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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

April 9, 2024 – The Yankee Plague: The Mass Escape of 3,000 Union POW’s

Presented by Dr. Lorien Foote Professor – Texas A & M University

Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery

Dinner: 6 PM – Menu: Herb Crusted Pork Chop, Green Beans with Caramelized Onions, Mashed Potatoes, Garden Salad and Desserts, Cost: $20, RSVP to or by calling or texting 817-307-9263

Program: 7 PM

During the last winter of the Civil War, nearly 3,000 Union prisoners escaped from Confederate prisons in the Carolinas and fled toward Union army lines.  Black and white southerners fed, hid, and guided the fugitives across hundreds of miles of dangerous terrain.  Lorien Foote will share what the journey of escaped prisoners reveals about Union soldier’s experiences in the final months of the war and the transformation of the home front to a battle front inside the Confederacy.

Lorien Foote is the Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor in History at Texas A&M University. She is the author of four books, editor of three volumes, and writer of numerous articles and essays on the cultural, intellectual, and military history of the American Civil War. Her most recent book is Rites of Retaliation: Civilization, Soldiers, and Campaigns in the American Civil War (2021), which won the Organization of American Historians Civil War and Reconstruction Book Award. She is the co-editor, with Earl J. Hess, of The Oxford Handbook of the American Civil War. She is the creator and principal investigator of a digital humanities project, which is mapping the escape and movement of 3000 Federal prisoners of war.  The project includes contributions from undergraduate researchers at four universities.  It can be explored online at:  Foote received her B.A. from the University of Kansas and her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.  She is a ballroom dancer and a dog lover.  Buzz, her nine-year-old Shih Tzu, is the mascot of the TAMU Study Abroad program and visits the office on campus regularly.

This is going to be a great program! See you on the 9th!