The Michigan Regimental Round Table

Great news: we will be able to hold our September, 2021 meeting at the Farmington Branch Library Monday, September 27 at 6:30 pm!

Our July, 2021 Newsletter is available here.

Unfortunately, this year's trip to Culpepper, VA has been cancelled. With our first meeting in September, there is not enough time to put all of the logistics together.

Image: CWRT Congress Logo In the meantime, we invite you to enjoy the virtual presentations listed on the left-hand menu below using the Zoom app—see the final paragraph below—presented by the Civil War Roundtable Congress (CWRT)

Check the Monthly Zoom Speaker menus on this page periodically, because the CWRT Congress frequently adds Speaker Events with only a brief advance notice, and/or scrambles topics and moves dates around.

Anyone using a smart phone, tablet, or a laptop / 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 obtain and use the Zoom App to participate.

CWRT Fridays with Grant
(Via Zoom)

N.B.: There will be no "Fridays with Grant" Presentation on August 6th

Grant Remembers "Nearly Being Captured in Collierville"
Dr. Curt Fields
Friday, August 13, 2021 at 7pm EDT

General Grant

Living historian Dr. Curt Fields portraying U. S. Grant will recall "nearly being captured in Collierville".

Grant Recalls When "Sherman Opposed Grant's Plan to Take Vicksburg"
Dr. Curt Fields
Friday, August 20, 2021 at 7pm EDT

General Grant and General Sherman on Vicksburg

Living historian Dr. Curt Fields will recall when "Sherman Opposed Grant's Plan to Take Vicksburg".

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CWRT August Speakers (Via Zoom)

"Andersonville Raiders"
Gary Morgan
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 7pm EDT

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On the evening of July 11, 1864, six men were handed over to a small execution squad, and while more than 26,000 Union prisoners looked on, the six were executed by hanging. Historian Gary Morgan explains who these men were,and how they came to such a fate.

Wednesday, August 11, 7pm:
"Embattled Capital:
A Guide to Richmond During the Civil War"
Bert Dunkerly and Doug Crenshaw

Aug 11 Program

Tuesday, August 17, 7pm:
"Their Maryland: The ANV from the Potomac Crossing to Sharpsburg in September 1862"
Alexander Rossino

August 17: Their Maryland with Alexander Rossino

Students of the Civil War tend to think the story of Robert E. Lee's 1862 Maryland Campaign is complete, and that any new study of the subject must by necessity rely on interpretations long-since accepted and understood. But what if this is not the case? What if the histories previously written about the first major Confederate operation north of the Potomac River missed key sources, proceeded from mistaken readings of the evidence, or were influenced by Lost Cause ideology?

Alexander B. Rossino, the author of "Six Days in September", demonstrates that distortions like these continue to shape modern understanding of the campaign in "Their Maryland: The Army of Northern Virginia From the Potomac Crossing to Sharpsburg in September 1862".

Rossino reassesses the history of the Confederate operation, tackling seven specific major issues:

  • Did Robert E. Lee Intend to Foment Rebellion in Maryland in September 1862?
  • The Army of Northern Virginia Crosses the Potomac to Liberate Maryland
  • Confederate Encampments Near Frederick City and the Implications for the Lost Orders Debate
  • Maryland Civilians and Confederate Failure in the State
  • Rebels Photographed in Frederick, Maryland: The Case for September 1862
  • A Critical Re-Assessment of Robert E. Lee's Defensive Strategy at Sharpsburg
  • Robert E. Lee on the Field at Sharpsburg

Did supply problems in Virginia force Lee north to press the advantage he had won after the Battle of Second Manassas? What did Rebel troops believe about the strength of secessionist sentiment in Maryland, and why? Did the entire Army of Northern Virginia really camp at Best’s Farm near Frederick, Maryland? Did D. H. Hill lose Special Orders No. 191, or is there more to the story? How did Maryland civilians respond to the Rebel army in their midst, and what part did women play? Finally, why did Robert E. Lee choose to fight at Sharpsburg, and how personally was he involved in directing the fighting?

Rossino makes extensive use of primary sources to explore these and other important questions, and in doing so reveals that many long-held assumptions about the Confederate experience in Maryland do not hold up under close scrutiny. The result is a well-documented reassessment that sheds new light on old subjects.

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CWRT October Speakers (Via Zoom)

Oct. 6 CWRT Zoom Session Image

CWRT July Speakers (Via Zoom)

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Civil War Round Table Congress decided to provide lectures from noted Civil War historians so that members of Civil War round tables around the world could continue their studies and enthusiasm for this period in American history. We knew that CWRTs would be forced to close their doors until the all-clear would be sounded. Click here to access all the available CWRT Congress Lectures.

MRRT: Who We Are

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.