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                A Message from the President

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear Members of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

As you know, events concerning the Coronavirus have been moving with lightning speed since our last dinner meeting on March 10th. Both public policy and common sense have joined to essentially ban any large groups of people coming together until the spread of this virus is checked. Of special concern to us is the fact that many of our regular dinner attendees are in the higher risk group of those over 65.

I spoke with the Capital City Club a little while ago, and they have canceled all events at their clubs until April 1, at which time their Board of Directors will re-evaluate the situation. My assumption, and Deb Wilson’s, our CCC contact, is that this will likely go on for some while longer, and that in any case our group of 80-100 is too large, based on City guidance at this time. We have cancelled our April 14 meeting with no penalty.

So, there will be no April meeting, with apologies to our speaker, Dr. Bill Feis, and all of our members, and will hope for the best for May, but leaving that open for now. I have also been in contact with Dr. Gary Gallagher, our May speaker, and he is willing to continue with plans to come, based on events in the next month to 5 weeks.

We do intend to publish a Battle Lines for April, with any news and to keep continuity of communications you, our Members. I will also send out in real time any important information as we get it.

I want you and yours to be safe and stay healthy during this national crisis. We remain one nation, under God, and we will get through this together. Our nation is strong today because our ancestors came together in unity after another national crisis over 160 years ago.



John A. Dietrichs
President, ACWRT 2019-2020

Tim Smith Speaks at March Round Table

On March 10 Dr. Timothy B. Smith, recipient of the  Round Table’s 2015 Richard Harwell Book Award, returned to the Round Table to speak on Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston. His presentation was entitled "Johnston's Iron Dice of Battle," and focused on the general's willingness to take risks in various aspects of his life - including battle.  




Hampton Newsome to Receive Award for Best Civil War Book Published in 2019

The Fight for the Old North State: The Civil War in North Carolina, January-May 1864 , by Hampton Newsome, has been named by the Atlanta Civil War Round Table as the 2020 winner of the prestigious Richard Barksdale Harwell Award. The award-winning work was published by the University Press of Kansas.

Newsome is an independent author who lives in Arlington, Virginia.  In addition to The Fight for the Old North State, he is the author of Richmond Must Fall: The Richmond- Petersburg Campaign, October 1864 (Kent State University Press, 2013)
, a study of Grant's and Lee's battles in the weeks before the 1864 election.  He is also co-editor of Civil War Talks: Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard and His Fellow Veterans (University of Virginia Press, 2012), along with John Selby and John Horn.  He is currently working on a study of the Blackberry Raid against Richmond during the Gettysburg Campaign.

Newsome will speak at the November 10, 2020, meeting of the Round Table.


Peter Cozzens Addresses Round Table


Historian Peter Cozzens spoke to the February Round Table meeting on Cahaba Prison.  Peter discussed how conditions  in this camp were superior to other prisons because of the humanity of commandant Colonel H.A.M. Henderson.      


Past Presidents honored at September meeting  


Top Row, L-R: Gordon Jones, Brian Wills, Bruce Stewart, Emmett Hall, Penn Templeman, Mike Behan, Grant Moseley, David Vaughan, Bill Erquitt, Grady Ireland, J.D. Humphries; Seated: Gould Hagler, Dudley Ottley, Barbara Long, Vicky Frolich, David Beale, Terry Kingery.

Dues for Campaign Year 2019-2020 are now payable.  You may pay online via the link on this page.


The Atlanta Civil War Round Table was organized in 1949 with the intent purpose to further the serious discussion and study of the American Civil War.

Meetings are held at Atlanta's Capital City Club on the second Tuesday of every month, with the exception of July and August. The evening's events start with a social hour at 5:30 PM and dinner at 7:00 PM. Check in by 6:30 PM. The speaker's program begins at 8:00 PM.

Capital City Club
7 John Portman Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 523-8221 

The emphasis for each meeting is on our guest speaker.  The meetings of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table regularly feature the top experts in various fields related to the Civil War.

Let us hear from you if you would like to join us one evening or if you have an interest in applying for a membership. Reservation for dinner must be made through Treasurer Tim Whalen, by mail, no later than noon on the Friday preceding the Tuesday meeting, or by paying on line via the link on this page.

 Atlanta Civil War Round Table
P. O. Box 2355
Griffin, GA 30224