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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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This Month's Topic What: Lew Wallace's Civil War Career
Who: Ray Boomhower
When: Monday
January 9, 2017, at 7:30 p.m
Where: Indiana Historical Society Auditorium (Directions)
At various times in his remarkable life, Lew Wallace of Indiana was a lawyer, a state senator, vice president of the court-martial that tried the conspirators behind the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, governor of the New Mexico Territory during the days of outlaw Billy the Kid, best-selling author, and a diplomat who represented the United States in Turkey. Ray E. Boomhower will examine Wallace's turbulent career as a Civil War officer. Boomhower will track Wallace as he advances from colonel of the Eleventh Indiana to promotion to major general and subsequent downfall following the Battle of Shiloh. He will also talk about Wallace's defense of Cincinnati from Confederate attack and the resurrection of his military career as commander of the Middle Department and role in saving Washington, D.C. from Confederate attack at the Battle of Monocacy.

Ray Boomhower is interim senior director of the Indiana Historical Society Press, where he also is editor of the IHS's popular history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. In addition to his Wallace biography, Boomhower has written books on such notable Hoosiers as Gus Grissom, Ernie Pyle, May Wright Sewall, and John Bartlow Martin. He is currently writing a book for Indiana University Press on World War II correspondent Robert L. Sherrod, who covered the Pacific war for Time magazine.

2016-2017 Program Schedule

Sept 12, 2016 Fire in the Water James Alexander Thom
Oct. 10, 2016 Who Was Private John Rooks? : Counties Named for Civil War Combat Deaths Charlie Aiken
Nov. 14, 2016 The War Not Forgotten - Civil War Soldiers, Central State Hospital and PTSD Robert Houghtalen
Dec. 12, 2016 Maps, Mapping & Mapmakers of the Civil War: A Novice Explorer's Perspective Lou Malcomb
Jan. 9, 2017 Lew Wallace's Civil War Career Ray Boomhower
Feb. 13, 2017 Paying for the Civil War: Taxes, Internal Revenue and Enrolled Agents Jim Floyd
Mar. 13, 2017 Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy Gary Joiner
Apr. 10, 2017 A Visit with Jennie Wade's Mother Connie Hansen
May 8, 2017 The Murder of Major General William "Bull" Nelson Robert I. Girardi
June 12, 2017 Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre Thomas Bogar

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