Civil War Forum
 Date  Speaker  Topic  Location
 June 19, 2017
 Michael McCarthy, Author
 Confederate Waterloo, The Battle of Five Forks
 Draught 55, 245 East 55th St.
 July 17, 2017
 William H. Seward Award Winner  Timothy Egan
 Immortal Irishman, Thomas Francis Meagher
 Villa Mosconi, 69 MacDougal St.
 September 25, 2017
 Charles K. Schwarz Lecture Andy Waskie
  Meet General Meade
 Villa Mosconi, 69 MacDougal St.
 October 16, 2017
William H. Seward Award Winner   Ronald C. White
 American Ulysses -- U.S. Grant
 Villa Mosconi, 69 MacDougal St.
 November 20, 2017
  Jeff Richman
  The Gallant Sims
 Draught 55, 245 East 55th St.
 December 11, 2017
 David Mark Brown
 Johnny Reb and Billy Yank in the Spanish-American War
 Villa Mosconi, 69 MacDougal St.
 January 15, 2018  Frank Scaturro
 Grant's Funeral and the Building of   Grant's Tomb
 Draught 55, 245 East 55th St.
 February 12, 2018
  Bruce Venter
  Kill Jeff Davis
 Draught 55, 245 East 55th St.
 March 19, 2018
  Chuck Teague
 The Final 14 Days of Father Abraham
 Draught 55, 245 East 55th St.
 April 16, 2018
     Draught 55, 245 East 55th St.
 May 21, 2018
  Pat Schubert
 Draught 55, 245 East 55th St.
 June 18, 2018
  Jim Santagata
  Montgomery Miegs
 Draught 55, 245 East 55th St.
 July 16, 2018
  Seward Award Winner
   Villa Mosconi, 69 MacDougal St.

Meetings include dinner.  We gather starting at 5:30 and sit down for dinner and announcements at 6:00. 

The cost for meetings at Draught 55 is $45 for members and $55 for non-members.  The cost for meetings at Villa Mosconi is $50 for members and $55 for non-members.    Please RSVP if you are planning on attending.

To RSVP for a meeting, please see the announcement for that meeting on this page. 

Upcoming Meetings 2017-18

     February 12, 2018

Bruce Venter on "Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864"

5:30 PM Gathering for drinks, 6:00 p.m. Dinner, at Draught 55, 245 East 55th Street, New York, NY

                         RSVP Joan Masterson at or at 212-532-1566

Our February speaker, Bruce Venter, will give us a presentation on the controversial February 28 - March 3 Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond in 1864, a raid that angered the people of the Confederacy and probably embarrassed many of the Union's leaders. The title of his presentation, taken from the title of his 2016 book on the subject, is "Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864." The effort began as a cavalry raid by 4000 Union men under General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, with the purpose of invading Richmond and freeing the Union soldiers who were being held prisoner there. Colonel Ulric Dahlgren then led a detachment of 500 men from this force, who were supposed to enter Richmond from the south side of the James River as part of a multi-faceted attack. When many factors combined to keep Dahlgren from being able to make the river crossing that he desired, he tried instead to enter Richmond from the West. Again the cards were stacked against him, and he and 90 of his men became separated from the rest of his command. Dahlgren and many of those 90 men were then killed in an ambush. It was the papers that were found by a Confederate soldier on Dahlgren's body that created a huge scandal. They appeared to be written orders to burn Richmond and to kill Confederate president Jefferson Davis and his cabinet, effecting a complete decapitation of the Confederate Government! Dr. Bruce M. Venter is president of America’s History, LLC, a tour and conference company best known for its annual conference on the American Revolution. He is the author of The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America. Bruce is also 1st vice president of the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond and frequently lectures on the Revolutionary War, including at Fort Ticonderoga’s American Revolution Seminar. He is also known for his character portrayals of General John Burgoyne and Charles Earl Cornwallis. 



Timothy Egan and Ronald C. White Win 2017 William H. Seward Awards

The Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York is pleased to announce two winners of its William H. Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography for 2017:  American Ulysses by Ronald C. White and Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan.  Each winner will receive a full award.
The life of Thomas Francis Meagher -- the subject of Immortal Irishman -- seems more like an adventure novel than the career of a real person;  but real he was.  Sentenced to death for rebellion in Ireland during the Famine, then transported to Australia, Meagher then escaped to New York City and subsequently became commander of the Irish Brigade during the Civil War.  His adventures did not end with the War: ahead lay his appointment as Secretary of the Montana Territory and, finally, his disappearance.  All this Timothy Egan narrates in lively style.
American Ulysses offers a balanced and extremely readable portrait of U.S. Grant.  Without overburdening the reader with detail, it leaves the reader with a clear understanding of what Grant accomplished during his rise from obscurity to command of the Armies of the United States and ultimately the Presidency.  Yet at the same time, Ronald White uses detail to make a point -- such as Grant arriving to assume command at Cairo, Illinois, in civilian clothes and being ignored by everyone at headquarters until he wrote out an order assuming command and read it to the astonished commanding officer.   
The Seward Award is endowed through the generosity of James W. Davis, a founding member of the Forum.  The Award includes an invitation to visit the Forum in New York City and a $2,000 stipend.  Winners are chosen by the Forum's Seward Award Committee, which comprises Forum members Nathan Burkan, Louis McElwee, Nancy Newcomb, and Paul Windels, together with Mr. Davis.  Past winners of the Seward Award are listed below.

First Charles K. Schwarz Lecture

September 25, 2017

The Forum is pleased to announce a series of lectures in memory of our beloved colleague, guiding spirit, and founding member Charles K. Schwarz.  Charlie died last September at age 87 and is missed by all who knew him.  He had a keen mind and an encyclopedic memory, as anyone who talked about baseball, hockey, movies, or politics can attest, and his passion (second only to his family) was the Civil War. 

 Charlie's family and friends made a generous contribution to the Forum in his memory and many Forum members have added their own memorial contributions.  The Forum's Board and Charlie's family have agreed that an appropriate way to use these funds, and one that Charlie would have liked, would be for a series of lectures in Charlie's memory.

We are pleased also to announce that the inaugural Charles K. Schwarz Lecture will be held on September 25, 2017, at Villa Mosconi, 69 MacDougall Street, New York City, with proceedings starting at 6:00 p.m. Our speaker will be Dr. Anthony Waskie of Temple University.  Dr. Waskie is especially appropriate as a speaker for this Lecture beyond his expertise on the Civil War because he has devoted a lifetime of effort to advancing the study and understanding of the Civil War in Philadelphia.  In addition to serving as co-chair of the Civil War & Emancipation Studies Program at Temple University (where he is also an Assistant Professor of German), he is Vice-President of the Grand Army of the Republic Museum in Philadelphia, President of the General Meade Society, and a Trustee of the Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Dr. Waskie is the author of Philadelphia and the Civil War, which was published by History Press in 2011.