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Studying the Missouri-Kansas Border War and Beyond

Upcoming CWRTWM meetings and programs ...

Wednesday, February 11, 7pm at Villages of Jackson Creek:

Monthly meeting -- We have a change in program for tonight, Feb. 11, 2015. Our program will be given by Ted Stillwell, columnist for the Independence Examiner on the subject of "Honest Abe's Birthday Party" which was also the topic of his column today.


THIS MONTH IN THE WAR:

February 1865:  Various states ratify the 13th amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States.

On February 3, 1865, President Lincoln and Secretary of State Seward meet with Confederate negotiators on board the River Queen off Hampton Roads.  The talks do not produce any positive results because the Confederate agents want an armistice first while Lincoln insists on recognition of Federal authority as an essential first step toward peace.

Meanwhile, in the Western Theater, the Carolinas Campaign ends in the burning of Columbia, the capital of South Carolina.

"A Young General and the Fall of Richmond"

A Young General and the Fall of Richmond: The Life and Career of Godfrey Weitzel
A Young General and the Fall of Richmond: The Life and Career of Godfrey Weitzel
, by G. William Quatman, takes a look at the Union general who occupied Richmond after the Fall on April 3, 1865.  Check out the Ohio University Press for ordering information, available February 2015.  Pre-order prices are available.

Mr. G. William Quatman is a member of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City and is a local attorney and author.  He has spoken at the Kansas City and St. Louis Round Tables in past years.

"Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion""

lincolnandthepowerofthepressLincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, by Harold Holzer, is now available in hard cover.  Check out the Press Release and the Conversation with Harold Holzer that ppeared in the fall issue of Lincoln Lore, the publication of Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana (PO Box 11083, Fort Wayne, IN 46855 or www.LincolnCollection.org).

Mr. Holzer will be the speaker at the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City meeting on Tuesday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m.  Dinner is $27.  Location is the Holiday Inn & Suites, 8787 Reeder Road, Overland Park, KS.  (ballroom on the 8th floor).  Park on the south side of the hotel and use elevators in the lobby.  For reservations call Paul Gault at (816) 741-2962.

Monuments Book Announcement

Civil War Monuments and Memorials in Western Missouri (compiled by CWRTWM)
Our second “Monuments” book is now available for purchase at a CWRTWM meeting or by mail. The book is called Civil War Monuments and Memorials in Western Missouri. It includes sites in greater Kansas City and extends to other areas in western Missouri that could be considered no more than a daytrip from Kansas City. We plan to do a Kansas book in the future.

The cost for this full color compilation is $20 for CWRTWM members ($25 for non-members) plus postage and handling of $2.75 if mailed.

Please make your check payable to:

CWRTWM
P. O. Box 3019
Independence, MO 64055

Rededication of the 2nd Colorado Volunteer Cavalry Monument

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On July 19, 2014, the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri and the William Clarke Quantrill Society sponsored a rededication of the 2nd Colorado Volunteer Cavalry Monument in Woodlawn Cemetery in Independence, MO.  The monument was originally erected July 16, 1864.  The event also commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Grinter Farm, fought on July 6, 1864.  A special thank you goes to the members of Elliott's Scouts for providing the honor guard for the occasion.  Click here to view the program of events.

What We Do

Monthly Program/Meetings - Featuring "Speaker of the Month" or "Round Table Sessions," refreshments and socializing with others of like interests. Meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Villages of Jackson Creek (lower level), 3980-A South Jackson Drive, Independence, MO.  Check the Calendar to verify the date, location and find out about the next program topic.  Visitors are always welcome!

Monthly Board Meetings - Meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of the month.  Members can verify the date and location by logging into this site and checking the Calendar.  Non-members can send an inquiry via the Contact Us page.  Visitors are always welcome!

The Sonny Wells Little Blue Battlefield Memorial Commission - A subsidiary Commission organized for the purpose of receiving and maintaining all real estate and monies of the Little Blue Battlefield and its memorials, setting goals, raising funds and any other purposes lawfully identified, in order to preserve the Little Blue Battlefield, located at and near the Little Blue River and U.S. Highway 24 in eastern Jackson County, Missouri.

The Lewis-Gregg Cemetery Commission - A subsidiary Commission organized for the purpose of owning, operating, maintaining and funding the Lewis-Gregg Cemetery, located in eastern Jackson County, Missouri, which includes land and monies transferred from the Jackson County Historical Society in 2006, and for any other purposes lawfully identified, in order to preserve the Lewis-Gregg Cemetery.

Field Trips - Excursions to local history sites, first-hand learning, refreshments.

Annual Picnic - Complete with Civil War fare, when we dare, games, usually a cannon or two, dancing the "Virginia Reel."

Christmas Party – Prizes, Christmas feast, celebration of Christmas past, costuming.

Monthly Newsletter – "The Border Star" for our members, monthly calendar items, border warfare articles, national Civil War articles, information about our members and friends.

Who We Are

The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax exempt organization, dedicated to educational purposes including the promotion and understanding of all aspects and phases of the U.S. Civil War period, especially in WESTERN MISSOURI and the "BORDER WAR" conflict and to stimulate interest in and further discussion and study of the War Between the States.

 

Re-enactors - (Men, women, children, and families portraying Civil War era personalities - Both Union and Confederate).

Genealogists - (Family history researchers - Many related to Civil War veterans).

Historians - (Veteran and novice researchers of local and national Civil War history).

Preservationists - (Interested in battlefield, cemetery, monument, artifact, and historic site preservation).

Teachers - (Area high school and grade school teachers and other educators).

Authors - (Published writers of both local and national Civil War history).

 

Anyone interested in Civil War history. Meetings open to members and non-members. COME ONE, COME ALL!

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