Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table (aacwrt.org)


Ken Baumann (aka "Ken"), kb64bau@sbcglobal.net
Vice President & Program Chair: Tom Nanzig (aacwrt@yahoo.com)
Secretary: Judy Freedman
Treasurer/Dues: Rosemary Baldwin,
Refreshments: Karen Baize,
, & Fred & Bonnie Priebe
...as the Lincolns.
Newsletter Editor: Fred Priebe,
Webmaster: Jim Epperson

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Who We Are
The Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table is a group of enthusiasts from the greater SE Michigan area who are interested in reading, discussing and hearing about the Civil War.

What We Do
The Round Table meets monthly to listen to speakers on various topics from the Conflict. We discuss issues of preservation, raise money for those issues, and get information on local, state and national Civil War news. We also hear from our members on the latest books, movies and TV programs of Civil War interest; when and where local living history or reenactments may be taking place; and recommendations on Civil War sites to visit.

Where We Meet
The Round Table meets at 7 pm on the second Monday of each month, September through June.

Our meeting place is:

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Administration Building Exhibition Room
5305 Elliott Drive (go to Lot "P")
Ann Arbor, Michigan
(opposite Washtenaw Community College)

Mouse-click here for a general location map in PDF format to print, if you need it. Other maps of the hospial campus and the building where we meet are here and here.


If you wish to become a member, just show up as our guest at one of the meetings and we will welcome you and fill you in on all we do; plus you can have a first hand experience at no cost. Of course, you are welcome to contact Fred (734-697-0484); Ken, (734-439-7657); or one of our other officers with questions.

When you do decide to join, for only $25.00 year, you (and/or your family) can:

Presentations from monthly speakers will enlighten and enthrall you on various topics from the Civil War. Past topics have included Civil War field artillery, Lincoln, Longstreet, the 19th Indiana Infantry reenacting, U.S. Colored Troops, and the common sailor in the U.S.Navy. Members receive a monthly newsletter containing information about our meetings, preservation news, information on other area Round Tables and items of Civil War interest.

Tired of trying to interest your friends in Civil War history? Our members love history! The "Members Moment" of each meeting is a time for anyone to bring up topics of personal Civil War interest, e.g., a good book, an out-of-the way museum you visited, an artifact you found in a flea market. We are interested!

We are also in the process of developing discussion groups on specific topics of the War. In groups such as book discussion, genealogy and a collectors forum you can find ways to pursue your individual interests.

Many of the Civil War sites around the country are in danger of being lost forever to development and neglect. Monuments and grave sites, battle flags and battlefields are falling into disrepair; preserving our past has become expensive. Through our monthly raffles and other activities, the Ann Arbor CWRT raises funds to donate to various causes. 1stSharpsFor example, we raised $1,000 to preserve the 1st Michigan Sharpshooter battle flag (first Union flag to fly over Petersburg, Virginia, signaling its surrender) kept in the State Capitol, donated funds to the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT). to purchase land at Brandy Station, Virginia, site of the Civil War's largest cavalry battle, and helped place a stone monument to the 7thMI.jpg 7th Michigan's actions at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Future benefits may include a lending library and member field trips to Civil War sites.

Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table Officers
President:  Ken Baumann (aka "Ken"), kb64bau@sbcglobal.net
Vice President & Program Chair:   Tom Nanzig

Secretary: Judy Freedman
Treasurer/Dues: Rosemary Baldwin,
Karen Baize, Judy Freedman, & Fred & Bonnie Priebe, ...as the Lincolns.
Newsletter Editor: Fred Priebe,
Webmaster: Jim Epperson

If you wish to become a member, it is easy. Just e-mail your 'snail-mailing address' to an AACW Round Table officer. You will be sent an invitation and instructions. Everyone is welcome.

For additional AACW Round Table information contact: Ken Baumann, kb64bau@sbcglobal.net, Fred Priebe, alincoln@comcast.net, or Jim Epperson jfepperson@gmail.com.

Click here for a list of Round Table websites from around the nation.


Music reference, "Michigan, My Michigan"

Copyright 1997-2009 Michael Gay, 2010 James F. Epperson. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any form, in part or in whole is prohibited without written permission. The Webmaster and all past and present officers would like to thank Michael Gay for his work as the AACWRT's first Webmaster.

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Created during March 1997. Published on March 11, 1997.

Changes last made on January 3, 2010.

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Next program---Apr. 10:  Dave Ingall---"Michigan Civil War Sites and Stories."

(The March program by Fred Priebe, "Why Did He Wait So Long?---Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation." was cancelled due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled for a future date.)

Last program---Feb. 13:   Jack Dempsey and Brian Egan---"Michigan at Antietam."

Last month's speakers wanted us to publicize their efforts to get a state monument at Antietam by posting some website addresses (Fred will put these in the next newsletter, too), etc.

Michigan Civil War Blog

Michigan History Center

Michigan Civil War Association (Facebook)

"Mercy Street," the well-received PBS show about a Civil War hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, begins its second season on Jan.  22.


Many members, I am sure, are interested and/or concerned about recent events at Vanderbilt University.  I would encourage folks to read a blog entry at Brooks Simpson's Crossroads blog  which contains a link to an excellent article by historian Karen Cox.  

The House Divided Project at Dickinson College is proud to announce the launch of a new type of online history journal that features interactive essays about the Civil War era.  The maiden issue of the Journal Divided (http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/sites/journal) highlights several excerpts from Michael Burlingame's prize-winning two-volume biography, Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Johns Hopkins, 2008) and offers particular insight about the Election of 1860.   Readers will discover over 50 pages from Burlingame's work presented in a format that allows direct access to many of his documents, sources, images, and other additional reference material.  Each excerpt contains both audio and video supplements as well as a printable PDF handout.  There is also a comment

function that allows readers to respond to each article.  You can find out more about the various online initiatives of the House Divided Project at http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/sites.

Southern Cultures, the award-winning and peer-reviewed quarterly from UNC's Center for the Study of the American South, has devoted a special section on its website to the Civil War, which includes direct links to all our content from the last decade for interested teachers, scholars, and students.  To date, over 57,000 people at 1400 colleges and universities in more than 60 countries have read Southern Cultures online.

               To view Civil War essays and features-and content on a number of other topics-please visit the READ page at www.SouthernCultures.org.