The American Civil War Round Table (UK)

A defining time in America's history


We’re a 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 find on our site details of our education, preservation and social activities, and 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, whether you are blue or gray or simply neutral.

Why all this interest in American events of the past with so much history of our own? Surprisingly, we are the first of the Civil War Round Tables set up in the 1950s – even before our many fellow societies in the United States.  Since then we have maintained this country’s 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.

ACWRT logo.png

"It is easy to see that, under the sharp discipline of civil war, the nation is beginning a new life. "

Abraham Lincoln

"I know Mr Davis thinks he can do a great many things other men would hesitate to attempt. For instance, he tried to do what God failed to do. He tried to make a soldier of Braxton Bragg, and you know the result."


General Joseph E Johnston

  • Dreams of Empire Shattered – The Baylor –Sibley Campaigns of 1861
    16 Jul, 13:00 – 15:00 BST
    By Zoom
    In keeping with our theme of the War in Trans Mississippi our July lecture focuses on the frequently neglected story of the campaigns led by John R Baylor and Henry Sibley in the spring of 1861 and the winter of 1862 across present day Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.
  • Programme of Events 2022
    London and Online
    London and Online, Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ, UK
    Our 2022 Conference in May will be on 'War in the Trans-Mississippi' and we have a great programme to back it up, with talks both supporting our theme and adding variety. Join us in person or online.
  • 2022 Field Trip:  Sedan 1870-1940.  From £575
    4 day trip, 30 Sept-3 October 2022
    4 day trip, 30 Sept-3 October 2022
    Sedan, 08200 Sedan, France
    The French city of Sedan has been a critical battleground in three major wars. In 1870, its fall bought down Napoleon III, in 1914 it saw some of the bloodiest battles of WW1, and in 1940 it was the location for the Nazis greatest victory. Join us to find out why Sedan is such an important site.


ACWRT logo - new.png


Our forthcoming events


"God have mercy on Bobby Lee for I shall have none."

Brig Gen Joseph Hooker

ACWRT logo - new.png


Try our short picture quiz

How well do you know the Civil War Navies?


“What I now ask of you is military success, and I will risk the dictatorship”

Abraham Lincoln


"War is all hell."

William Tecumseh Sherman