Round Table

Presented by Scott Mingus

August 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Little Round Table

Led by Emil Posey

August 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Upcoming Round Tables

  • Oct-14 TBD presented by TBD
  • Mar-10 TBD presented by Philip Leigh
  • Apr-14 TBD presented by TBD

Who We Are

The Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table (TVCWRT), was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1993 to provide a forum for non-partisan study, education, and discussions concerning the American Civil War, and to support the preservation of Civil War battlefields, and related activities. We are a certified as a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization, and membership dues are used for preservation and educational efforts throughout the Tennessee Valley region.

We meet the second Thursday of every month starting at 6:30 PM, except for December. Our meetings are held at:

Huntsville Elks Lodge
725 Franklin St. SE
Huntsville, AL 35801-4309

The program will always feature a nationally or regionally known speaker, and we are well known for covering a wide variety of Civil War topics. Annual membership dues are $30 per household, which includes up to two members per household. Free memberships are offered to full-time students (elementary through undergraduate). The Little Round Table (LRT) Discussion Group is our second monthly forum where a smaller group of interested members and guests enjoy an in-depth discussion of a Civil War topic. The LRT meets at the Elks Lodge at 6:30 PM, the fourth Thursday of every month except November (the last meeting of the year takes place the second Thursday of December, in place of a general meeting).

For questions about the TVCWRT, call (256) 278-5533. We also have a Facebook page.

Our mailing address is:
Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table
P.O. Box 2872
Huntsville, Alabama 35804

President’s Welcome

Welcome to the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table (TVCWRT), now over 28 years old.  Article 2 of our Bylaws describes our mission: “The TVCWRT was founded as a not-for-profit organization to provide a forum for non-partisan study, education, and discussions concerning the American Civil War, and to support the preservation of Civil War battlefields, and related activities.”  Our Round Table is one of the largest in the country filled with members of exceptional knowledge and talent.  As a non-partisan organization, we study both sides of the war with equal alacrity. A number of our members are avid scholars of the War Between the States.  A number know very little.  We are all drawn together by a desire to share information and learn more.  We do this through several venues.

Our monthly meetings have program speakers who are experts in their fields.  Many of our speakers are nationally recognized historians or regional / local experts.  Our programs cover a variety of topics relating to the war including personalities, battles and campaigns, technology, and social/economic issues.  For example, the late scholar-historian-author, Dr. Bud Robertson, has spoken to our Round Table.  Dr. Curt Fields has given a superlative first-person soliloquy on General U.S. Grant and is scheduled to return in the future due to his popularity.  Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park Ranger-Historian Jim Ogden has spoken on the battle of Chickamauga — and assisted by leading a tour of the battle for Chattanooga.  All of these historians are recognized nationally as experts on the war.  There are many more.  We are very fortunate to have access to them.

Our professionally designed website (tvcwrt.org) has become an outstanding source of research information, especially for students.  The monthly newsletter is a high-quality publication with interesting and informative articles, news, and book reviews.  The newsletters can be found on our website which is open to the public.

The “Little Round Tables” (LRTs) consist of those who are most interested in battles, campaigns and leaders.  It meets the fourth Thursday of the month for participant-led discussions.  These are outstanding educational meetings at the Elk’s Lodge and only require participants to bring their curiosity and desire to learn even more about the war.  We normally have a core group of 15-20 participants and welcome all.

Our annual “field trips” are led by experienced and extremely knowledgeable historians to regional battle and campaign sites every October.   The TVCWRT is extremely fortunate as we literally live in the middle of the Western Theater of operations.  We can go to historic sites within one day of travel from Huntsville.  Not only are the visits to these sites informative but the trips provide a great way to meet and get-to-know other Round Table members.  Our field trip coordinator endeavors to schedule the trips on non-Alabama and Auburn football weekends.  Past trips have had exceptionally beautiful fall weather making for educational and pleasant experiences.  The October 2021 field trip is a one-day study of Hood’s retreat from Nashville in December 1864.

While the above cited activities aptly cover our purpose of “education”, we are also involved in preservation of War Between the States sites.  This is primarily done through individual donations made at meetings when we pass the “Battlefield Bucket”.  This optional donation is collected and sent to a selected annual project to help preserve war-related historical activities or sites.  Sites that have been supported include our local slave cemetery in Huntsville and the General Joe Wheeler home.

Our meetings are normally held at the Elks Lodge on Franklin Street in Huntsville (just north of the Huntsville Hospital about three blocks).  We will meet for an optional meal and socializing at 5:30 p.m.  Due to rising costs and other factors, the pre-pandemic buffet has been discontinued.  It is an economic decision and with the decline in participation from Round Table members, the Elks had to terminate the very popular buffet.  Meals can still be ordered al la carte.  Be sure to check for the “specials”.  We then adjourn to attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Elks Lodge ball room next to the dining area.  Everyone, including guests, are welcome.  We especially encourage students to attend.  We ask everyone to wear a name or visitor tag that we provide at the entrance to the Elk’s Lodge north parking lot.  This allows us to get to know visitors and learn the names of other members we might otherwise not know personally.

We are back “to normal” and conducting meetings in-person (due to the increased number of CV19 inoculated members).  Additionally, our Technology officer is live-streaming the programs on “DISCORD” for those unable to attend meetings in-person.   It is relatively easy to use and our Technology Officer, Michael Acosta, can help register interested participants online.  We highly encourage participation using “DISCORD” for those unable to attend in person.  Those using it give it very good marks for its quality and best of all, it is “free”.  Only paid-up members are eligible to access the programs through “DISCORD”.

We have had no reports of anyone acquiring Covid at our meetings or events.  The Elks have lifted their mitigation procedures and we are back to “business as usual”.  Please plan on attending our upcoming programs and field trip.

Ed Kennedy
President