Civil War Roundtable

The Civil War Roundtable meets at 3:45 PM the 2nd Tuesday of each month. We meet right here at the Stearns History Museum, and no RSVP is required.

Civil War Roundtable

The Central Minnesota Civil War Roundtable was formed in St. Cloud in 2007 to foster discussion of the United States Civil War, also known as the “Second American Revolution.” The changes the war brought in America reverberate today. The group meets monthly during the school year.

 Meetings generally feature a speaker with a question-and-answer session afterward. Speakers cover a wide range of topics, and listeners require no specific background knowledge to understand the presentations. Samples of previous meetings: Civil War photography, Christmas during the Civil War, The Civil War in the Great Lakes, The Men of the First Minnesota and Citizen Soldiers: One Family’s Legacy,” “Stories and Musing from Gettysburg.”

The Central Minnesota Civil War Roundtable meets at 3:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Museum.

Meetings are open to the public. Members pay $50 in dues each year to defray the cost of room rental and speaker mileage stipends. For more information, please contact Win Anderson at winanderson50@gmail.com

September 14th at 3:45 PM

Gary Blessman: “Can You Win the Battle?”

  • Meeting Overview: A brief look at 15 Civil War battles: Audience members use clues to guess the location and outcome of the battles. A prize goes to the winner!

October 12th at 3:45 PM

Vince Botz: “The 5th Minnesota at Forts Ridgley, Ripley and Abercrombie”

  • Meeting Overview:
    During the Dakota War, there were four main military posts in Minnesota. This presentation will focus on three of the outlying posts on the frontier. (Fort Snelling was the fourth post.) These forts were Fort Ridgely, Fort Ripley, and Fort Abercrombie. Two of the forts underwent attacks and the third was in danger of attack. The presentation will also include the story of the Lost Regiment and other topics concerning the Dakota War. Vince Botz is the author of two books concerning the Dakota War: Stearns County And The Dakota War Of 1862 and the more recent Kandiyohi County And The Dakota War Of 1862.

November 9th at 3:45 PM

Dave Page: “Grant in Missouri”

  • Meeting Overview: Dave Page is the current president of the St. Croix Valley Civil War Round Table. He has spoken and written extensively on the Civil War, including articles in Civil War Times, America’s Civil War, Civil War Times Illustrated, and Historic Traveler. His book on Civil War engagements, Ships vs. Shore, is available on Amazon. He has also appeared on the History Channel talking about Fort Sumter and the beginning of the Civil War.
  • S. Grant learned about logistics during the Mexican-American War, but he re-learned lessons about warfare while serving in Missouri in 1861. Page will talk about the time Grant spent in Missouri, and how it impacted his Civil War career.


January 11

February 8

March 8

April 12

May 10