The Michigan Regimental Round Table

Our April Newsletter is now available. We are optimistic regarding our ability to at least hold some meetings and the fall trip to the Culpepper area (see below). Jeanie Graham said that the library has reimbursed us for all of our missed 2020 meetings.

We have decided to postpone (not cancel) our Brandy Station / Culpepper Field Trip until the Fall of 2021 because of the Covid-19 Virus. We also plan to keep Clark "Bud" Hall as our great Tour Guide.

In the meantime, we invite you to enjoy the virtual presentations listed on the left-hand menu below (using the Zoom app—also see below) from the Civil War Roundtable Congress (CWRT), which include:

  • "Fridays with Grant" (Friday evenings 7 pm EST)
  • "Guest Speakers" (Usually Wednesday evenings 7 pm EST)

Check the Monthly Zoom Speaker menus on this page periodically, because they frequently add Speaker Events with only a brief notice,and/or scramble topics and move dates around.

Anyone using a smart phone, tablet, or a laptop or desktop PC equipped with a webcam and microphone/speaker can participate via ZOOM. If you are new to ZOOM, check out these resources on how to participate.

CWRT Fridays with Grant

"Grant and the Civil War"
Friday, May 7 at 7pm EDT

Image: General Grant and Lincoln

Ulysses S. Grant will answer all your questions about the war years of 1861-1865. This will be a live event.

"Behind the Curtain—A Man Out of Character—Redux"
Friday, May 14 at 7pm EDT

Image: General Grant and Lincoln

Dr. Curt Fields will answer all your questions about being a living historian including his research, mindset, costumes, staying in character, etc. This will be a live event.

CWRT May Zoom Speakers

"The Battle of Memphis"
(Newport News Museum & Park Civil War Lectures)
Friday, May 7, 2021 at Noon EDT

Join John Quarstein, renowned historian and director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, as he presents on the intriguing maritime history of the Civil War. This long-running series explores the ships, personalities, technologies, and battles that would shape our nation for the next 150 years.

Quarstein will give a presentation on the first battle of Memphis that was fought on the Mississippi River, and witnessed by many of the citizens of Memphis, TN.

The Confederate River Defense Fleet attempted to block the Federal fleet's movement down the Mississippi River following the Island No. 10 defeat. As the Federals began to invest Fort Pillow, the Confederates attacked on May 10, 1862, at Plum Point Bend, sinking two Union City-class ironclads. The victory was short-lived as the Federal fleet of ironclads, rams, and timberclads crushed the Confederate fleet. On June 6, 1862, the citizens of Memphis gathered to watch. Now, only Vicksburg and Port Hudson blocked Federal control of the Mississippi River.

"Take That Woman Out,
and Do Not Let Her In Again!"
Lee Ann Rose As Mary Todd Lincoln
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7pm EDT

The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln struck the nation a serious and tragic blow. However, the tragedy struck no one harder and with more force than the Lady who sat by his side, Mary Todd Lincoln.

The mind-numbing swiftness of the act, his rapid conveyance to the Peterson House, the disbelief and mounting grief she felt and those in his cabinet that disregarded her suffering as he struggled to live—the pain she felt and her shunning by those in her husband's inner circle are dramatically and masterfully portrayed in this presentation.

"Elmer Ellsworth and the U. S. Zouave Cadets"
Douglas Dammann
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7pm EDT

In the summer of 1860, Elmer Ellsworth and a civilian militia company of 50 men from Chicago set out on a twenty-city tour to prove the value of their Zouave training.

The tour was a success beyond their wildest dreams. When war started and their training was needed on the battlefield, rather than the parade ground, the men who had accompanied Ellsworth found themselves in positions of leadership within the Union army.

Mr. Dammann's talk explores Elmer Ellsworth's widespread influence on the northern army despite his death early in the conflict

"Iron Brigade Wounded Evacuated from the Antietem Battlefield"
Gordon Dammann
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7pm EDT

Gordon Dammann will recount the heroics of the Iron Brigade at Antietam (Sharpsburg) and how they were evacuated to medical care and treatment. Dr. Dammann is the founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and an emeritus battlefield guide at Antietam.

CWRT June Zoom Speakers

"Money Alternatives During the American Civil War"
Dana Zeiser
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 7pm EDT

There was a terrible coin shortage during the Civil War. Dana Zaiser will describe the alternatives that the public used while conducting business including paper scrip, stamps, encased stamps, federally issued fractional currency, and tokens will be discussed.

Zaiser is president of the Olde Colony CWRT of Dedham, MA and has been published five times on this suoject.

"Leslie Goddard as Clara Barton,
Civil War Battlefield Nurse"
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 7pm EDT

"I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight,I can stand and feed and nurse them."—Clara Barton

Clara Barton earned fame as the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. This living-history program brings to life the story of Barton's wartime work, including her decision to provide care for soldiers and her experiences working at battlefield hospitals. Her stories—funny, poignant, and sometimes heartbreaking—reveal the medical conditions of Civil War soldiers and the courage required for a woman to defy conventions during a national crisis.

"Creative Science & Technology in the Civil War"
Charles D. Ross
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 7pm EDT

Scientist and historian Charles D. "Chuck" Ross will discuss the problems Lt. Colonel Henry Pleasants faced and his innovative approach to ventilating the Petersburg Mine.
He will also tell the story of how Colonel George Rains built, trained, staffed, engineered and managed the productive Confederate Powder Works in Augusta.
And he will provide a clear understanding of acoustic shadows and how that natural phenomena vexed the commanders at Iuka, Seven Pines and other battlefields.

"Mark Dunkleman:
Adventures of a Civil War Historian"
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 7pm EDT

"Civil War Prisons"
David L. Keller
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 7pm EDT

"A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him."— Winston Churchill.

Over the course of the Civil War, more than four hundred thousand prisoners were taken by the combined military forces—he largest number in any conflict up to that time, and nearly fifty¬≠eight thousand of these men died while incarcerated or soon after their release.

CWRT July Zoom Speakers

"Ever the Gray Ghost:
Colonel John Singleton Mosby and
the Lincoln Conspiracies"
David Goetz
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 7pm EDT

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Historian David Goetz explores Confederate Col. JohnS. Mosby's role in the Lincoln Conspiracies and the efforts to capture him and those who wanted Lincoln captured.

He explores the broad and deep Confederate underground system of spies and other clandestine operators. He examines Mosby's role and that of his Rangers within the larger context of the operation, Mosby's communications system with Richmond and the importance of cover stories.

Goetz then traces how Mosby Ranger Lewis Powell was drawn into clandestine work by the Confederate Secret Service and ultimately introduced to John Wilkes Booth. This fascinating story is not to be missed

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CWRT August Zoom Speakers

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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, when we traditionally do not meet) at the Farmington Community Library, Farmington Branch, 23500 Liberty St. Farmington, MI 48335. (248) 553•0300 Meetings start at 6:30 p.m.

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 Jeanie Graham and can be mailed to her home at 29835 Northbrook, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-2326. The bank does NOT like checks made out to the Roundtable. Our checks may also be brought to our monthly meeting and given to Jeanie. Cash is always welcome.

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