Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings

NOTICE: Meetings for the 2022-23 Year will be in-person at the Holiday Inn O'Hare, but will also be simulcast on Zoom. Zoom details for each meeting will be emailed to members via the newsletter and also posted on the CWRT's Facebook page.


Oct. 14th
Bruce Allardice on Myths and Mysteries of the CSS Hunley

The Confederate submarine Hunley, the first submarine to ever sink an enemy warship, has fascinated us ever since its mysterious disappearance in 1864. Movies have been made dramatizing its almost suicidal nature and its tragic end. Myths and legends have grown up about it. The Hunley was re-discovered in 1995 off Charleston Harbor, and rescued from the bottom of the sea, to sit today in a museum in Charleston. Yet over a decade after its rescue, questions still linger about the submarine, how it operated, why it was lost, what happened to the crew. In this presentation, Professor Allardice will relate the latest discoveries, discoveries that answer at least some of the mysteries surrounding the vessel.

Bruce S. Allardice is a longtime (35 years) member and past president of the Chicago CWRT. Professor Allardice teaches European and American History, as well as Political Science, at South Suburban College. He has authored, or co-authored, 7 books, and numerous articles, on the Civil War and on Baseball history. He is past president of the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table, and a current member of five Chicago-area CWRTs.

Prof. Allardice gives presentations around the country on history, on political science, and baseball history--65 presentations in the last 5 years--in such venues as Civil War Round Tables, the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) national convention, the Illinois State Historical Society, and the Kenosha Civil War Museum.

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: Tom Cartwright, topic TBA

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 O'Hare
5615 N. Cumberland, Chicago, IL 60631
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.