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April 13 Meeting of Round Table

The April meeting of the Round Table will feature Matt Hulbert, who will speak on "How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West" and his book The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory.    


Time: Apr 13, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Harwell Award Winner Hampton Newsome to Speak at June 8 Meeting


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

As previously announced,
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 was scheduled for the November 10, 2020, meeting, but the event was postponed because of the COVID pandemic.

Stephen Davis 2021 Winner of Richard Barksdale Harwell Award

The Richard Barksdale Harwell Award Committee has selected Stephen Davis as the winner of the 2021 award for the best book on a Civil War topic published in 2020.  Davis is being honored for his second volume of a two-part study of the generalship of John Bell Hood, Into Tennessee and Failure: John Bell Hood, published by Mercer University Press. Davis will speak at the November 2021 meeting of the Round Table at which time the award will be presented.


Two Video Book Reports Now Available

The Richard Barksdale Harwell Award Committee has begun to produce videos reviewing books that have been considered for the prestigious award. “We have always publicized the books chosen for the annual award,” said committee chairman Gary Barnes, “and with this new service we will also tell our members and others about the many other fine works on the Civil War that have been nominated.”

Barnes added that committee members may also produce reviews of other works as well. “We don’t need to limit ourselves to those nominated for the Harwell Award. There are also many other very worthy books.”

Click here for the review of Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood by Stephen Davis, done by Bob Fugate.

Click here for the review of The Union Assaults on Vicksburg, by Timothy B. Smith,  also done by Bob Fugate.

Spring Field Trips

Executive Committee member John Miller has arranged four field trips to be held this spring.  Our first outing, held on March 27, was a tour of Confederate lines on what is now the campus of Georgia Tech, led by Charlie Crawford.  See the activities page for a report on the outing and some pictures.  

Here is a list of upcoming field trips.

April 17: A visit to Chickamauga for an examination of the park's battlefield monuments, guided  by Jim Ogden.

May 15: Battle of Jonesboro, led by Bill Dodd.

June 17: Sweetwater Creek and the New Manchester Mill, with Sarah Kelehear as our guide.

Special restrictions will apply for all these field trips because of the COVID pandemic.

For more information please see this website's activities page.

Plans for Upcoming Zoom Meetings

At our May 11 meeting Cory Pfarr will speak on James Longstreet and his book Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment.

At the June 8 meeting our Harwell Award winner for 2020 will speak on the subject of his book, The Fight for the Old North State.  


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