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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

October 12, 2021 – “The Saddest Day I Have Ever Witnessed in this War” US Grant – Battle of the Crater

Presented by Dr. Steven Woodworth

Professor, TCU

Dinner at 6PM – Boxed Dinners – Assorted Sandwiches and wraps, Penne Pasta Salad, Homemade Potato Chips, Cookies – Cost $15. Email or call 817-307-9263 to RSVP.

Program starts at 7PM

Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, Room 109-111, Fort Worth 76107

Ulysses S. Grant famously referred to the Battle of the Crater as “the saddest affair I have witnessed in this war.” There were of course many reasons to call it this: what it could have done, the reasons it failed, and the massacre with which it ended. This lecture will explore some of the ways in which the Battle of the Crater was especially disappointing to Grant, looking at how Grant tried to assure that it would succeed or, at worst, if failing, not become the bloody fiasco it did. The circumstances that thwarted Grant’s own best efforts to secure success were in themselves sufficient reason for Grant’s sad verdict on the battle.

Dr. Steven Woodworth does not need an introduction to our group. His presentations are always memorable. We are fortunate to have one of the country’s leading leading Civil War historians in our community. He is a prolific author and his book on the Army of the Tennessee – Nothing but Victory is a classic. Books will be available for purchase and signing. See you there!