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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

November 9th – Decisions at Antietam: the Fourteen Critical Decisions that Defined the Battle

Presentation by Michael Lang, Author and Historian

Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery, Fort Worth. TX 76107 – Room 109-111

Dinner: 6PM (Individually Packaged – Yankee Pot Roast with Petite Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Beans with almonds, Garden Salad, and Dessert – $15 per person – Please RSVP to jimrosenthal5757@aol.com or call or text 817-307-9263)

Program: Starts at 7PM

The Battle of Antietam has long been known as the bloodiest day in American military history with more than twenty thousand soldiers either dead, wounded, or missing. On September 17, 1862, McClellan attacked at dawn, igniting a battle that raged until sunset. By the end of the following day, Lee’s battered army began its withdrawal. The eventual Confederate retreat provided the Lincoln Administration a much sought after victory. President Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation just four days later, dramatically altering the very nature of the war.

Published by the University of Tennessee Press, Decisions at Antietam introduces readers to critical decisions made by Confederate and Union commanders throughout this pivotal campaign. Michael Lang examines the decisions that portended the action and shaped the course of the campaign as it unfolded. Rather than telling a linear history, Lang’s discussion of the critical decisions presents readers with a vivid blueprint of the campaign’s developments. Exploring the critical decisions in this way allows the reader to progress from a sense of what happened in these battles to why they happened as they did. There are currently 13 books in the Command Decision in America’s Civil War series, with a further five set to be published in the near future.  Michael’s second book in the series Decisions of the Maryland Campaign will be published later this year.

Michael Lang has been a life long lover of history – especially the Civil War. His book on Antietam has been recognized as one of the best in this “decisions” series. He is a successful photographer and his pictures of the modern day battlefield are exceptional. He has worked as a manager for FedEx for 35 years and lives in Frisco, Texas. His books will be available for purchase and signing at the meeting.

This should be a great program. See you on the 9th!