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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

September 13th – Grant, Beauregard, and Albert Sidney Johnston: Styles of Command at Shiloh

Presented by Dr. Steven Woodworth, Professor, TCU

Dinner: 6:00 PM  Menu: Chicken w/ King Ranch Sauce, Roasted Vegetables, Southwest Salad, Dessert – $15, RSVP to jimrosenthal5757@aol.com or by calling or texting 817-307-9263.

Program: 7 PM

Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery, Fort Worth 76109, Room 109-111

The Battle of Shiloh was the first major engagement in the Western Theater in the Civil War.  Two inexperienced Armies led by inexperienced commanders fought for two days in the Tennessee woods.  The result was one of the bloodiest battles in American history.  Casualties from Shiloh exceeded the total casualties of the War of 1812 and the Mexican War combined.  The Generals for both sides – Grant for the Union and Johnston and Beauregard for the Confederacy – made numerous poor command decisions.  They were responsible for everything from a lack of reconnaissance to a refusal to seize the battlefield advantage.  Albert Sidney Johnston died on the field and Grant was demoted. 

Despite the outcome, the Battle of Shiloh was a major learning experience for the troops and their Generals.  There is no better historian to tell us about it than one of our most popular speakers – Dr. Steven Woodworh from TCU.  He is not only “the” expert on The Army of the Tennessee, he is also the co-author of “Shiloh – A Battlefield Guide.”  Shiloh is a great place to visit – but don’t do it without this book!  We will have some available for purchase and his signature.  Don’t miss this!