Speakers & Events

December 13, 2016 - 1864 - The Birth of Modern War

December 13, 2016 - 1864 - The Birth of Modern War

Presented by Lt. Col. (Ret) Ralph Peters, Author, Historian, Commentator

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

Dinner - 6PM Program - 7PM

(Menu: Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Penne Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Caesar"s Salad and Dessert. RSVP to jimrosenthal5757@ aol.com or by calling or texting 817-307-9263)

Ralph Peters will discuss the human aspects and brutal realities of leadership and soldiering in the Civil War, as well as the birth of modern warfare during the conflict. His primary concern is to help us see those famed and not-so-famous leaders as real human beings, not statues frozen atop pedestals. Drawing on his near-lifelong study of the war and his own military background, he will offer a fresh look at the war and those who fought it that goes beyond the hand-me-down clichés that often distort our understanding. Committed to a balanced appreciation of both sides of the Civil War, he finds heroes North and South.

Ralph Peters is a bestselling author whose dramatized histories of the Civil War have won multiple prizes, along with critical praise as the most realistic and accurate Civil War novels ever written. A retired U.S. Army officer and former enlisted man, Ralph also has written widely on strategy and security for dozens of national newspapers, magazines and journals. As a soldier, researcher and journalist, he has experience in eighty countries and six continents, but his core specialty has been Russian affairs. Since 2008, he has been Fox News' Strategic Analyst. He has been fascinated by the Civil War since his childhood during the conflict's centennial and regards his current epic study of our Civil War in the eastern theater as the most important work he has ever done.

We will have copies of Ralph's latest book - "The Damned of Petersburg" - available for sale and signing at the meeting. We are also doing a "silent auction" of a few Civil War related items that would be perfect Christmas gifts (proceeds going to our online project).

Ralph Peters is internationally known for his compelling analysis. It will be fascinating to listen to his views on 1864 and the birth of modern war. This would be a great opportunity to bring a guest. See you on the 13th!

November 8, 2016 - Cedar Creek - Sunset of the Confederacy

November 8, 2016 - Cedar Creek - Sunset of the Confederacy

Presented by Frank O'Reilly, Historian, National Park Service

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

Dinner - 6PM Program - 7PM

The Confederacy began to unravel by the late summer and fall of 1864 with the fall of Atlanta, Mobile Bay, and two defeats in Stonewall Jackson’s old haunts, the Shenandoah Valley. On the eve of the Northern presidential election, Confederates needed to act boldly to demonstrate the war was far from over. Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early decided to strike a blow against Major General Philip H. Sheridan’s Union forces at Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864. On the eve of battle, Abraham Lincoln calculated that he could be within 6 electoral votes of losing the presidency. Early’s initial success seem to fulfill Lincoln’s worst fears, but the Union army rallied, redeemed itself, and destroyed Early’s forces. The resounding victory at Cedar Creek virtually assured Lincoln’s reelection—and spelled the ultimate doom for the Confederacy.

Frank A. O’Reilly received both his BA and MA in American History from Washington and Lee University. He joined the National Park Service at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in 1987. He continues to work there as Park Historian.

O’Reilly, who has lectured extensively on military history to audiences around the world, has written numerous articles on the Civil War and Mexican War and has appeared on CSPAN and in several video documentaries. He is the author of Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg and The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock which garnered a number of awards including a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters.

Frank has spoken to our Round Table in the past. If you have heard him, you know that you will be informed and entertained. For those who have not heard him - you are in for a treat. See you on the 8th!

October 11, 2016 - Dixie Blues - Confederate Texans from Washington-On-The-Brazos

October 11, 2016 - Dixie Blues - Confederate Texans from Washington-On-The-Brazos

Presented By Dr. Richard McCaslin, Professor, UNT

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

Dinner - 6PM Program - 7PM

(Dinner - Beef Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Caesar Salad, and Dessert. Cost $13. Please RSVP to Jim Rosenthal at jimrosenthal5757@aol.com or call or text 817-307-9263)

Early on the second day of the Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864, the Texas Brigade counterattacked and stopped a Union advance that threatened to overwhelm the Confederates. Excited by the Texans' timely arrival, Gen. Robert E. Lee placed himself in their front, only to be told that he had to go to the rear before they would advance. Pvt. Leonard Gee actually grabbed Traveller's reins before Lee agreed to retire to safety. Gee was a member of the Dixie Blues, mustered as Company E of the Fifth Texas Infantry in the Texas Brigade. He and his comrades came from Washington, Texas, on the Brazos River, revered as the place where the Republic of Texas began in 1836, less than a generation earlier. The story of the Dixie Blues, a chapter in Richard B. McCaslin's recently published history of Washington-on-the-Brazos, provides an interesting insight into the Civil War experiences of a unique group of Texans raised among the memories of a more successful independence movement.

Dr. McCaslin is a Professor of History at the University of North Texas and the author of many books and articles on Texas and Civil War history. He won the Pate Award for his book on "Rip" Ford and is the recipient of our Distinguished Service Award in Civil War history. He is a great speaker - knowledgeable, articulate and entertaining. Please join me to hear him on the 11th!

September 13, 2016 - The 44th New York at Gettysburg - Zouaves at Little Round Top

September 13, 2016 - The 44th New York at Gettysburg - Zouaves at Little Round Top

Presented by Dr. Steven Woodworth, Professor, TCU

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

Dinner - 6PM Program - 7PM



Most people who visit the Gettysburg battlefield with a serious interest in the Civil War visit Little Round Top. Most people who visit Little Round Top notice the castle-like monument near the south end of the summit. That monument commemorates 44th New York Volunteers, an interesting regiment with quite a story behind it before it arrived at Gettysburg. There it was part of Strong Vincent's brigade, rushed to Little Round Top to hold the hill against the advance of Hood's Texans and Law's Alabama brigade. Vincent's left-flank regiment, the 20th Maine, gained well earned fame. The 44th New York, held the center against the onslaught of the 5th Texas Regiment, and its story is also worth telling.

Dinner on September 13th will be Pecan Crusted Chicken, Mashed New Potatoes, Garden Salad and Dessert. The cost is $13 per person payable by check or cash at the door. We do need a count of meals for the caterer. So please respond to Jim Rosenthal by email, phone call (cell 817-307-9263) or text to RSVP. As always, if you do not plan on eating dinner, you are welcome to attend the program starting at 7PM.

Steve Woodworth is an excellent presenter and always interesting, articulate and informative. This should be a great program and an excellent way to start off the new season. Don't miss it!

January 10, 2017 - Pate Award Presentation

Presentation by Pate Award Recipient

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

Dinner - 6PM Program - 7PM

February 14, 2017 - Will the Real Joe Joskins Please Step Forward

Presented by Rick Eiserman, Author and Historian

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

Dinner - 6PM Program - 7PM

March 14, 2017 - An Evening with Ed Bearss

March 14, 2017 - An Evening with Ed Bearss

Presented by Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service

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

Dinner - 6PM Program - 7PM

April 11, 2017 - Admiral Francis DuPont

Presented by Dr. Kevin Weddle, Professor, US Army War College

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

Dinner - 6PM Program - 7PM

May 9, 2017 - William Rion Hoel - The Indispensable Man

Presented by Dr. Gary Joiner, Professor, LSU Shreveport

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

Dinner - 6PM Program - 7PM