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Fort Worth Civil War Round Table

About Our Round Table

The Fort Worth Civil War Round Table is a group of individuals brought together by a common interest in the history of the Civil War.

Programs are designed to cover an aspect of the Civil War such as a leader, battle, politician, general or some other topic. Programs last 45 minutes to an hour. Past speakers have included many of the top Civil War scholars such as “Bud” Robertson, Gordon Rhea, Ed Bearss, Wiley Sword, Steven Woodworth, Jack Waugh, Terry Winschel, Allen Guelzo, Kent Masterson Brown, Brooks Simpson, Peter Cozzens and many others.

Who We Are

The Fort Worth Civil War Round Table is composed of people of varying backgrounds. Some are professional historians, but most just have an interest in learning more about the pivotal event in American history.

Membership is open to anyone interested in this subject. We believe in the concept that “there are no sides on a round table” and we do not espouse any particular viewpoint. Regular dues are $30 per year for individuals or families. For those who want to help with covering our expenses for out-of-town speakers we have a Sustainer Membership level of $50 and a Speaker Patron level of $100. Guests are encouraged to attend meetings and learn with our members.

Upcoming Event

May 11, 2021 – Plying the Deadly Trade: Understanding Civil War Sharpshooters

Presented by Dr. Jonathan Steplyk, Adjunct Assistant Professor, UTA

Zoom Presentation – 7PM (You will receive an invitation to join in a separate email.)

Sharpshooters were among the deadliest fighters on the Civil War battlefield. But how well do we understand these formidable Union and Confederate marksmen? How were they raised and trained? What was the nature of the sharpshooters’ war? What did their fellow soldiers and fellow Americans think of sharpshooting? This presentation will explore and re-examine these lethal and controversial Civil War fighting men.


Dr. Jonathan M. Steplyk specializes in Civil War combat and solider life. He is the author of Fighting Means Killing: Civil War Soldiers and the Nature of Combat, published by University Press of Kansas in 2018, and a regular contributor to the Civil War Campaigns in the West series. He received his BA from Ripon College, his MA from Penn State University and his PhD from TCU. Steplyk has also worked in NPS battlefield interpretation at Harpers Ferry and Cedar Creek and is active in Civil War living history.