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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 12th – Fort Worth Fights the Civil War – 1865-1913

Presented by Dr. Richard Selcer, Author, Professor, Tour Guide

Dinner: 6:00 PM  Menu: Pecan Crusted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad and Dessert

$20, RSVP to or by calling or texting 817-307-9263.

Program: 7 PM

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

In 1861 Fort Worth was a sleepy little village with a few hundred inhabitants.  By 1865 the population had dropped to 175.  So there is not much Civil War history in Fort Worth, but the CW had a major effect on the development of the City.  Many Confederate (and Union) veterans and their families moved to Fort Worth in the 1870’s and 1880’s.  The population had exploded to over 20,000 by 1890.  As a result, organizations were formed like the UCV (United Confederate Veterans) and the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic)  Their activities climaxed with the 1913 Gettysburg Reunion.  Post Civil War was an active time in Fort Worth with many good stories.  Our speaker, Dr. Richad Selcer, is looking forward to sharing some with the group.  It should be a great program!

               Dr. Selcer is the author of 14 books and more than fifty magazine/journal articles.  Most of his writing has been on the Civil War, Fort Worth and the West.  His book Hell’s Half Acre: The Life and Legend of a Red-light District is a classic.  He is also well-known for his frequent articles in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  He has an M.A. from Austin College and a Ph.D from TCU.  For many years, he split his time between teaching in Fort Worth and in foreign countries including Austria, Bulgaria, and the Ukraine.  He is also a high-school basketball official and loves to lead walking tours of Fort Worth (including one with Ed Bearss).                

See you on the 12th!