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2022 West Coast Civil War Conference Announced

2022 West Coast Civil War Conference: “Grant vs Lee: Combat Strategy & Tactics in 1864 Virginia”

Update from the conference organizers:

THE FINAL WEST COAST CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE, 2019 or 2022? So far we have only 11 persons registered. We always have had a number of last-minute registrations, but we need at least 40 registered attendees by October 1st to make it financially fly. Otherwise, we will have to cancel once again! This may be the last WCCWRT Conference (if it flies), so please join us to make it happen!

November 4-6, 2022

Hosted By the San Joaquin Valley CWRT. Speakers include Gordon Rhea, Eric Wittenburg, Chris Mackowski, Jim Stanbery, and Brian Clague.

Wyndham Garden Hotel Fresno Yosemite Airport, 5090 East Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727-1506, (1-559-252-3611 or 1-866-238-4218), $103.00 per night, or wydhamguestreservations.com.

To register, send in the registration form.

2021 West Coast Civil War Round Table Conference Announced

Canceled! 2021 West Coast Civil War Round Table Conference

This conference has been postponed until November 4–6, 2022, because of continued coronavirus concerns.

Combat Strategy and Tactics, Grant vs Lee in 1864

November 5–7, 2021

Featuring speakers including Gordon Rhea, Eric Wittenburg, Chris Mackowski, Jim Stanbery, and Brian Clague.

Hosted by San Joaquin Valley Civil War Round Table

Wyndham Garden Fresno Airport
5090 E. Clinton Way, Fresno
(559-252-3611)
$103 per night

Attendee Registration

$200 Per person including meals (Breakfast on your own; coffee & pastries provided. Non participants who wish dinner Friday or Saturday Night: $30 each meal.)

NAME:________________________________________
ADDRESS:_____________________________________
EMAIL:_________________________________________
Member of a CWRT? ______________________________

Please address check to SJVCWRT
SEND TO Ron Vaughan (Conference Co-ordinator)
730 E. Tulare Ave,
Tulare, CA 93274

Questions? ronvaughan@prodigy.net

2020 West Coast Civil War Conference, November 6–8

This conference has been canceled and is expected to be rescheduled in 2021.

Combat Strategy & Tactics In 1864 Virginia (Looking with 2020 Vision at Grant vs. Lee)

Featuring Gordon Rhea, Eric Wittenberg, Chris Mackowski, Dana Lombardi & others

Hosted By San Joaquin Valley Civil War Round Table

WYNDHAM GARDEN HOTEL, 5090 E. Clinton Way, Fresno Airport
(559-252-3611) $99 per night

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION: $200 per person including meals.

(Non participants who wish dinner Friday or Saturday Night: $30 each meal)

Name____________________________

Address___________________________

Phone____________

Email_____________________________

Member of which CWRT?________________

Please address check to SJVCWRT

SEND TO Ron Vaughan (Conference Co-ordinator)
730 E. Tulare Ave.
Tulare, CA 93274
(ronvaughan@prodigy.net)

2019 West Coast Civil War Conference: Civil War Leadership, 1861-1865

November 8–10, 2019, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sacramento, Sponsored by Sacramento Civil War Round Table

Our Speakers are:

  • Chris Mackowski: A Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at Saint Bonaventure University, and the author of more than 10 books. He works with the National Parks Service and is the founder of the Emerging Civil War Blog.
  • David A. Powell: A Vice-President of Airsped, Inc., a delivery firm. He has published many articles in magazines & historical simulations of different battles. He specializes and leads tours on the Battle of Chickamauga.
  • Sarah Kay Bierle: A Managing Editor for Emerging Civil War’s Blog. She has spent the last few years researching. writing, and speaking across the country about the American Civil War.
  • Paul Kahan: An expert on the political, diplomatic, and economic history of the United States in the nineteenth century. Dr. Kahan has published several books and is a former resident of Sacramento.
  • Jim Stanbery: A retired Professor of Political Science and History at Los Angeles Harbor College, and speaker at the West Coast Civil War Conference for more than thirty years. He is a frequent CWRT speaker.
  • Theodore P. Savas: An attorney, adjunct college instructor, award-winning author, and Partner and Managing Director of Savas Beatie LLC. He specializes in military history and the American Civil War.
  • Edwin L. Kennedy Jr.: A graduate of West Point and former Professor of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College History Department & Combat Studies. He is the leader of staff rides, including the Battle of Chickamauga.

The Conference cost is $200 per person, which includes Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, as well as all sessions. A full hotel breakfast buffet is included for guests staying at the hotel. Partial day attendance: Friday Only is $50; Saturday Only is $125; Saturday Dinner and Lecture Only is $50; Sunday Only is $25. There will be a no-host bar set-up Friday and Saturday evenings for your enjoyment before dinner.

Download the flyer and registration form.

For more information, contact Paul Ruud at 530-886-8806.

Room reservations are available by calling the Crowne Plaza Hotel directly at 877-504-0054 or online at www.crowneplaza.com. The hotel has rooms set aside for us at $139 per night, plus tax. Please mention the Conference.

2018 West Coast Civil War Roundtable Conference

The Trans-Mississippi Theater: The Not So Glamorous Step-Sister of Civil War Historians

Hosted by the San Joaquin Valley CWRT and the Inland Empire CWRT

November 9–11, 2018: Wyndom Garden Hotel, Fresno, California

REGISTRATION FEE $200. For registration form & info see website: SJVCWRT2.com

Nov. 9 – 11, 2018 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY
4:00–REGISTRATION BEGINS
5:00-5:45–SOCIAL HOUR
5:45—6:45- DINNER (President’s Welcome, Invocation)
7:00—INTRODUCTION TO THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI THEATER: Ron Vaughan
7:30 -8:00—TRANS-MISSISSIPPI COMMAND OVERVIEW: THOMAS CUTRER
8:00 –9:00– RED RIVER CAMPAIGN: Parker Hill

SATURDAY
8:00-8:50–: SECESSION CRISIS IN THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI: Jim Stanberry
9:00-9:50: BATTLE OF WILSON’S CREEK: Richard Hatcher III
10: BREAK
10:15-11:10– SIBLEY’S CAMPAIGN: Thomas Cutrer
11:15-11:45– CALIFORNIA IN THE CW: Ron Vaughan
LUNCH– 11:45—1:00
1:00-1:50– BATTLE OF PEA RIDGE: Richard Hatcher III
2:00-2:50– BATTLE OF PRAIRIE GROVE: Ron Vaughan
3:00 BREAK
DINNER 4:45 – 5:45
5:45—6: JERRY RUSSEL AWARD
6:00-6:50– PRICE’S 1864 RAID: Thomas Cutrer
7:00-7:50— STEEL’S CAMPAIGN: Parker Hills
8:00–RAFFLE

SUNDAY
8:30-9:20– NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE CIVIL WAR : Jim Stanbery
9:30-10:00– MEDICAL CARE IN THE T.M.: Brian Clague
10:00-10:30– BATTLEFIELD ARCHEOLOGY: Parker Hills
10:30-10:45– SJVCWRT DONATIONS TO RAYMOND BATTLEFIELD: Mike Green
10:45-10:50– BREAK
10:50-11:45–

Tom Roza’s Civil War Novel Published

Here is an announcement from our group secretary, Tom Roza:

It is with great pleasure and deep humility that I announce that my historical novel on the American Civil War entitled Windows to the Past: A Virginian’s Experience in the Civil War is now available on Amazon.com!

I have been a student of the American Civil War since 1960. I have conducted extensive research on this great conflict and toured numerous battlefields to see firsthand where millions of Americans fought our Civil War. But, through my over 50 years as a student of this significant event, it was not the battles, not the politics, and not the armaments that piqued my interest – it was the people; the everyday men and women from all parts of the country that dealt with and/or fought for what they believed in. And, those brave young soldiers on both sides that found the indescribable courage to give their lives for the values that made them who they were.

Windows to the Past is the story of one man’s journey through one of the most turbulent, yet fascinating periods in the history of our Country. The main character’s life story, told to his great-granddaughter, embraces all the meaningful periods of his life from childhood through to his twilight years as he searches for the answer to the question: “Did I make a difference in the lives of the people I touched and loved?”

I would be honored if you considered purchasing my novel. Here is a link to the listing: Amazon.com.

Or, once you are in the Amazon.com web site, you can enter the title ““Windows to the Past: A Virginian’s Experience in the Civil War”.

I pray that my storytelling efforts regarding family, friends, dealing with conflict, and finding peace of mind in some small way resonates with you as the reader.

Tom

PS: An electronic version has been developed in conjunction with Amazon.com and is now available. Purchasing this version of my novel will allow readers to use a variety of handheld devices (Kindles, smart phones, etc) . Here is a link to the electronic version: Amazon.com

2017 West Coast Civil War Round Table Conference

The 2017 West Coast Civil War Round Table Conference has been announced. Sponsored by Sacramento Civil War Round Table, this year’s theme is

Lesser Known Civil War Battles
November 10–12, 2017, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sacramento

Download the flyer and registration form: 2017 West Coast Conference Flyer

The speakers will be:

  • William C. Davis: Retired in 2013 as Professor of History and Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech University. He is the author or editor of more than 60 books on the Civil War and Southern history, and consultant and commentator for A&E’s “Civil War Journal,” and several other television and film productions.
  • Dr. Brian S. Wills: Director of the Center for the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Wills is a nationally recognized Civil War historian and author of books on Civil War topics.
  • Thomas Cartwright: Is a leading authority and author on the Battle of Franklin who conducted tours of Western Theater battlefields for 20 years. Appeared on many TV shows and is a frequent CWRT speaker.
  • Jim Stanbery: Professor of Political Science and History at Los Angeles Harbor College, and speaker at the West Coast Civil War Conference for more than twenty years. Is a frequent CWRT speaker.
  • Theodore Savas: Is an attorney, adjunct college instructor, award-winning author, Partner and Managing Director of Savas Beatie LLC. He specializes in military history and the American Civil War.
  • Ron Perisho: A member of the Sacramento CWRT and Center for Civil War Photography (CCWP), CoEditor of “Gettysburg in 3-D,” and a Soils Engineer who has collected Civil War Photography for 30 years.

Book Faire, July 2016

In 2015, the SBCWRT membership approved the acceptance of two very large donations of a wide variety of Civil War media (books, magazines, brochures, newspaper clippings, videos, etc). We then agreed to use the donations as part of a fundraising effort.

We formed a subcommittee and developed the concept of having a “Book Faire”. This event will be held in July 2016 at Laney College in Oakland in collaboration with other military historical organizations. Book Faire 2016