Welcome to the website of the American Civil War Round Table (UK)
We’re a growing group of mostly British-based members, who get together and share information about all aspects of one of the greatest conflicts of the 19th century. You will also find here articles taken from our thrice yearly magazine ‘Crossfire’, that is free to members. If after browsing our site you would like to join us we’d be very happy to enrol you, whatever colour you prefer!
Our Round Table comprises people from all walks of life who are interested in any or all aspects of the war, but who also care enough to contribute to the growing number of initiatives to preserve this heritage for future generations. We meet frequently, mostly in London, to hear a wide variety of presentations on the war. Our speakers have included such published historians as Ed Bearss, Amanda Foreman and Gary Gallagher.
Why all this interest in American events of the past with so much history of our own? Surprisingly, we are the first in the line of Civil War Round Tables set up in the 1950s - almost exlusively in the United States. We have maintained a natural affinity with events of the Civil War. With many of its participants hailing from these islands it is perhaps not surprising that British viewpoints have been brought to bear on this all-American affair.
Field Trip - Battle of the Somme
The ACWRT (UK) are arranging a field trip to the Battle of the Somme which took place from 7th to 10th October 2016. The battle started on 1st July 1916 and continued until 17th November 2016 with 60,000 casualties of whom almost 20,000 died.
The tour will start by looking at the disastrous 'first day' of the battle and the blooding of the Kitchenerr's Pals batallions before examining new tactics and inventions such as the tank. The guide will be Ian Standen.
For more information, please contact Peter Lockwood on firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 01747 828 719.
Please contact Peter as soon as you can as the limited amount of places are almost full.
Meeting Dates 2016
2016 Meeting Dates
|Saturday May 7th at the Civil Service Club, London (CSC)||Custer in Texas |
(Kevin Galvin and Mike Fox - The Custer Association of Great Britain)
|Saturday July 16th at the CSC ||The Enigma that is Henry Halleck - Rees Taylor|
|Saturday September 17th at the CSC ||Longstreet (John Lee)|
|Friday October 7th to Monday 10th October||FIELD TRIP to The Somme.|
Guide – Iain Standen
|Saturday November 5th at the CSC||The ACWRT (AGM) follwed by Robert Cook|
The Enigma that is Henry Halleck
Henry Halleck has long split the Civil War community. A gallant supporter of the Union cause or simply an efficient clerk? A man of honour or a seeker of glory? At our July meeting, Rees Taylor will seek to unravel Halleck and provide us with some answers.
Peace to his Ashes - by John Murray
Most readers of Crossfire will, in the context of Civil War photography, be familiar with the names of Brady, Gardner and O’Sullivan. Many will also be aware of the images made by A. J. Russell and George N. Barnard. The latter took memorable photographs as he followed Sherman’s army in the 1864 Atlanta campaign and on its March to the Sea. Barnard did not, however, accompany Sherman’s army after it left Savannah, Georgia, early in 1865 and marched north through the Carolinas. Thus, Barnard was not present when Sherman’s forces entered Columbia, the state capital of South Carolina. On 17 February 1865 much of Columbia was burned. (There is still controversy as to who was responsible for the conflagration, Union or Confederate forces.) A local and prominent photographer, Richard Wearn, was present and shortly after the war, probably in May 1865, he took 19 carte de visite images of the destroyed city.
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Two Battles Compared – Antietam and Froeschwiller by David Kirkpatrick
On the 6th of August in 1870, a French Imperial army was deployed in a pre-selected ‘magnifique’ defensive position around the villages of Froeschwiller and Worth in Alsace, and it was attacked there by a much larger German army of two Prussian and two Bavarian corps. In this battle the French lost twice as many men as the Germans, and were driven from the battlefield in disorder. By contrast, in September 1862 a Confederate army hastily assembled on the west bank of the Antietam creek where it was attacked on the 17th by a much larger Union army. The Confederates resisted successive attacks, inflicted more casualties than they incurred, and remained on the battlefield overnight and through the following day. This paper discusses the reasons for these very different outcomes.
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