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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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Civil War Roundtable Speaker What: Six Turning Points of the American Civil War
Who: Edward H. Bonekemper, III
When: Monday
June 8, 2015 at 6:45PM
Where: MCL Cafeteria - Castleton
(5520 Castleton Corner Lane)
Please note that this meeting is on a Monday at 6:45 PM at the MCL in Castleton.

Civil War and military historian Ed Bonekemper delivers a stimulating presentation on this selection of six turning points of the Civil War:
  • Ulysses S. Grant's February 1862 capture of Forts Henry & Donelson in Tennessee
  • Lee's September 1862 strategic loss to George B. McClellan at Antietam
  • George Meade's July 1863 defeat of Lee at Gettysburg
  • Grant's mid-1863 capture of Vicksburg
  • Grant's November 1863 breakout at Chattanooga
  • William T. Sherman's September 1864 capture of Atlanta
Edward H. Bonekemper, III is Book Review Editor of Civil War News, a frequent Civil War speaker across the country, a former visiting lecturer in military history at Muhlenberg College, and the author of several books and articles on Civil War history. His newest book, Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won, will be published in October 2015. Four of his Civil War books, will be available for signing before and after dinner.
  • Grant and Lee: Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian
  • Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War
  • A Victor, Not a Butcher: Ulysses S. Grant's Overlooked Military Genius
  • How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War

2014-2015 Program Schedule

Sept. 14, 2015 Civil War Feuds: A Family Tradition Peter Mullen
Oct. 12, 2015 Alexander Gardner: Civil War Photographs and More Steve Rolfe
Nov. 9, 2015 William S. Rosecrans and the Union Victory David Moore
Dec. 14, 2015 The Irish Volunteer Mark LaPointe
Jan. 11, 2016 Acoustic Shadows During the Civil War Tony Roscetti
Feb. 8, 2016 Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Years Alan Teller
Mar. 14, 2016 The Battle of New Market Dave Sutherland
Apr. 11, 2016 Brown Water Navy Gary Joiner
May 9, 2016 Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War Brian Jordan
June 13, 2016 Forbidden, Hidden, & Forgotten: Women in the Ranks During the Civil War Shelby Harriel

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