Where We Meet!

The Coffee House Club
20 West 44th Street
6th Floor
New York City, NY

Please call to reserve your place at least
7 days before each meeting:
Telephone number: 718-341-9811

Come Enjoy!
"Dinner and a Speaker"

5:30pm to 7:00pm Cash Bar
6:00pm Dinner     
7:00pm Speaker   


 $60.00 members
$75.00 guests 


About the Civil War Round Table of New York

The Civil War Round Table of New York is a membership organization celebrating its 69th anniversary this year, making it one of the oldest round tables dedicated to the study of America’s Civil War.

The club generally meets once a month from September to June. Meetings are held in New York City at The 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street in Manhattan.

Our Expert Speakers, Authors and Historians address a wide variety of Civil War related topics including frequent updates about preservation strategies of battlefields and other sites.

Past speakers have included "Legends" like Ed Bearss, James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., James McPherson, Shelby Foote, Harold Holzer and Doris Kearns Goodwin, among others.

The January meeting is Lee/Jackson Night, when a speaker discusses these generals or a related southern topic.

The Barondess/Lincoln Award is presented each February to any person or institution for contributing to the greater appreciation of the life and work of Abraham Lincoln. Named in memory of Benjamin Barondess, a CWRTNY founding, charter member, the award has been presented annually since 1962.

The Fletcher Pratt Literary Award is presented in May to the author or editor of the best non-fiction book about the Civil War published during the previous calendar year. Named in memory of Fletcher Pratt, journalist, author, and CWRTNY charter member, the award has been presented annually since 1956.

The Bell I. Wiley Award honors the non-literary and/or the artistic talents of those who have contributed to a greater understanding and preservation of any aspect of the Civil War.

The James I. Robertson Young Reader Award acknowledges significant literary contributions, fiction or non-fiction, about the Civil War for elementary and high school students and has been named for the renowned historian.

The Round Table conducts an annual trip to a Civil War battlefield or related historical site. Battlefield Tours have been made to Gettysburg, Appomattox, Petersburg, the Shenandoah Valley, Shiloh, Richmond, Vicksburg, and other famous locations.

If you like history...if you share our interest in the Civil War and its heritage...


Why Still The Fascination With The Civil War?

By Bud Livingston

It is not surprising at all that so many people are still deeply interested in that peculiar period of American history, the years 1861 through 1865. What is a surprise, though, is that more and more people do not follow suit. The factual interest is enormous, sometimes incredible, and source material abounds.

What work of fiction could possibly match this saga of internecine warfare? What contemporary writer could have dreamed up the set of characters that were involved? A general whose men refuse to fight unless he goes to the rear, away from danger. Two of the most successful figures of the war who were unsuccessful in civilian life during the fighting one was deemed crazy…the other a drunk. A third (hardly a more prominent figure exists even today!), a solitary martinet, sucked lemons and refused to tell subordinates his plans. One cavalry leader couldn't spell but always demanded surrender "to prevent further effusion of blood"…another kidnapped a banjo player to entertain his troops.

These were just a few of the characters. Now…for some plots. Imagine this…

A set of Rebel orders, found on an open field wrapped up with three cigars, plays a decisive part in one of the major battles of the war, a so-called victory for the Union, which brings forth an Emancipation Proclamation, in effect, keeping England and France from recognizing the Confederacy, a major triumph for the North. Or…When a group of Pennsylvania coal miners turned soldier, ply their trade again and dig a 511-foot tunnel to reach the Confederate defenses, a mighty explosion follows. Unhappily, a political decision causes untrained troops to be used, resulting in the slaughter of the attackers. Or…A Confederate raider, purchased by Theodore Roosevelt's uncle, ruins Northern shipping by burning or capturing 69 Union vessels. The famous Alabama is sunk off the French coast by the USS Kearsage, and the survivors are picked up by British yachts.

All of these topics have been touched upon by our speakers for over six decades. In the long ago past, speakers included Bruce Catton, Allan Nevins, Douglas Southall Freeman and Shelby Foote. Currently we have heard Ed Bearss, “Bud”Robertson, “Jack” Davis, Harold Holzer, Allen Guelzo, and other well-known historians.

No wonder so many of us try to relive this period in so many ways once a month from September to June. The wonder is that there aren't a host of others joining us.

To paraphrase one of our original members and a direct descendent of Jeb Stuart, "If you want to have fun, join the CWRTNY."


The Civil War Round Table of New York
Officers and Directors 2019-2020

Kris Kasnicki , President

Margaret Echaniquei, VP of Programs

Joan McDonough, VP of Operations

Mike Connors, Treasurer

Pat Holohan, Secretary

Board of Directors


Daniel McCarthy
Paul Weiss

Beth Connors
Carolyn Roxon

John Allen
Bill Finlayson

Board Member At Large – Dave Licalzi



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