About the Michigan Regimental Round Table


The 1864 Election was the first time a country held an election during the midst of a Civil War. President Lincoln's opponent was General George McClellan, hero of the Army of the Republic. The two parties were split on the war with Republicans (National Union Party) pursuing the war until the Confederates surrendered and the Democrats desiring a negotiated settlement with the South. There were few limits on election poster contents and other media.

Fred Priebe has been doing President Lincoln first-person presentations since 1966. He has spoken to numerous audiences in several states and four countries, including Australia, Canada, England, and France. Fred has won the award for "Best Abraham Lincoln" by the Association of Lincoln Presenters. He is a member of several Lincoln societies. He previously spoke to our Roundtable on "Why Did We Wait So Long?"—a discussion of the Emancipation Proclamation.

In addition, there will be two other important items on the agenda:

  • We will be electing new officers! Mollie is retiring as Secretary after many years of service and George will be retiring as coffee sergeant. All of our positions, including President, will be up for a vote. Your participation in this Roundtable will be greatly appreciated.

  • Our January meeting will also begin the process of selecting our 2019 trip destination. Please bring your trip ideas for our consideration. Voting will begin during the February 25th meeting, with the final vote occurring at the March 25th meeting.Recent field trips have included:
  • 2006: Franklin and Nashville
  • 2007: Gettysburg
  • 2008: Vicksburg
  • 2009: Chancellorsville & Fredericksburg
  • 2010: Wilderness & Spotsylvania
  • 2011: Springfield, Illinois
  • 2012: 1st and 2nd Bull Run
  • 2013: Charleston, SC
  • 2014: Appomattox
  • 2015: Perryville
  • 2016: Antietam & Harper's Ferry
  • 2017: Shiloh
  • 2018: Chickamauga & Chattanooga
Image: Who We Are and Our Motto

What We Do

We meet monthly to hear from our members on the latest books, issues of preservation, and other items of Civil War interest. At each meeting, a keynote speaker provides a presentation on a Civil War topic. A monthly newsletter is send by email and also snail-mailed to members.

In addition, each October we take our Annual Field Trip, in which MRRT members travel to a Civil War battlefield for a weekend tour.

Where and When We Meet

We meet on the last Monday of the month (except in October, when we go on our Annual Field Trip, and December) at the Farmington Community Library, Farmington Branch, 23500 Liberty St. Farmington, MI 48335. (248) 553•0300 Meetings start at 6:30 p.m.

Get Driving Directions to the Farmington Branch from MapQuest.


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2019 Meetings

Join Us—Become A Member

The monthly program is open to all, but only members receive the monthly newsletter and can participate in the MRRT annual field trip. Annual membership dues are $5 for students and $20 for all others. The dues are used to cover expenses for speakers, facilities, preservation and administrative costs. Checks should be made out to Don Kadar and can be mailed to his home at 61895 Fairland Drive, South Lyon, MI 48178; or simply brought to a meeting and given to Don or Jeanie Graham. Cash is also welcomed.

For information on how to join the MRRT, come visit us at our monthly meeting, or email Jim Burroughs.