History

The Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable (SICWRT) was founded in 1955 by Gordon “Bish” Thompson, a newspaper columnist with the Evansville Press. As one of the oldest Civil War roundtables in the country, the SICWRT remains a popular and vibrant group. Throughout its history the SICWRT’s traditional approach has remained the same – good speakers, good fellowship, and respect for the rich history of the U.S. Civil War.

Formation and Growth (1955 – 1979)

The SICWRT was first conceived in Bish Thompson’s column in The Evansville Press and dedicated to the proposition that “birds of the Blue and Gray should flock together.” On February 17, 1955, Bish glanced back to the old “literary societies” of Grandfather’s day and suggested that these sessions attended by men and women of common interest sounded like fun.

“I have mentioned the formation of a Civil War society to several men within the past week,” he wrote. “All expressed interest. If there be other amateur students of 1861-65 history who’d like to hear and be heard at informal chew-fats, let them drop me a card. We just might start a literary society of our own!”

Response was quick, enthusiastic, and voluminous. Although it was originally designed as an all-male project, the founding fathers made the mistake of underestimating the power of women and the SICWRT quickly became co-educational.

On a chilly evening on 21 March 1955, a small group met at Riverview Inn in Newburgh to discuss their next steps. Shortly after on 9 April 1955, they legally incorporated as the Civil War Round Table of Vanderburgh Court House, Inc. The group’s chairperson took the facetious title of General. The foundation stones laid in the beginning still support our organization:

  • No member shall be expected to do anything he or she doesn’t want to do.
  • Our sole purpose is to amuse, entertain, and educate ourselves, informally and without strain. If it ceases to be fun the organization is automatically disbanded.
  • No member shall be expected to attend any meeting if there is anything else he’d rather do.

The first speaker was Circuit Judge Ollie C. Reeves, who on 4 April 1955 spoke on “John Brown at Harper’s Ferry.” Among other sage observations that evening was this: “I don’t know what the rest of you are doing here but I know why I came. For years I’ve known I can close the door to my law office and step across the hall to open another door marked ‘Civil War.’ In that ‘other world’ I can find escape from today’s stress and worry. In it I can find humor, heroics, bungling, honor, adventure, men of character and men of little worth . . . everything is there. When I return from that ‘other world’ I am refreshed, inspired and filled with new awe for our forefathers and what they did.”

Thereafter the group hosted many speakers on many topics and the membership grew steadily without membership campaigns or publicity.

On 9 April 1957 – the anniversary of the Battle of Appomattox Court House – the group hosted Gen. Ulysses S. Grant III. Proclaimed an “honorary citizen of Evansville” by Mayor Vance Hartke, Grant briefly surveyed his grandfather’s early history and highlighted some of his campaign experience.

  • U.S. Grant (left) and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee (portrayed by James Hauck and Max Hartley) prepare for the tableau in which they appeared at the first annual Appomattox banquet on 9 April 1956. (Evansville Press, 8 April 1956)
  • On the same day he presented before the Civil War roundtable, Gen. U.S. Grant III spoke at a dedication of the new Army Reserve Training Center shortly before unveiling dedication plaques in Evansville. Seated behind General Grant are, left to right, Col. Robert Leich of the Army Reserve (and a SICWRT chair), Col. Fred C. Dyer, Col. Marvin Evans, Mayor R. Vance Hartke, and William Hamsley. (Evansville Press, 10 April 1957)
  • Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant (right) looks at the plaque he unveiled at a dedication of the new Army Reserve Center in Evansville. With him is Col. Robert M. Leich (left) of the Reserve Center board and Col. Harold E. Liebe, chief of the Military District of Indiana. The upper plaque contains a quotation by President Eisenhower on “Power for Peace.” The lower plaque marks commemoration services that day at the center. (Evansville Courier, 10 April 1957)

Each year the SICWRT hosted an annual Appomattox Day Banquet featuring a prominent national scholar or speaker. Meetings often drew over 300 attendees. Twice a year the group chartered a bus and visited a battlefield. Men, women, and children made these trips. Most were members of the group but some were not and all events remained open to the general public.

  • Dr. Bell I. Wiley (right), of Emory University, and Robert Stumpf (left) examine a rifled musket of the Civil War era. Dr. Wiley addressed the Appomattox Day banquet in 1956. (Evansville Press, 9 April 1956)
  • Thirty-five delegates from the Civil War Round Table of Vanderburgh Court House in Evansville visited Rutherford County in 1956. The group, on a three-day tour via chartered bus, visited Stones River National Park Cemetery where some 6,500 Union soldiers were laid to rest as a result of Civil War fighting in the area. (Rutherford County Daily News Journal, 6 May 1956)

By 1979, after a strong run of over two decades, the SICWRT became defunct. It would remain dormant until being resurrected in 1990.

Rebirth of the SICWRT (1990 – present)

In 1990, perhaps inspired by Ken Burns’s Civil War documentary, the SICWRT was resurrected with great success. Ron Keeping, Ron Harper, and Tim Hermes – the new organizers – met on the third Tuesday of each month at the Newburgh Library. Keeping acted as the “un-official chairman” at the time. As the SICWRT had done before its hiatus, the group heard from guest speakers and reviewed Civil War memorabilia. One month, the roundtable even re-enacted the Battle of Shiloh with miniatures.

In 1991 the SICWRT acquired a replica cannon to display in the Newburgh Library. The cannon, which was made of hollow sheet metal, was built by Dale Brand, owner and operator of a sheet metal company. It was left to the roundtable by Brand’s widow.

  • Cheryl Keeping, Tim Hermes, Nancy Niblack Baxter, Ron Keeping, Ron Harper, and Diane in 1991
  • Recognizing the formation of a new Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) camp before the SICWRT
  • Bert Dunkerly presenting on the Battle of Seven Pines on 21 July 2015
  • Joshua Claybourn presenting on “Little Egypt” in 2017

Change occurs in any organization and that held true for the SICWRT as well. After an extended period of meeting in Newburgh, the SICWRT returned to its roots in the early 2000s under the leadership of Tom Murray and met in Evansville at various public library branches. More recently the group has met on the third Thursday of each month at the Evansville Fraternal Order of Police in downtown Evansville.

Past Chairs and Generals

  • Gordon “Bish” Thompson

    Gordon “Bish” Thompson
    (1913-1980)

  • Hon. Ollie C. Reeves
    (1891-1965)

  • Charles Stockfleth
    (1912-1980)

  • Robert J. Stumpf
    (1913-1959)

  • Marvin J. Evans
    (1907-1968)

  • Dr. Pierce MacKenzie
    (1893-1974)

  • John McCutchan
    (1915-1974)

  • William H. Van Orman
    (1922-2003)

  • Dr. Charles F. Leich
    (1906-1973)

  • Lockett C. Nunn
    (1904-1992)

  • Dr. Earl H. Antes
    (1917-2010)

  • Hugh O. Potter
    (1905-1986)

  • Robert M. Leich
    (1908-1983)

  • Alfred A. Kiltz
    (1906-1976)

  • Dr. William H. Getty
    (1920-1995)

  • Dr. M. David Orrahood
    (1923-2000)

  • Charles G. Snyder

  • Ron Keeping
    (1949-)

  • Bill Hale
    (1944-)

  • Tom Nord

  • Tom Mix
    (1950-)

  • Tom Murray
    (1950-)

  • Joshua Claybourn
    (1981-)

  • Keith Batteiger
    (1953-2018)

Past Speakers, Presenters, & Events

Our speakers are frequently nationally-known scholars and published authors in the field of Civil War history. Because we draw large crowds, the SICWRT has become a nationally-recognized venue for the most noted and popular speakers in America, including U.S. Grant III, Ed Bearss, and Bruce Catton, among others. What follows is a list of some past speakers and events, but it is not an exhaustive list since much of the archival information can no longer be located.

  • First Engagement – 21 March 1955 (Riverview Inn, Newburgh): Council of War; Planning of Strategy
  • Second Engagement – 4 April 1955 (Riverview Inn, Newburgh): Judge Ollie Reeves, “John Brown at Harper’s Ferry”
  • Third Engagement – 9 May 1955 (Homestead, Newburgh Road): Robert Stumpf, “The Firing on Fort Sumter” and Orville Jaebker, “The South Prepares for War”
  • Fourth Engagement – 2 June 1955 (SS Gordon C. Greene): Kilburn Durham, “The Rifled Musket” (demonstration) and Milford M. Miller, “Inland Waterways and Civil War” (Part I)
  • Fifth Engagement – 7 July 1955 (Smitty’s): Milford M. Miller, “Inland Waterways and Civil War” (Part II)
  • Sixth Engagement – 4 August 1955 (Smitty’s): Dorothy Rothrock Tapp, “Female Spies”
  • Seventh Engagement – 8 September 1955 (Smitty’s): Percy Baird, “The Battle of Shiloh”
  • Eighth Engagement – 16, 17, 18 September 1955 (First Battlefield Engagement): Fort Donelson (Dover, Tenn.) and Shiloh (Corinth, Miss.)
  • Ninth Engagement – 6 October 1955 (Smitty’s): Dr. William Schaefer, “Stonewall Jackson’s Strange Lapse”
  • Tenth Engagement – 10 November 1955 (Smitty’s): Ralph G. Newman, Chicago: “Re-Fighting the Civil War”; Clyde Walton Jr., Iowa City, Iowa: Remarks; Carl Haverlin, New York: Remarks
  • Eleventh Engagement – 14 December 1955 (Alpine House): Walter Leich, “The Civil War Period and The World”
  • Twelfth Engagement – 18 January 1956 (Smitty’s): Bish Thompson, “The Battle of Five Forks”
  • Thirteenth Engagement – 15 February 1956 (Smitty’s): Carmi, Ill., Contingent, “The Battle of Gettysburg”
  • Fourteenth Engagement – 15 March 1956 (Smitty’s): Carl Huisman, “Allan Pinkerton, Detective”
  • Fifteenth Engagement – 9 April 1956 (Empire Room, Vendome): First Annual Appomattox Day Observance, Bell I. Wiley, “Johnny Reb and Billy Yank”
  • Sixteenth Engagement – 26 April 1956 (Smitty’s): Judge Ollie C. Reeves, “The Battle of Chickamauga”
  • Seventeenth Engagement – 4, 5, 6 May 1956 (Second Battlefield Visitation): Murfreesboro, Chattanooga and Chickamauga in Tennessee
  • Seventeen-and-a-Halfth Engagement – 16 May 1956 (Jollification at L&N Depot): With Chicago CWRT en route to Chattanooga and Atlanta
  • Eighteenth Engagement – 24 May 1956 (Hotel McCurdy): Scerial Thompson, Eldorado, Ill., “The Cherokee and the Civil War”
  • Nineteenth Engagement – 21 June 1956 (Carmi, Illinois): Dean Lentz, Carbondale, Ill., “General John A. Logan”
  • Twentieth Engagement – 26 July 1956 (Wake Robin, Newburgh): Field Maneuvers, “The General” (training film starring Buster Keaton)
  • Twenty-First Engagement – 23 August 1956 (McCurdy Hotel): Ed Seitz Jr., Indianapolis, “First Two Days at Gettysburg”
  • Twenty-Second Engagement – 27 September 1956 (McCurdy Hotel): Robert Stumpf, “The Siege of Vicksburg”
  • Twenty-Third Engagement – 24 October 1956 (Riverview Inn, Newburgh): J. Ward Barnes, Carbondale, Ill., “How a Southerner Looked at Lincoln”
  • Twenty-Fourth Engagement – 24, 25 November 1956 (Third Battlefield Engagement): Nashville and Franklin, Tenn.
  • Twenty-Fifth Engagement – 22 January 1957 (Smitty’s): E. B. (Pete) Long, Chicago, “They Also Fought and Died”
  • Twenty-Sixth Engagement – 21 March 1957 (Smitty’s): Henry B. Walker Jr., “Confederate Battlefield Surgery”
  • Twenty-Seventh Engagement – 9 April 1957 (Empire Room, Vendome): Second Annual Appomattox Day Observance, Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant III (Ret.), Washington, D.C., “General U. S. Grant, A Family Portrait”
  • Twenty-Eighth Engagement – 2, 3, 4, 5 May 1957 (Fourth Battlefield Visitation): Vicksburg, Miss., via Shiloh Battleground
  • Twenty-Ninth Engagement – 20 June 1957 (Wake Robin, Newburgh): Field Maneuvers, Training Film and Recorded Lecture
  • Thirtieth Engagement – 25 July 1957 (Smitty’s): Ed Seitz Jr., “Third Day at Gettysburg”
  • Thirty-First Engagement – 22 August 1957 (Smitty’s): Dean Robert B. Browne, University of Illinois, “Lesser Known Civil War Kentuckians”
  • Thirty-Second Engagement – 25 September 1957 (Smitty’s): Dr. Pierce MacKenzie, “How They Died–How They Could Have Been Saved”
  • Thirty-Third Engagement – 25, 26, 27 October 1957 (Fifth Battlefield Visitation): Atlanta, Georgia, and Kenesaw Mountain
  • Thirty-Fourth Engagement – 5 November 1957 (Smitty’s): Col. Ned Julian, Atlanta, “Sherman’s March to the Sea”
  • Thirty-Fifth Engagement – 5 December 1957 (Smitty’s): Robert Stumpf, “William Tecumseh Sherman”
  • Thirty-Sixth Engagement – 22 January 1958 (Smitty’s): Dr. Earl H. Antes, “The Battle of Fredericksburg”
  • Thirty-Seventh Engagement – 27 February 1958 (Smitty’s): Charles Stockfleth, “The Second Battle of Manassas”
  • Thirty-Eighth Engagement – 20 March 1958 (Smitty’s): Judge Ollie C. Reeves, “Civil War Railroads”
  • Thirty-Ninth Engagement – 9 April 1958 (Rose Room, McCurdy Hotel): Third Annual Appomattox Day Observance, Bruce Catton, New York, “After 93 Years…”
  • Fortieth Engagement – 2, 3, 4 May 1958 (Sixth Battlefield Visitation): Stone’s River, Chickamauga
  • Forty-First Engagement – 19 June 1958 (Hotel McCurdy): Otto Eisenschiml, “Why the Civil War?”
  • Forty-Second Engagement – 24 July 1958 (Wake Robin, Newburgh): Field Maneuvers, Training Film and Recorded Briefing
  • Forty-Third Engagement – 21 August 1958 (Hotel McCurdy): Prof. Bob Womack, Murfreesboro, Tenn.: “Personalities at Stone’s River”
  • Forty-Fourth Engagement – 18 September 1958 (Hotel McCurdy): Dr. Robert Gerald McMurty, Fort Wayne, “Ben Hardin Helm”
  • Forty-Fifth Engagement – 9 October 1958 (Hotel McCurdy): Dr. Hembleton Tapp, Lexington, Ky.: “The Battle of Perryville”
  • Forty-Sixth Engagement – 17, 18, 19 October 1958 (Seventh Battlefield Visitation): Lexington, Ky. and Perryville
  • Forty-Seventh Engagement – 5 November 1958 (Hotel McCurdy): Harnet T. Kane, New Orleans, “A Confederate Christmas”
  • Forty-Eighth Engagement – 11 December 1958 (Hotel McCurdy): Training Film, “The Red Badge of Courage”
  • Forty-Ninth Engagement – 19 January 1959 (Hotel McCurdy): Dr. Frederick Tilberg, Gettysburg, Pa., “Command Decisions at Gettysburg 2 and 3 July”
  • Fiftieth Engagement – 12 February 1959 (Hotel McCurdy): Robert McIntosh, Detroit, “Abraham Lincoln”
  • Fifty-First Engagement – 19 March 1959 (Hotel McCurdy): Hubert H. Hawkins, Indianapolis, “John Hunt Morgan and His Raid Across the Ohio”
  • Fifty-Second Engagement – 9 April 1959 (Hotel McCurdy): Fourth Annual Appomattox Observance, Virgil Carrington Jones (Oratory)
  • Fifty-Third Engagement – 21 May 1959 (Hotel McCurdy): Robert M. Leich, “Lincoln as a Military Leader”
  • Fifty-Fourth Engagement – 25 June 1959 (Wake Robin): Field Maneuvers, Training Film
  • Fifty-Fifth Engagement – 24 July 1959 (Hotel McCurdy): Prof. Andrew W. Crandall, DePauw Univ., “Gettysburg”
  • Fifty-Sixth Engagement – 27 August 1959 (Hotel McCurdy): Dr. Charles Leich, “The Common Soldier”
  • Fifty-Seventh Engagement – 24 September 1959 (Hotel McCurdy): John McCutchan and Bill Van Orman, “Atlanta Campaign”
  • Fifty-Eighth Engagement – 9, 10, 11 October 1959 (Eighth Battlefield Visitation): Atlanta, Kenesaw, and Stone Mountain
  • Fifty-Ninth Engagement – 28 October 1959 (Hotel McCurdy): Film Program, “Stonewall Jackson” and “R. E. Lee”
  • Sixtieth Engagement – 19 November 1959 (Hotel McCurdy): Dr. J. Walter Coleman, Washington, D.C., “The Day Lincoln Spoke”
  • Sixty-First Engagement – 10 December 1959 (Hotel McCurdy): Film, “The Birth of a Nation”
  • Sixty-Second Engagement – 13 January 1960 (Hotel McCurdy): Prof. Orville J. Jaebker, “Diplomatic Crises of the Civil War”
  • Sixty-Third Engagement – 25 February 1960 (Hotel McCurdy): Panel: “Most Effective General” by John McCutchan, Charles Stockfleth, and Milford Miller; “The Jew in the Civil War” by Bish Thompson
  • Sixty-Fourth Engagement – 23 March 1960 (Hotel McCurdy): Dr. R. M. Anderson, Toronto, “Medicine, Surgery, Health and Sanitation in Civil War”
  • Sixty-Fifth Engagement – 9 April 1960 (Hotel McCurdy): Fifth Annual Appomattox Observance, Hon. Dewey Short, “Lessons from Appomattox”
  • Sixty-Sixth Engagement – 26 May 1960 (Hotel McCurdy): Judge Ollie Reeves and Milford Miller debate, “Resolved: Railroads Were of Greater Value to the South Than Its Rivers”
  • Sixty-Seventh Engagement – 11 June 1960 (Eldorado, Ill.): Reconnaissance in Force Across the Wabash
  • Sixty-Eighth Engagement – 28 July 1960 (Hotel McCurdy): Training Films, “Time Out of War,” “Under Southern Stars,” and “Background of the Civil War”
  • Sixty-Ninth Engagement – 25 August 1960 (Hotel McCurdy): Brig. Gen. Robert M. Leich, “The Congressional Medal of Honor”
  • Seventieth Engagement – 29 September 1960 (Wake Robin, Newburgh): Field Maneuvers, Training Film and Lecture
  • Seventy-First Engagement – 20, 21, 22, 23 October 1960 (Seventh Battlefield Visitation): Shiloh and Vicksburg
  • Seventy-Second Engagement – 22 November 1960 (Hotel McCurdy): Bill VanOrman, “Libby Prison”; Al Kiltz, “The Ex Parte Milligan Case”; Sam Orr, “Grandpa Orr’s Diary”; Milford Miller, “The Confederate Submarine Hunley”
  • Seventy-Third Engagement – 12 December 1960 (Hotel McCurdy): Bell I. Wiley, “The Human Side of War”
  • Seventy-Fourth Engagement – 18 January 1961 (Hotel McCurdy): Alan T. Nolan, “The Iron Brigade”
  • Seventy-Fifth Engagement – 23 February 1961 (Hotel McCurdy): William E. Wilson, “Abe Lincoln of Pigeon Creek”
  • Seventy-Sixth Engagement – 30 March 1961 (Hotel McCurdy): Ed Bearss, “The Destruction, Locating, and Raising of the U.S.S. Cairo”
  • Seventy-Seventh Engagement – 8 April 1961 (Vendome Hotel): Sixth Annual Appomattox Day Observance, Dr. T. Harry Willians, “The Last Gentlemen’s War”
  • Seventy-Eighth Engagement – 25 May 1961 (Hotel McCurdy): Hugh Potter, “Union Secessionist Round-Up in Kentucky”
  • Seventy-Ninth Engagement – 15 June 1961 (Hotel McCurdy): Training Film — “Valley of History”
  • Eightieth Engagement – 27 July 1961 (Hotel McCurdy): Mrs. Susan Ingle, “Fugitive Slave Problems in Ante Bellum Evansville and Environs”
  • Eighty-First Engagement – 24 August 1961 (Hotel McCurdy): Charles Stockfleth on “The Stanton Scandal,” Bish Thompson on “Collapse of the Confederate Cabinet,” and Charles F. Leich on “The Gold Rush and the Civil War”
  • Eighty-Second Engagement – 28 September 1961 (Gabe’s, Owensboro): Hugh O. Potter, “Amphibious Invasion of Owensboro”
  • Eighty-Third Engagement – 20, 21, 22 October 1961 (Eighth Battlefield Invasion): Lexington, Ky.
  • Eighty-Fourth Engagement – 16 November 1961 (Hotel McCurdy): J. Robert Smith, “General Mike Lawler”
  • Eighty-Fifth Engagement – 13 December 1961 (Hotel McCurdy): Robert M. Leich, “Confederate Chaplains”
  • Eighty-Sixth Engagement – 25 January 1962 (Hotel McCurdy): John S. Hopkins, “Mobilization of Evansville 1861”
  • Eighty-Seventh Engagement – 19 February 1962 (Hotel McCurdy): Stewart W. McClelland, “Two Whigs and a Whirligig”
  • Eighty-Eighth Engagement – 22 March 1962 (Hotel McCurdy): Charles F. Leich, “Rebel Falcon of the Seas”
  • Eighty-Ninth Engagement – 9 April 1962 (Hotel McCurdy): Seventh Annual Appomattox Day Observance, Cmndr. Melville K. Short, “The War Before and the War After”
  • Ninetieth Engagement – 24 May 1962 (En Route): Aboard “The General” — Round Trip to Mt. Vernon, Ind.
  • Ninety-First Engagement – 28 June 1962 (Henderson Country Club): Col. Marvin J. Evans, “The Story of Old Glory”
  • Ninety-Second Engagement – 26 July 1962 (Hotel McCurdy): Henry S. Humphreys, “Background of Civil War Songs”
  • Ninety-Third Engagement – 23 August 1962 (Smitty’s): Henry A. Meyer, “Romance of Civil War Philately”
  • Ninety-Fourth Engagement – 28 September 1962 (Ninth Battlefield Visitation): Land of Lincoln
  • Ninety-Fifth Engagement – 25 October 1962 (Holiday Inn): Prof. Theodore G. Gronert, “Lane of Indiana, Lincoln of Illinois”
  • Ninety-Sixth Engagement – 15 November 1962 (Hotel McCurdy): Panel: Cliffordean Potter’s Campfollowers — Ruth Ann Gregory on “Fraternities in Fratricide” and Beulah Evans on “Clara Barton”
  • Ninety-Seventh Engagement – 13 December 1962 (Hotel McCurdy): Entire Contingent, “Among My Souvenirs”
  • 98th Skirmish – 24 January 1963 (Hotel McCurdy): John E. McCutchan, “Military Communications During the Civil War”
  • 99th Skirmish – 28 February 1963 (Hotel McCurdy): Hugh O. Potter, “In the Footsteps of Lincoln”
  • 100th Skirmish – 21 March 1963 (Hotel McCurdy): Panel — John S. Hopkins, Robert M. Leich, Phil Lowenthal, John McCutchan, and Hayward C. Flickner on “The Shiloh Story”
  • 101st Skirmish – 9 April 1963 (Hotel McCurdy): Eighth Annual Appomattox Day Observance, Dr. James I. Robertson Jr., “Fraternization Between Union and Confederate Soldiers During the Civil War”
  • 102nd Skirmish – 23 May 1963 (Hotel McCurdy): Judge Ollie C. Reeves, “Buell’s Dilemma”
  • 103rd Skirmish – 27 June 1963 (Hotel McCurdy): Col. Marvin Evans, “Three Days That Changed the World”
  • 104th Skirmish – 25 July 1963 (Hotel McCurdy): Training Film, “Catton and Eisenhower on Gettysburg”
  • 105th Skirmish – 22 August 1963 (Hotel McCurdy): Dan Wooden, “The Effect of the Civil War on the Five Civilized Tribes,” Mel Welborn, “Wade Hampton,” and Bish Thompson, “Quantrell’s Raid on Lawrence, Kansas”
  • 106th Skirmish – 19 September 1963 (Hotel McCurdy): Charles F. Leich, “Money and the Civil War”
  • 107th Skirmish – 11, 12, and 13 October 1963 (Tenth Battlefield Visitation): Stone’s River, Chickamauga
  • 108th Skirmish – 21 November 1963 (Owensboro): Dr. Phillip Wayne Kennedy, “Confederate-Mexican Relations, 1861-65”
  • 109th Skirmish – 12 December 1963 (Hotel McCurdy): All Troops, “Bring and Tell”
  • 110th Skirmish – 30 January 1964 (Hotel McCurdy): Robert M. Leich, “Mr. Lowe and His Balloon”
  • 111th Skirmish – 20 February 1964 (Hotel McCurdy): Orville J. Jaebker, “Abraham Lincoln and the Slavery Question”
  • 112th Skirmish – 19 March 1964 (Hotel McCurdy): Hugh O. Potter, “The Civil War in Kentucky”
  • 113th Skirmish – 9 April 1964 (Hotel McCurdy): Ninth Annual Appomattox Day Observance, Richard D. Mudd, M.D.: “The Case of Dr. Samuel Mudd”
  • 114th Skirmish – 21 May 1964 (Hotel McCurdy): Elmer J. Rodenburg, Earl H. Antes, Terry Thompson, and Hugh O. Potter, “Andersonville”
  • 115th Skirmish – 25 June 1964 (Hotel McCurdy): Dr. Raymond Myers, “General Felix Kirk Zollicoffer”
  • 116th Skirmish – 23 July 1964 (Mt. Vernon, Ind.): Training Film, “The Red Bade of Courage”
  • 117th Skirmish – 27 August 1964 (Hotel McCurdy): John S. Hopkins, Charles F. Leich, Phil Lowenthal, Hayword Flickner, John McCutchan, “Vicksburg”
  • 118th Skirmish – 16 September 1964 (Hotel McCurdy): Elmer Sulzer, “Railroads of Indiana and Kentucky during the Civil War”
  • 119th Skirmish – 15, 16, 17, 18 October 1964 (Eleventh Battlefield Visitation): Shiloh, Brice’s Crossroads, Vickburg
  • 120th Skirmish – 12 November 1964 (Hotel McCurdy): Ben Field, “Oh! What Happened to Grandpa!”
  • 121st Skirmish – 10 December 1964 (Hotel McCurdy): Mesdames Potter, Orrahood, Thompson, Gregory, “A Real Civil War Christmas”
  • 122nd Skirmish – 21 January 1965 (Hotel McCurdy): Charles F. Leich, “The Gold Rush and the Civil War”
  • 123rd Skirmish – 18 February 1965 (Hotel McCurdy): John E. McCutchan, “Black Friday”
  • 124th Skirmish – 18 March 1965 (Hotel McCurdy): Bish Thompson, “Indiana and the Civil War”
  • 125th Skirmish – 9 April 1965 (Hotel McCurdy): Tenth Annual Appomattox Day Observance, Prof. William G. Carleton, “Our Border Country: A House Divided”
  • 126th Skirmish – 20 May 1965 (Hotel McCurdy): Prof. Orville J. Jaebker, “Henry W. Halleck, General-in-Chief”
  • 127th Skirmish – 10 June 1965 (Rodenberg Home): Gen. Chas. F. Leich (Ret.), Training Film
  • 128th Skirmish – 22 July 1965 (Hotel McCurdy): Col. Henry Meyer, “The Sanitary Fair”
  • 129th Skirmish – 19 August 1965 (Hotel McCurdy): Capt. J. Robert Smith, “Colonel Conger”
  • 130th Skirmish – 23 September 1965 (Mt. Vernon, Ind.): Gen. Chas. F. Leich (Ret.), Training Film
  • 131st Skirmish – 21-24 October 1965 (Twelve Battlefield Visitation): Atlanta and Andersonville
  • 132nd Skirmish – 5 November 1965 (Hotel McCurdy): Herman H. Lawrence, “The Lees of Virginia”
  • 133rd Skirmish – 16 December 1965 (Hotel McCurdy): Ruth Ann Gregory, – Al Banton, “Civil War Christmas”
  • 134th Skirmish – 20 January 1966 (Press Club): John S. Hopkins, “Events Leading Up to the Civil War”
  • 135th Skirmish – 17 February 1966 (Evansville Museum): Bish Thompson, “Lincoln’s Funeral Train”
  • 136th Skirmish – 17 March 1966 (Press Club): Hugh O. Potter, “Lincoln and the Opposite Sex”
  • 137th Skirmish – 16 April 1966 (Hotel McCurdy): Eleventh Annual Appomattox Banquet, Dr. Byron K. Trippet, “Strange Quirks in American History”
  • 138th Skirmish – 19 May 1966 (Union Federal S&L): Al Banton, “Raising of the Cairo”
  • 139th Skirmish – 30 June 1966 (Elks Club): Alexander L. Leich, “Charles Denby”
  • 140th Skirmish – 21 July 1966 (Gabe’s Inn, Owensboro): L. L. Valentine, “Capt. Marcellus Jerome Clark”
  • 141st Skirmish – 25 August 1966 (Two Tonys, Carmi): J. Robert Smith, “Col. Adam ‘Stovepipe’ Johnson”
  • 142nd Skirmish – 15 September 1966 (Mt. Vernon, Ind.): Robert M. Leich, Training Film, “A Nation Divided”
  • 143rd Skirmish – 21-23 October 1966 (Thirteenth Battlefield Visitation): Lexington, Kentucky
  • 144th Skirmish – 22 November 1966 (Stone’s Restaurant): Robert M. Leich, “A Nation Divided (conclusion)
  • 145th Skirmish – 14 December 1966 (Stone’s Restaurant): Potter, Gregory, Carey, and Thompson, “A Sashay La Femme Civil War Christmas”
  • 146th Skirmish – 19 January 1967 (Hotel McCurdy): Dan Woodson and Dave Orrahood, “Civil War Vignettes”
  • 147th Skirmish – 16 February 1967 (Hotel McCurdy): Charles F. Leich, “Judge David Davis”
  • 148th Skirmish – 16 March 1967 (Hotel McCurdy): Marvin J. Evans, “The Reconstruction”
  • 149th Skirmish – 6 April 1967 (Hotel McCurdy): Dr. Harold M. Hyman, “The Human Side of Post-War Troubles”
  • 150th Skirmish – 6 April 1967 (Hotel McCurdy): Twelfth Annual Appomattox Banquet, Dr. Harold M. Hyman, “The Human Side of Post-War Troubles”
  • 151st Skirmish – 22 June 1967 (Hotel McCurdy): Hugh Potter, “Tombstones and Firing Squads in Civil War Kentucky”
  • 152nd Skirmish – 27 July 1967 (Hotel McCurdy): Hugh Potter, “Tombstones and Firing Squads in Civil War Kentucky”
  • 153rd Skirmish – 31 August 1967 (Farm Bureau Picnic Ground, Mt. Vernon, Ind.): Training Film, Johnny Shiloh
  • 154th Skirmish – 5, 6, 7, 8 October 1967 (Fourteenth Battlefield Engagement): Atlanta, Chattanooga
  • 155th Skirmish – 26 October 1967 (Gabe’s, Owensboro): Prof. Gus Paris, “Red Tape vs. Taps”
  • 156th Skirmish – 16 November 1967 (Hotel McCurdy): Hugh Potter and Dave Orrahood, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
  • 157th Skirmish – 20 December 1967 (Hotel McCurdy): Campfollowers, “Civil War Christmas Party”
  • 158th Skirmish – 18 January 1968 (Hotel McCurdy): Alfred A. Kiltz, “Lew Wallace”
  • 159th Skirmish – 22 February 1968 (Hotel McCurdy): Robert Rheinish, “A New Look at an Old Friend”
  • 160th Skirmish – 21 March 1968 (Hotel McCurdy): Robert L. Lagemann, “Maryland Campaign of 1862”
  • 161st Skirmish – 8 April 1968 (Hotel McCurdy): Thirteenth Appomattox Day, Dr. Thomas A. Clark, “The Civil War in Kentucky”
  • 162nd Skirmish – 27 May 1968 (Hotel McCurdy): Robert J. McIntosh, “Was Lincoln a White Supremacist?”
  • 163rd Skirmish – 27 June 1968 (Carmi, Ill.): John Y. Simon, “The Paradox of General Grant”
  • 164th Skirmish – 24 July 1968 (Aboard S.S. Delta Queen): Ali Hands, “Reconnaissance of Historic Ohio River”
  • 165th Skirmish – 29 August 1968 (Mt. Vernon, Ind.): C.F. Leich, Two Training Films
  • 166th Skirmish – 25 September 1968 (McCurdy Hotel): Orrahood, “Mrs. Mason Buell’s Husbands”
  • 167th Skirmish – 14 November 1968 (McCurdy Hotel): Robert M. Leich, “The Medal of Honor”
  • 168th Skirmish – 12 December 1968 (McCurdy Hotel): Campfollowers, “The Civil War Christmas Party”
  • 169th Skirmish – 16 January 1969 (Hotel McCurdy): Hugh Potter, “Making of the Sixteenth President”
  • 170th Skirmish – 20 February 1969 (Hotel McCurdy): Bish Thompson, “Three Bold Kentuckians”
  • 171st Skirmish – 13 March 1969 (Hotel McCurdy): Charles Snyder, “Samuel Colt”
  • 172nd Skirmish – 9 April 1969 (Evansville Country Club): 14th Annual Appomattox Day Observance, Jim Comstock, “Stonewall Jackson”
  • 173rd Skirmish – 21 May 1969 (Jackson House): J. Jaebker, “The Impeachment of President Johnson”
  • 174th Skirmish – 26 June 1969 (Jackson House): F. Leich, “The Story of Amos Fortune”
  • 175th Skirmish – July 1969 (Lockett Nunn Home): Field Maneuvers
  • 176th Skirmish – 21 August 1969 (Owensboro): Panel of Experts
  • 177th Skirmish – 11 September 1969 (Farm Bureau Picnic Grounds): Training Films
  • 178th Skirmish – 13 November 1969 (Carmi, Ill.): J. Robert Smith, “Major Robertson’s Diaries”
  • 179th Skirmish – 11 December 1969 (Holiday Inn): Campfollowers, “Mary Todd Young”
  • 180th Skirmish – 22 January 1970 (Jackson House): R.M. Leich, “Professor Lowe and His Balloon”
  • 181st Skirmish – 19 February 1970 (Jackson House): W.H. Getty, “The Battle of New Market”
  • 181st Skirmish – 19 March 1970 (The Old Mill): Bish Thompson, “Lincoln’s Lady Friend”
  • 181st Skirmish – 9 April 1970 (Executive Inn): 15th Annual Appomattox Day Observance, John G. Barrett, “Sherman’s March to the Sea”
  • June 2011: Our June program was presented by Joe Reinhart. Joe is a native of Louisville, a graduate of Bellarmine College and holds a master’s degree from Indiana University. Joe has been actively researching and writing about the Civil War for 18 years. He is author of A History of the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry U.S.: The Boys who Feared No Noise. He is also the translator and editor of three books of translated and edited letters written by German Americans fighting in the Civil War. His program was “Brig. Gen. August Willich’s Gallant Dutchmen: The 32nd Indiana Volunteers”.
  • July 2011: Our program which was our annual dinner program, was presented by Robert E. L. Krick. Bobby Krick is an historian on the staff at Richmond National Battlefield Park. In the 1980’s he worked at Custer Battlefield (now Little Bighorn Battlefield) in Montana, and at Manassas National Battlefield. His latest book is Staff Officers in Gray. (UNC Press, 2003). His program was “Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Staff’.
  • August 2011: Our program was presented by Stan Schmitt from Evansville. Stan is an avid researcher of Evansville history. He has spent nearly 30 years reading historic Evansville newspapers and is spearheading the local Civil War research effort of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society. His local research has focused on the Wabash and Erie Canal, transportation, coal mining, the Civil War and other military history. An independent title researcher, Stan received a history degree from Indiana University. Stan’s program was “Evansville in the Civil War”.
  • September 2011: Thomas Flagel was our guest speaker for the September meeting. Author and professor, Mr. Flagel teaches American History at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee. He holds degrees from Loras College (B.A. History), Kansas State University (M.A. European History), Creighton University (M.A. International Relations), and has studied at the University of Virginia. Originally from Iowa, he has also lived in Austria and the Czech Republic. Among his ancestors are several Civil War veterans. He has authored the following books: The History Buff’s Guide to the Civil War, The History Buff’s Guide to Gettysburg. The History Buff’s Guide to the Presidents, and The History Buff’s Guide to World War II. His program was “With the Desperation of Demons: How the Press Reported the Battle of Franklin.”
  • October 2011: The Red Bank Reunion Band presented a new program for 2012. To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, they had researched and rehearsed a program using the songs and stories of the Hope Indiana Cornet Band. Much of this music has not been heard in six score and ten years. The presentation melded musical images and memories into a sepia collage that inspired and informed. The Re Bank Reunion Band offered a glimpse into the lives of Indiana bandsmen during the pivotal period in the American experience. This was the first time this complete composition had been heard.
  • November 2011: Terry Hughes presented a program entitled, “The War Comes Home: 1st Indiana Cavalry from Evansville to Fredericktown.” He told the story of the 1st Indiana Cavalry from its formation in Evansville, Indiana, to the going into battle in Fredericktown, Missouri, concentrationg on the first losses our region experienced during the war. Terry retired this year form the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and for several years was involved in Professional Development for the EVSC Information Systems.