Studying the Missouri-Kansas Border War and Beyond
Start planning your Wargasm
May 1, 2020
Again, I find myself in my library looking out the backdoor and watching anything that might be happening just to break the monotony. I started to count the birds and then squirrels. After that was complete, I started separating them by color and size. I need help. I have been on lock down since March 12. I am getting just a little bit stir crazy. Since I cannot go anywhere at this time (by the way I fully support this), I have started to plan future trips. You might remember that I refer to these Civil War related trips as Wargasms. I didn’t invent this phrase; Tony Horowitz introduced me to it in his book Confederates in the Attic.
For my next Wargasm I have started plans to visit Vicksburg and the sites of the supporting battles. When I go to a battlefield, I like to travel the routes the armies took. As best a possible anyway. I have been able to follow Lee/Meade into Gettysburg, Lee/McClellan into Antietam, Jackson up and down the valley, Early to Monacacy, Rosecrans’ retreat to Chattanooga from Chickamauga and Sherman’s march to Atlanta and the sea. By taking Longstreet’s march on Little Round Top, you discover, even today, that if he continued on his original route he would have been exposed to the Federal troops and any surprise would be gone. By the way, locally if you want to know why the battles of Price's Raid in the Kansas City area were fought where they were, don’t follow the troops -- follow the wagon train. I like to do the research to find these routes and by taking these routes develop an understanding of why a battle was fought where it was. Needless to say, planning for these trips takes some time. The experience at the battlefield is enriched with a little background study. Knowing where, what, when and how will enrich the experience of your battlefield excursion. So, take some time (you have plenty of time right now) and start planning your Wargasm.
Just because the tour brochure says your battlefield exploration will take 3 hours, it doesn’t mean you can’t take 3 days or more. Good luck, good travels and stay safe. We will be able to travel together again before we know it.
PS: If you ever begin to question why you have been in your house for weeks on end, read this.
'No Man is an Island'
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
John Donne 1624
-- Mike Calvert, President of the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri
Status of Programs and Meetings
With the status of the coronavirus changing daily, please check in advance for any programs or meetings you see listed on our website and on our calendar to make sure they are still being held. While we endeavor to keep our information up to date, we sometimes are not notified about changes in other organization's events.
Publication of our bi-monthly newsletter, the Border Star, will be suspended until further notice.
Online programs are one way of continuing your interest in history while staying at home. Check your favorite organization's website for streaming opportunities.
- Missouri State Archives -- Presentation Videos
- Missouri State Historical Society -- Our Missouri Podcast
Upcoming CWRTWM meetings and programs ...
Wednesday, June 10 at 7pm *** Cancelled ***
To keep our members and friends as safe as possible from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are cancelling this meeting.
Villiage Heights Community of Christ Church
1009 Farview Drive
Monthly meeting program: Our annual picnic -- theme will be "Civil War Songs"
Open to the public.
Wednesday, July 8 at 7pm
Villiage Heights Community of Christ Church
1009 Farview Drive
Monthly meeting program: Barbara Hughes: "Lone Jack"
Open to the public. Refreshments immediately following the program.
See our Calendar for more information and other Round Table and area events.
*** Please check in advance with the hosting organization to ensure your event is still being held ***
"Civil War Monuments and Memorials in Western Missouri"
Our second “Monuments” book is now available for purchase at a CWRTWM meeting or by mail. The book is called Civil War Monuments and Memorials in Western Missouri. It includes sites in greater Kansas City and extends to other areas in western Missouri that could be considered no more than a daytrip from Kansas City. It is available in two different cover designs: the original "First Kansas Colored" and "Mounted Shelby". Please specify which cover you would like when ordering.
The cost for this full color compilation is $15 for CWRTWM members ($20 for non-members) plus postage and handling of $2.75 per book if mailed. You may save the postage and handling by picking up the book at one of our monthly meetings.
Please make your check payable to:
P. O. Box 3019
Independence, MO 64055
What We Do
Monthly Program/Meetings – Featuring "Speaker of the Month" or "Round Table Sessions," refreshments and socializing with others of like interests. Meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month. Check the Calendar to verify the date and location and find out about the next program topic. Visitors are always welcome!
Monthly Board Meetings – Meetings are generally bi-monthly and held immediately following the monthly program/meetings on the second Wednesday of the month. Members can verify the date and location by logging into this site and checking the Calendar. Non-members can send an inquiry via the Contact Us page. Visitors are always welcome!
The Sonny Wells Little Blue Battlefield Memorial Commission – A subsidiary Commission organized for the purpose of receiving and maintaining all real estate and monies of the Little Blue Battlefield and its memorials, setting goals, raising funds and any other purposes lawfully identified, in order to preserve the Little Blue Battlefield, located at and near the Little Blue River and U.S. Highway 24 in eastern Jackson County, Missouri. This is the publishing arm of the organization to create historical guide books to Civil War Monuments and Memorials in Missouri, normally within a 50 mile range of Kansas City.
The Lewis-Gregg Cemetery Commission – A subsidiary Commission organized for the purpose of owning, operating, maintaining and funding the Lewis-Gregg Cemetery, located in eastern Jackson County, Missouri, which includes land and monies transferred from the Jackson County Historical Society in 2006, and for any other purposes lawfully identified, in order to preserve the Lewis-Gregg Cemetery.
Field Trips – Excursions to local history sites, first-hand learning, refreshments.
Annual Picnic – Complete with Civil War fare, when we dare.
Christmas Party – Christmas feast, celebration of Christmas past and costuming, with a potluck meal and a speaker.
Monthly Newsletter – "The Border Star" for our members, monthly calendar items, border warfare articles, national Civil War articles, information about our members and friends.
Who We Are
Only Virginia and Tennessee had more Civil War engagements than Missouri. The Battle of Lexington early in the war, the Battle of Lone Jack near the middle of the war and the Battle of Westport late in the war all occurred in western Missouri. The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri studies them and more. Each month the Round Table meets to hear speakers present topics related to the war and local attractions.
The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax exempt organization, dedicated to educational purposes including the promotion and understanding of all aspects and phases of the U.S. Civil War period, especially in WESTERN MISSOURI and the "BORDER WAR" conflict and to stimulate interest in and further discussion and study of the War Between the States.
Re-enactors - Men, women, children, and families portraying Civil War era personalities - Both Union and Confederate.
Genealogists - Family history researchers - Many related to Civil War veterans.
Historians - Veteran and novice researchers of local and national Civil War history.
Preservationists - Interested in battlefield, cemetery, monument, artifact, and historic site preservation.
Teachers - Area high school and grade school teachers and other educators.
Authors - Published writers of both local and national Civil War history.
Anyone interested in Civil War history. Meetings open to members and non-members. COME ONE, COME ALL!