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About Us


Since our establishment in 1953 the ACW Roundtable (UK) has dedicated itself to the study of the American Civil War.  Since 2017 we have been a UK registered charity whose aims are to educate people about all aspects of the war, and to preserve the heritage of the war both in the United Kingdom and in the United States.


We meet up about half a dozen times a year for presentations given  by members and invited speakers from both the UK and the USA.  These are usually in London but we welcome the opportunity to hold events in other locations.  We also hold several online events which are available on our YouTube channel.




We hold an annual weekend conference, and have a field trip once a year to look at other wars and battles, usually in Europe.


On top of this we produce two separate publications, both free to members.  Our printed magazine Crossfire comes out three times a year and features much original research.  Our online newsletter Vedette is more informal.  Both of these welcome members participation.

We are a friendly, all-inclusive group of people who share a common passion.  If military history is your interest, and particularly the American Civil War, then the ACWRT(UK) is the society to join.  You will receive a very friendly welcome.

Our banner is from an oil painting by Keith Rocco entitled 'Reverse the Trenches'. It was commissioned by former president of the ACWRT(UK), Peter Lockwood, and unveiled at our 50th Anniversary seminar, May 2003.


It shows the Confederate assault on Union earthworks during the Battle of Cedar Creek, 19 October 1864.


The painting depicts the portion of the earthworks occupied by the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Division, Emory's XIX Corps, commanded by Colonel Edward Leslie Molineux, an Englishman by birth.

Reverse the Trenches painting

"You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.”

Abraham Lincoln

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