Speakers & Events

February 9, 2016 - General U. S. Grant Speaks on the Campaign for Vicksburg

February 9, 2016 - General U. S. Grant Speaks on the Campaign for Vicksburg

Presented by General U.S. Grant (Dr. Curt Fields)

Location: UNT Health Science Center, Medical Education Training Bldg., 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner: 6PM Program starts at 7PM

Menu: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans with carrots and dessert. Cost $13 per person. Please RSVP to jimrosenthal5757@aol.com or call or text 817-307-9263

On March 8,1864, Lieutenant General U. S. Grant arrived in Washington as the new head of the Union Army. At a reception that evening at the White House with President Lincoln, there was such a big crowd of admirers that when General Grant was asked to make a few remarks he stood on a couch to be seen and heard. So last year, when the current day "General Grant" was addressing the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table to an overflow crowd at the Ol' South Pancake House, he made a similar decision and stood on a chair so that he could be seen and heard. Thankfully, with the abundant room in our new location "General Grant" (Dr. Curt Fields) will not have to stand on a chair for his February 9th presentation.

"General Grant's" talk last year was one of our most popular programs. So it was an easy decision to ask him back for an encore this year. Dr. Curt Fields not only has the appearance, speech and mannerisms of the General, but he is also a very good historian who knows his subject. And the topic of his talk will be one of Grant's finest hours - the Campaign for Vicksburg. This campaign is a textbook example of Grant's tenacity, boldness and strategy. The presentation will be informative and entertaining. Please make plans to attend the February 9th meeting and use this opportunity to bring a guest.

January 12, 2016 - A. M. Pate, Jr. Award for 2015 - Dr. Kyle Sinisi for his book "The Last Hurrah - Sterling Price's Missouri Expedition of 1864"

January 12, 2016 - A. M. Pate, Jr. Award for 2015 - Dr. Kyle Sinisi for his book

Presentation by Dr. Kyle Sinisi on his Award Winning book

Location: UNT Health Science Center, Medical Education Training Bldg., 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner: 6PM Program begins at 7PM

Menu: Pecan Crusted Chicken with mashed potatoes, garden salad and dessert. Cost $13 per person. Please RSVP to Jim Rosenthal at jimrosenthal5757@aol.com or call or text to 817-307-9263

Dr. Kyle Sinisi is our winner of the 2015 A. M. Pate Jr. Award in Civil War history for his book "The Last Hurrah: Sterling Price's Missouri Expedition of 1864." In his well researched book Dr. Sinisi provides a well written, balanced and thorough account of one of the least studied and most misunderstood major campaigns of the war. "The Last Hurrah" has advanced our understanding of the Trans-Mississippi theater of the Civil War and is a most deserving selection.

In the late summer of 1864, Confederate General Sterling Price led a last-ditch attempt to liberate Missouri from Union occupation and brutal guerrilla warfare. Price's invading army of 14,000 troops was unlike any other seen during the Civil War. It was an army of cavalry that lacked horses, weapons and discipline. It's success depended on a native uprising of pro-Confederate Missourians - that never happened. Nonetheless, Price's army marched through the state seeking revenge, supplies and conscripts. The march took too long and eventually Union troops converged on Price and defeated his army in a series of battles forcing it back into Arkansas.

Kyle S. Sinisi is a Professor of History at The Citadel. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1984 with a BA in History. Following four years of active duty service in the United States Army, he attended Kansas State University, where he earned both the MA and Ph.D. He has been at The Citadel since 1994. He is a two-time recipient of the James A. Grimsley Award, The Citadel’s annual award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is also the author of Sacred Debts: State Civil War Claims and American Federalism and a co-editor of Warm Ashes: Issues in Southern History at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century. Professor Sinisi is currently at work on a biography of General Samuel R. Curtis and a study of Charleston during the Civil War.

Please join me on the 12th to honor our 2015 Pate Award Winner and learn about the Price Campaign of 1864. It should be a great program.

December 8, 2015 - Petersburg - The Western Battles - September 1864 - February 1865

December 8, 2015 - Petersburg - The Western Battles - September 1864 - February 1865

Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service

Location: UNT Health Science Center, Medical Education and Training Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth 76107

Dinner: 6PM Program starts at 7PM

Menu: Italian Sausage and Beef Lasagne, Caesar Salad, Breadsticks and Dessert. Cost $13 per person. Please RSVP to Jim Rosenthal at jimrosenthal5757@aol.com

Many people think that the Petersburg Campaign of 1864-1865 was just a siege of a fortified city with little happening until the breakthrough at Five Forks in April of 1865. Actually, there were a number of important battles including Peebles' Farm, Burgess Mill and Hatcher's Run that took place in late 1864 and early 1865. The ever-aggressive Grant could not accept a stalemate and Lee and his Generals knew they were fighting for the continued existence of the Army of Northern Virginia. No one knows the history of these battles better than our speaker - Ed Bearss.

Edwin C. (Ed) Bearss is a world-renowned military historian, author, tour guide and long-time friend of the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table. Ed, a former WW II Marine wounded in the Pacific Theater, served as Chief Historian of the National Park Service from 1981 to 1994 and is the author of dozens of books and articles including The Petersburg Campaign - Volume II which will be available for sale at the meeting. While serving as Historian at the Vicksburg National Military Park he discovered and helped raise the USS Cairo which is now on display at the Park. Ed is well-known for his unique presentation style and his near photographic memory. For those of you who have heard Ed speak in the past, you know how enjoyable an evening we will have on the 8th. For those who have not heard Ed, do not miss this opportunity to hear one of the great historians of our time. Please feel free to bring guests.

November 10, 2015 - The Real Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy

November 10, 2015 - The Real Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy

Presented by Dr. Steven Woodworth, Professor, TCU

Location: UNT Health Science Center, Medical Education Training Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth 76107

Dinner: 6PM Program begins at 7PM

Menu: Almond Crusted Tilapia, Rice Pilaf, grilled vegetables and dessert. Cost $13 per person. Please RSVP to Jim Rosenthal at jimrosenthal5757@aol.com

For the past several years we have been inundated with books and documentaries espousing one or several conspiracy theories on the assassination of President Lincoln. Is there validity to these claims or are the authors just out to sell books?

The fact that there are a lot of crazy conspiracy theories out there does not necessarily mean that real conspiracies never happen. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln, which took place 150 years ago this past April, is the only presidential assassination in American history universally agreed to have been the work of a conspiracy. The government hanged four persons for the crime. But since that time people have debated whether the government got it right or not. Were the right people hanged? Were they all guilty? Should others have been on the gallows--instead of or in addition to Lewis Powell, Mary Surratt, George Atzerodt, and David Herold? And what about these other conspiracy theories? Do they have merit? And what good historical research has been done to support or question them? In this talk, Dr. Woodworth will provide some insight into what makes sense and what doesn't.

TCU Professor Steven Woodworth is the author or editor of 28 books and is recognized as one of the leading Civil War historians in the country. He is an outstanding presenter and one of our most popular speakers. This year we are going to honor him with a book signing. We will have four of his most popular books available for purchase (with discount) and signing at the meeting. These books include: Jefferson Davis and His Generals, While God is Marching On: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers, Nothing But Victory: The Army of the Tennessee 1861-1865 and This Great Struggle: America's Civil War.

Please join me for this outstanding program and special event honoring Dr. Steven Woodworth!

October 13, 2015 - Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

October 13, 2015 - Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

Presented by Karen Abbott, Author and Historian

Location: UNTHSC Medical Education Training Bldg., 1000 Montgomery, FW 76107

Dinner: 6PM Program: 7PM

Menu: Pecan Crusted Chicken with mashed potatoes, garden salad and dessert. Cost $13 per person. Please RSVP to Jim Rosenthal at jimrosenthal5757@aol.com

New York Times bestselling author Karen Abbott tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything during the Civil War.

Seventeen-year-old Belle Boyd, an avowed rebel with a dangerous temper, shot a Union soldier in her home and became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her considerable charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds disguised herself as a man to enlist as a Union private named Frank Thompson, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the war and infiltrating enemy lines. The beautiful widow Rose O'Neal Greenhow engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians and used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring—even placing a former slave inside the Confederate White House—right under the noses of increasingly suspicious rebel detectives. With a cast of real-life characters including Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, Detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoléon III, "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy" shines a dramatic new light on these daring—and, until now, unsung—heroines.

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, which was named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and Amazon, and which was optioned by Sony for a miniseries. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian magazine, Salon and other publications. A native of Philadelphia, where she worked as a journalist, she now lives in New York City.

September 8, 2015 - Old Jack and Old Bedford - Two of a Kind?

September 8, 2015 - Old Jack and Old Bedford - Two of a Kind?

Presented by Jack Waugh, Author and Historian

Location: UNTHSC Medical Education Training Bldg. 1000 Montgomery Street, FW 76107

Dinner: 6PM Program: 7PM

The Confederacy produced no two generals more fearsome and feared -- or so touched by the fire of military stardom -- than Thomas Jonathan Jackson and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Indeed, neither side produced another two quite like this unique tandem. They were polar opposites personally, both eccentric in different ways and very little alike. One was West Point trained. The other was wholly untrained. But on a battlefield they were eerily alike in the way they waged war. This talk will explore the personal characteristics that separated, and the fighting characteristics that link, “Stonewall” and the “Wizard of the Saddle.”

John C. “Jack” Waugh is an award winning author, historian and long-time member of the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table. After serving a distinguished career as a journalist, Jack “retired” to full time writing. His first book “The Class of 1846” won the Fletcher Pratt award and has been named one of the top 100 Civil War books. He has written 11 other books on Civil War topics.

Jack once told me that he “begins his research in the footnotes of other authors.” The result is that his research and writing often uncovers the “hidden” part of his subject’s personality and accomplishments. His observations are interesting and insightful. You will not want to miss his analysis of these two well-known Confederate Generals. See you on September 8th in our new location!

March 8, 2016 - Fear, Honor and Interest: Thucydides and the Coming of the American Civil War

Presented by Dr. Richard Sommers, Senior Historian, Army Heritage and Education Center

Location: UNT Health Science Center, Medical Education Training Bldg., 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner: 6PM Program starts at 7PM

April 12, 2016 - The Emotional Toll of the Civil War

Presented by Dr. R. Gregory Lande, Physician, Author and Historian

Location: Texas Civil War Museum, 760 Jim Wright Freeway North, Fort Worth, TX 76108

Museum opens at 6PM Program starts at 7PM,/b>

May 10, 2016 - Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

Presented by S. C. (Sam) Gwynne, Author and Historian

Location: UNT Health Science Center, Medical Education Training Bldg., 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Dinner: 6PM Program begins at 7PM