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In memory of Art Kelley, CWRTWM Second Vice President

Art Kelley passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014.  Art was second vice president of the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri for many years and was our institutional memory because of his vast knowledge of the history of Independence, Missouri and its people and his many volunteer activities.

Services will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Pleasant, Independence, Missouri.  Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. in the parlor prior to the services.  There are three groups designated for memorial gifts and one will be the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri.

Read more about Arthur's life, share your memories or express your condolences by signing Art's Guest Book here.


Upcoming CWRTWM meetings and programs ...

January 14, 7pm:

Monthly meeting -- Program to be announced


• November/December 1864. Western Theater: Franklin and Nashville, TN Campaign.
• Sherman’s “March to the Sea” in Georgia.
• Trans-Mississippi: Even with Price driven from Missouri, Confederate bands and guerilla units continue to harass Federal troops. On November 18, 1864 there is fighting at Fayette, MO between the two sides.
• On Nov. 29, 1864, Colorado militia descend upon the Cheyenne village at Sand Creek, Colorado Territory, and kill 1/3 of the residents. The massacre will later officially be condemned by the Federal Government.

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

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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.

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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