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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 10, 2023 – 2022 Pate Award Presentation to Dr. Fay A. Yarbrough for Her Book “Choctaw Confederates: The American Civil War in Indian Country”

Location: UNT Health Science Center, 1000 Montgomery Street, Room 125 S, Fort Worth 76109

Dinner: 6 PM Program: 7 PM

Menu: Yankee Pot Roast with Petite Vegetables and Homemade Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, String Beans with Almonds and Shallots, Garden Salad and Dessert – Cost $20 per person – To RSVP email or call or text 817-307-9263

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Fay Yarbrough is the winner of the 2022 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War history for her book “Choctaw Confederates: The American Civil War in Indian Country.” The Pate Award is given annually for the best book providing original research on the Trans-Mississippi sector of the Civil War. The Pate Award program was started in 2003. Dr. Yarbrough is our 19th honoree.

Dr. Fay Yarbrough

When the Choctaw Nation was forcibly resettled in Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma in the 1830s, it was joined by enslaved Black people–the tribe had owned enslaved Blacks since the 1720s. By the eve of the Civil War, 14 percent of the Choctaw Nation consisted of enslaved Blacks. From the beginning of the Civil War, the Choctaws were courted by the government of the CSA. A major concern was slavery, but there were also issues with the Union breaking treaties and reneging on commitments of economic support. As a result the Choctaw nation became avid supporters of the Confederate States of America. In fact, the Nation passed a measure requiring all whites living in its territory to swear allegiance to the Confederacy and deemed any criticism of it or its army treasonous and punishable by death. Choctaws also raised an infantry force and a cavalry to fight alongside Confederate forces. Choctaw men looked at military service as a means of re-establishing their warrior role in their society.

Choctaw Confederates is a carefully researched analysis of the Choctaw nation before, during and after the War. This research was based on the service records of approximately 3,000 members of the First Choctaw and Chickasaw Mounted Rifles as well as other original sources. The result is a perceptive and revealing story.

As Andrew Wagenhofer of Civil War Books and Authors says:

“Fay Yarbrough’s Choctaw Confederates is an award-worthy feat of research and writing. Its wide-ranging treatment of the Choctaw offers much needed expansion to a literature of Civil War-era Indian Territory.”

Dr. Yarbrough will give a presentation on her book at our meeting. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Please join us for this important event. See you on the 10th!