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Civil War Round Table of Kansas City

The mission of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City is to promote historical, educational, literary, and preservation activities related to the Civil War.

546th Regular Meeting

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Milburn Golf and Country Club 7501 West 69th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204 Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.

This meeting will include a plated dinner at a cost of $32.00 per person. Reservations are required in order to attend the dinner meeting. Please note that wearing masks at the dinner meeting is optional.

Reservation Deadline: 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 7th. To make a reservation, please contact Susan Keipp.

December 2022 Meeting

At our dinner meeting on December 14th, the program will be the "Dickens Carolers in Concert." The Dickens Carolers are Kansas City’s premiere professional Christmas Caroling company, who will celebrate their 39th season of holiday caroling in 2022!

Brad Zimmerman, founder and manager, employs over 50 performers from all walks of life. The Dickens Carolers are costumed in beautiful turn-of-the-century attire and add a festive spark to any holiday gathering.

This should be a fun holiday program, so please come and enjoy the evening. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah.

Dinner Menu

Milbum Golf and Country Club will serve the following meal at our dinner meeting: Oven roasted prime rib, winter vegetable medley, and dauphinoise potatoes au gratin. Dessert will be brownie and peppermint ice cream. All All dinners are served with house salad with Milbum house dressing, sliced bread, iced tea, water, and coffee.

November 2022 Meeting

At our dinner meeting on November 16th, Round Table member Dr. Daniel B. Cudnik will give a program titled: “A Forensic Study of the Lincoln Assassination." Following the fatal shot, Lincoln received what was then considered cutting edge medical treatment. As we know, the President succumbed to his head wound and was transported to the White House for an autopsy, which was performed by two pathologists. The autopsy findings will be discussed in depth, along with questioning whether or not Lincoln could have survived the gunshot if it had occurred today.

Click here for a summary of the program.

Civil War Round Table Member Directory

The latest CWRT-KC Membership Roster is dated October 19, 2022.

Renew Your Membership

Click here to get the membership renewal form. The membership dues go to pay for our speakers' travel costs, our administrative expenses, and contributions for Civil War battlefield preservation. Membership dues for next year are the same as they were for this year: $35 for an individual or $55 for a couple. There are currently 107 members in the Round Table. Thank you for supporting the Round Table.

The cold weather is upon us and in the spirit of the Season we will be collecting clothing items for our needy, disabled, and homeless veterans in the Greater KC area. Recipients will include St. Michael's Veterans Center, CSL (Community Services League-begun by Bess Truman), and the Disabled American Veterans.

Please bring new (or gently used and clean) coats, pants, sweat shirts and tube socks to our scheduled Christmas dinner meeting in December.  Holly and Milburn Country Club have graciously offered to help with this by setting up a collection table and bagging all donations.

Thank You!

Book Auction

With apologies to our speakers, one of the highlights of each dinner meeting is the book auction led by Arnold Schofield.

This month the following books will be auctioned:

  • Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J.E.B. Stuart, by Jeffrey Wert, 2008. In excellent condition, with dust jacket.
  • The Civil War on the Border (2 volumes) by Wiley Britton, 1990 reprint of 1899 edition. In excellent condition.
  • Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography, by Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr., 1992. In excellent condition with dust jacket.
  • Civil War St. Louis, by Louis S. Gerteis, 2001. In excellent condition with dust jacket.
  • Four (4) Lithographs:
    >    Kansas Delaware Indians.
    >    National Flags and Navy Pennant in color.
    >    George A. Custer and J.E.B. Stuart, cavalry.
    >    Stonewall Jackson.
    Four (4) Civil War Collectible Plates:
    >    Robert E. Lee.
    >    Stonewall Jackson.
    >    Joshua L. Chamberlin.
    >    George A. Custer.

In Memoriam (Archives)

Remembering Lila Aamodt

We are very sorry to report that Lila Aamodt, a long-time member of our Round Table, has died due to pancreatic cancer.  Lila was a wonderful person and we always enjoyed hearing about her travels.  See our "In Memoriam" archives for more information about Lila's life.

Remembering Judge James F. Davis

Judge James F. Davis passed away on Sunday, November 13th, surrounded by family, after succumbing to injuries sustained in an accident. He was 74 years old. Judge Davis served as president of our Round Table in 1984. See our "In Memoriam" archives for more information.

Remembering John Charles Byram, Jr

We were very sad to hear that Round Table member John Charles Byram, Jr passed away on October 30, 2022. John was descended from the Byrams after whom Byram's Ford on the Blue River was named. For the past several years, John was active in helping preserve the Big Blue Battlefield. We will miss him. See our "In Memoriam" archives for more informaiton about John's life.

Member News

My Visit to Harpers Ferry

by Lane Smith

I recently vacationed with my older brother from Pittsburgh PA. The trip was two fold:

  • I wanted to drive to West Virginia, which we did, traveling over a thousand miles, on two lane highways, in five days with many tourist stops, including Ft. Necessity, Monticello, Harpers Ferry (see Photos 1 and 2), a coal mine museum in Beckley WV, the capitol of WV at Charleston to include the capitol museum, and an oil & gas museum at Parkersburg WV. West Virginia is a beautiful state to travel.
  • I also wanted to visit Charles Town WV to see if there was historical data concerning the trial and execution of John Brown.

This is a link to the full article he wrote about his visit.

New Members

We would like to welcome the following new members in 2022:

  • Brendan Griffey
  • Lila Knott
  • Terry Manies and John Hart
  • Jonathan Jones
  • Dr. Bruce and Barbara Graham
  • Bruce and Charlene Gordon
  • Ed Gault
  • Rhonda Cooksey
  • John Portillo
  • Brian Lawson
  • Chuck LaRose
  • Dr. David Meyers
  • Karl Schletzbaum

Battlefield Dispatches

"Battlefield Dispatches" made its first appearance in the Border Bugle with the December 2005 issue. The column was later given the label, "The Sergeant Major’s Roar." Over time, the Round Table's Website Administrator will be slowly all the "Battlefield Dispatches" which have appeared in the Border Bugle. The website administrator will enhance Sgt. Maj. Arnold Schofield's column with images where applicable. Just click on the menu item, Sgt. Major's Roar, to see the progress.

We are pleased to announce that the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City has joined the Amazon Associates program. On our website we will provide links to, primarily for books of interest to our membership. If you click this link and make a qualifying purchase on, the Round Table will receive a small advertising fee. This fee does not increase the cost of your purchase. Thank you for supporting the Civil War Round Table by clicking these links.

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Civil War Round Table of Kansas City
436 West 88th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64114

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