The Red River Campaign"
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 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"
June 2nd, Northern Illinois CWRT: David Zarefsky on "The Strategy of Lincoln's First Inaugural Address"
June 1st, Rockford CWRT: John Cox, "Ulysses S. Grant: From Appomattox to the White House and After"
June 9th, Chicago CWRT: Mark Zimmerman on "Mud, Blood and Cold Steel"
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 18th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Steve Knowlton on "13 Months in Dixie"
Aug. 7th, Rockford CWRT: Bruce Allardice on "The Election of 1864"
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. 19th, Lincoln-Davis CWRT: Dave Eisele on "General George Meade"
Oct. 2nd, Rockford CWRT: Nicole Etcheson, "The Impact of the Civil War on Suffrage"
Oct. 13th, Chicago CWRT: Carleton Young
Nov. 6th, Rockford CWRT: Robert Evans, TBD
Nov. 10th, Chicago CWRT: Ernest Dollar
Dec. 4th, Rockford CWRT: Robert Girardi, "Stonewall Jackson"
Dec. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Scott Mingus
Jan. 12th, 2024, Chicago CWRT: Pat and Dylan Brennan
Feb. 9th, Chicago CWRT: Harold Knudsen
Mar. 8th, Chicago CWRT: Chris Bryan
April 12th, Chicago CWRT: Steve Knowlton
May 10th, Chicago CWRT: Lynn and Julianne Herman
June 14th, Chicago CWRT: Tim Smith ( Nevins-Freeman)

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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