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Studying the Missouri-Kansas Border War and Beyond

Upcoming CWRTWM meetings and programs ...

January 14, 7pm at Villages of Jackson Creek:

Monthly meeting -- Open Round Table: Members and friends can bring Civil War memorabilia, books they are reading, information on Civil War ancestors, etc. for a five minute presentation.


January 31, 1865. Washington. By a vote of 119 to 56, the House of Representatives passes the proposed constitutional amendment abolishing slavery throughout the United States. The amendment will now go to the states. It must be ratified by three-fourths of them before it will become part of the Constitution.

President Lincoln gives Secretary of State William H. Seward instructions concerning his upcoming conference with the Confederate peace commissioners. Lincoln insists that recognition of Federal authority is a necessary precondition to peace, while Davis still clings to independence as the only basis of negotiations.

"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 is $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

2nd co vol cav mon rededication_0007On 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.

A look at Camden Point’s 150th Memorial Service

Fcamden point battle flag at pleasant grove cemeteryrom the Camden Point Landmark Society ...

A hand-made replica of the Camden Point Battle Flag flies once again in Camden Point at the 150th Memorial Service at Pleasant Grove Cemetery (June 28, 2014). The flag, which was presented to Thornton’s men by local ladies on July 13, 1864, was captured in the battle that day, and now resides in a Colorado museum.  The ceremony also included the recognition of a sign informing visitors as to the history of the cemetery. The sign was placed several weeks ago in memory of Billie Everett and Loretta Larimer by the efforts of the folks in the Camden Point Baptist Church.

For the whole story, see the Camden Point Landmark Society website.

CWRTWM Receives City of Independence 2014 W.Z. Hickman Award for Historic Preservation

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri (CWRTWM) received the 2014 W.Z. Hickman Award for Historic Preservation from the City of Independence.  Accepting the award was Mick Calvert, CWRTWM 2014-05-05 wz hickman award-1President and Pat Gradwohl, CWRTWM First Vice-President.  Several CWRTWM members also attended the awards ceremony.

In 2001, the Heritage Commission developed an annual awards program to honor the challenges of preserving Independence’s rich heritage. These awards are intended to recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations, and projects that display an exemplary commitment to historic preservation in Independence.

In 2002, these awards were distinguished by the name “The W.Z. Hickman Awards for Historic Preservation,” in honor of the pioneering efforts of one of Independence’s first historic preservationists. In addition to being considered an authority on matters of local history, William Zere Hickman (1845-1921) also 2014-05-05 wz hickman award-2organized the “Old lainsmen’s Association” of 1909, who assisted the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution in marking the original path of the Santa Fe Trail. In 1916, he also led a citywide movement to see the 1827 Log Courthouse preserved and restored in Independence, for the benefit of future generations and in 1921 authored the book History of Jackson County.

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.

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