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We are amateur and professional historians in Central Indiana dedicated to studying and understanding the American Civil War. We welcome anyone interested in the American Civil War to join the ICWRT. Annual dues are $30 for an individual, $35 for a family,or $15 for a student. The dues are used to defray production costs of our newsletter, Hardtack, and other programs. We invite you to attend a meeting as a guest and we feel that you will enjoy your visit and enlist. To enlist for the upcoming campaign, Click Here for a membership form

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All Programs are Free & Open to the Public

This Month's Topic What: Indianapolis & the War of the Rebellion
Who: Fred Schaefer
When: Monday
February 12, 2018, at 7:30 p.m
Where: Indiana Historical Society Auditorium (Directions)
This presentation will be a brief history of Indianapolis during the Civil War 1861-65 with war installations (arsenals, hospitals, soldiers and family homes, camps with exact locations) and will also include post Civil War Indianapolis with National GAR encampment meetings, monuments and statues (Soldiers and Sailors Monument, O.P. Morton, etc.).

Fred Schaefer is a longtime member of the National "Society of Civil War Surgeons" (NSCWS). Fred is a living historian in which he portrays Dr. William H. Wishard from Indianapolis, Indiana. Fred has been presenting his Civil War medical knowledge and techniques, to Civil War Round Tables, Re-enactments, Medical Conferences, Museums, and Schools for over 25 years. Fred's antique Medical Surgical Instruments and Equipment can be viewed at the Colonel Eli Lilly's Civil War Museum, Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis.

2017-2018 Program Schedule

Sept. 11, 2017 The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson's Civil War Odyssey David Dixon
Oct. 9, 2017 The Angel of Marye's Heights Anthony J. Ziebol
Nov. 13, 2017 The American Civil War and Religion David Garshaw
Dec. 11, 2017 The Kimberlins Go to War: A Union Family in Copperhead Country Mike Murphy
Jan. 8, 2018 Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War: Exposing Confederate Conspiracies in America's Heartland Stephen Towne
Feb. 12, 2018 Indianapolis and the War of the Rebellion Fred Schaefer
Mar. 12, 2018 Above Us or Around Us: The Story and Men of the Bloody Eighth Jenny Thompson
Apr. 9, 2018 Cold Blooded Envenomation of 1861-65 Mark Laubacher
May 14, 2018 James Davy's Civil War Diary Meredith and Judy Wilson
June 11, 2018 On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013 Jennifer Murray

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