Where We Meet!
 

The 3 West Club
3 West 51st Street
New York City
 

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

Come Enjoy!
 
"Dinner and a Speaker"

5:00pm Cocktails
6:00pm Dinner     
7:00pm Speaker   

 

 $50.00 members
$60.00 guests    

     
 

About the Civil War Round Table of New York

In 2011, the Civil War Round Table of New York celebrated its 60th anniversary, making it one of the oldest round tables dedicated to the study of America’s Civil War.

The club generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month, September to June. Meetings are held at a convenient midtown location, The 3 West Club, at 3 West 51st Street in Manhattan.

Our Expert Speakers address a wide variety of Civil War related topics, often from their published material. Also, there are frequent updates about preservation strategies of battlefields and other sites.

Past speakers have included "Legends" as Ed Bearss, James I. Robertson, Jr., James McPherson, Shelby Foote 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 CWRT/NY 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 CWRT/NY 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 recently renamed 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, the Shenandoah Valley, Shiloh, Richmond, Vicksburg, and other famous locations.

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

PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR NEXT MEETING!

It is not surprising at all that so many people are still deeply interested in that peculiar period of American history, the years 17861 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 romantic 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 some plots.

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 t he 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. 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. A Confederate raide4r, 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 over a sixty year period. In the long ago past, speakers included Bruce Catton, Allan Nevins, Douglas Southall Freeman and Shelby Foote. Currently we have heard James T. Robertson, Jr., Craig Symonds, Will Green, and other well know historians.

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

Every January we have Lee/Jackson night when a speaker discusses one of these famous Confederate generals or a related Southern topic.

Our February meeting is devoted to Abraham Lincoln and the Barondess/Lincoln Award which is presented to "any person or institution and for any contribution to the greater appreciation of the life and works of Abraham Lincoln." Named in memory of Benjamin Barondess, a charter member of the Round Table, the award has been presented since 1962 to such worthies as Gore Vidal, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Governor Mario Cuomo, and Gabor Boritt among others.

Each May the Fletcher Pratt Award is presented to the author or editor of the best non-fiction book about the Civil War published in the previous calendar year. Named in memory of Fletcher Pratt, a journalist, author, and charter member of the Round Table, the award has been presented since 1956. Recipients included Bruce Catton, Shelby Foote, Steven Woodworth, Gary Gallager, Stephen Sears, and Amanda Foreman.

To help keep the history of this time alive, a number of men and women organized the Civil War Round Table of New York in 1951. They included reporters, historians, professors, military personnel and many others.

The Civil War Round Table of New York meets the second Wednesday of the month from September to June at the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street in Manhattan. At each  meeting we listen to a historian speak about a particular aspect of the war.

To paraphrase Jeb Stuart, "If you want to have fun, join the CWRTNY." In October, the Round Table conducts a trip to a Civil War battlefield and related historic sites.

The Civil War Round Table of New York
Officers and Directors 2016-2017

Paul Weiss, President

Michael Connors, VP of Programs

Joan McDonough, VP of Operations

E. A. “Bud” Livingston, Treasurer

Patricia Holohan, Secretary
 

Board of Directors

2017
Daniel McCarthy
Kris Kasnicki

2018
Beth Connors
Marty Smith

2019
William Finlayson
Judith Hallock

 

 

 
 

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