Welcome to the American Civil War Round Table (UK) site

To help you navigate around the site, all articles fall under one of 4 headings: Battles & Campaigns, Preservation, Profiles and UK Heritage.

 

We can now highlight articles on our front page, where we will give priority to forthcoming meetings, events and special announcements.

 

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Our invitation to you

Our Round Table comprises people from all walks of life who are interested in any or all aspects of the war, but who also care enough to contribute to the growing number of initiatives to preserve this heritage for future generations.

 

If after browsing our site you would like to join us we’d be very happy to enrol you, whatever colour you prefer!

Quotation

 

"I confess, without shame, that I am sick and tired of fighting — its glory is all moonshine; even success the most brilliant is over dead and mangled bodies, with the anguish and lamentations of distant families, appealing to me for sons, husbands, and fathers ... it is only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shriek and groans of the wounded and lacerated ... that cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation."

 

(William Tecumseh Sherman)

 

 

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Welcome to the website of the American Civil War Round Table (UK)

American Civil War Round Table UK

We’re a growing group of mostly British-based members, who get together and share information about all aspects of one of the greatest conflicts of the 19th century. You will also find here articles taken from our thrice yearly magazine ‘Crossfire’, that is free to members. If after browsing our site you would like to join us we’d be very happy to enrol you, whatever colour you prefer!

 

Our Round Table comprises people from all walks of life who are interested in any or all aspects of the war, but who also care enough to contribute to the growing number of initiatives to preserve this heritage for future generations. We meet frequently, mostly in London, to hear a wide variety of presentations on the war. Our speakers have included such published historians as Ed Bearss, Amanda Foreman and Gary Gallagher.

 

Why all this interest in American events of the past with so much history of our own? Surprisingly, we are the first in the line of Civil War Round Tables set up in the 1950s - almost exclusively in the United States. We have maintained a natural affinity with events of the Civil War. With many of its participants hailing from these islands it is perhaps not surprising that British viewpoints have been brought to bear on this all-American affair.

 

Forthcoming events

 

Meeting Booking Form download and email to msomervi@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Details of how to book for the next meeting

 

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2019 Conference report

 

Here are the details of our recent conference

 

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Meeting Dates 2019

 

26 January Mike Somerville

 

9th March Rod Gragg

 

12th - 14th April - Annual Conference - The War in the Carolinas

 

15th June Rick Hatcher The Ironclad attack on Fort Sumter April 7 1863

 

27th July Joe Whitehorne The Jackson-Loring Controversy,1861-2;The Campaign Jackson Lost

 

14th September Derek Young D H Hill

 

16th November (AGM)

 

TBA - Xmas Lunch - contact Jim Carroll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

14/9/2019 - NEXT MEETING - General D H Hill - by Derek Young

 

"It wasn't war, it was murder" Hill on the attack on Malvern Hill

 

In our September meeting will hear from one of our most popular UK speakers, Derek Young, speaking about one of the Confederacy's more maligned generals D H Hill

 

 

 

SPEAKER’S BIOGRAPHY

 

Derek is the current President of the ACWRTUK. He has been a member since he was a babe on Massa Roberts knee. He hopes to put D H Hill in his rightful place in the ranking of Confederate generals.

 

We will need to do our homework to catch him out!

 

 

Meetings are held at the Civil Service Club London 1:00pm start

Preservation news

 

Adopt-a-Cannon

 

Our current $500 preservation pledge is for ongoing maintenance for the cannons at Charleston

 

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Crossfire magazine

 

An Officers Pay Slip

 

In Search of Lieutenant George Washington Ward

 

By Charles Priestley

 

 

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UK People in the Civil War

 

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by Maurice Rigby

 

Editorial note: This is the first of many (I hope) small vignettes of Britons who played a role in the American Civil War. Contributions are welcome from any source so get digging!

 

Webmaster adds: image is Owen Reynold's photo of Joe Hudson's prize-winning 'Blockade Runner'.

 

Arbuthnot Blain; was a cabinet maker at 35 Paradise Street, Liverpool, and had died at his residence 10, Wheathill Farm, Roby, Huyton, on June 23 1868 aged 72. Born in Donegal about 1796, his firm had furnished the cabins for the Alabama, the fittings and furniture being selected by James Dunwoody Bulloch. The firm of A Blain & son had been established in 1796 by his father, and that his son, William Hughes Blain had now carried on the business around 1864. William was a familiar figure in shipping circles, a portion of which supplied the ships, and the admiralty, with furnishings and upholstery. William Blain passed away at Croft House, Huyton, on February 25th 1909 and was buried in Huyton churchyard.

 

 

 

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