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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

January 12, 2021 – Christopher Rein Wins 2020 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History for his “The Second Colorado Cavalry: A Civil War Regiment on the Great Plains”

Dr. Christopher Rein is the winner of the 2020 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War history for his book The Second Colorado Cavalry: A Civil War Regiment on the Great Plains. The Award is given annually to the book considered to be the best work published on the Trans-Mississippi sector of the Civil War.

The Second Colorado Cavalry was composed primarily of men who went west to participate in the Colorado Gold Rush. Their average age was 25 and many had experienced the challenges of living in a mobile, tough environment (much like being a soldier). They fought everywhere from New Mexico to the Burned District in Missouri and Kansas. By 1865 they were sent West to subdue Native American raiders. Wherever they went the Second Colorado performed capably and admirably. Consequently, they were able to play a significant role in controlling the violence in the Border States and creating the conditions necessary for Westward expansion.

Here are segments of some of the reviews on this excellent book:

 “Christopher Rein’s The Second Colorado Cavalry holds the added distinction of being the only full-length, modern history of a volunteer regiment raised in the territory. Thankfully, it is by every measure an exceedingly fine one.” – Andrew Wagenhoffer – Civil War Books and Authors

“The Second Colorado Cavalry appears at first blush to be another Civil War regimental history of a forgotten unit in a faraway theater – but readers will be rewarded with a rich and nuanced narrative of the multisided War for the Great Plains. Christopher Rein makes a strong contribution to the growing body of scholarship on the Civil War and the struggle for power in the Far West.” Andy Masich – author of 2017 Pate Award Winner – Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands, 1861-1867.

Dr. Chris Rein is the managing editor at Air University Press at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. His research focuses on the American Civil War and the broader linkages between military and environmental history, especially in the Trans-Mississippi West. He earned his MA from LSU in 2001 and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2011. He is the author of three books, including  Alabamians in Blue: Freedmen, Unionists, and the Civil War in the Cotton State, published by LSU Press in May 2019, and The Second Colorado Cavalry: A Civil War Regiment on the Great Plains, published by the University of Oklahoma Press in February 2020. He has served as an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where he taught courses on military history, the Civil War and the American West, and as a research historian for the U.S. Army’s Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.