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Pea Ridge National Military ParkPlease join the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri (CWRTWM / Round Table) for a 2-day road trip and tour to Pea Ridge National Military Park and Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in northwest Arkansas.  Transportation to and from Arkansas will be your responsibility.

When:  Wednesday and Thursday, April 19-20, 2023

Costs (pay as you go):  Because some may want to go earlier than Wednesday or stay longer, we are asking everyone to make their own lodging reservation and pay other expenses.

  • Transportation to the sites (on your own)
  • Overnight at various Bentonville, Arkansas lodging establishments:
    Many price points.  You may be eligible for special rates available to you through your credit card or affiliated groups such as AAA, AARP or your gym membership.  You should “guarantee for late arrival” because you may not arrive before 4 p.m.
  • Meals:
    The Round Table will provide lunch at the Pea Ridge visitor’s center on Wednesday, April 19 at noon.  Other meals such as dinner Wednesday night will be your own expense, but we will probably pick a restaurant so that everyone can eat together if they wish.  Many hotels include breakfast the following morning.
  • Tours of the battlefields:
    • Pea Ridge Battlefield and Visitor's Center -- Free (ranger led tour)
    • Prairie Grove Battlefleld Museum -- Free.  $6 per person  for tour of the Borden House.  Self-guided tour of the Battlefield.

Prairie Grove Battle -- Painting of The Bayonet or Retreat by Andy ThomasItinerary:

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 --

  • Meet at Pea Ridge Battlefield Museum in Arkansas by Noon on April 19th.  It is approximately a 3 ½ hour drive from Independence.  A light lunch will be served courtesy of the Round Table.  We will first see the museum and then have a ranger led tour.
  • Travel to your lodging establishment where you have made your own reservation
  • Dinner at one of the restaurants in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Thursday, April 20, 2023 --

  • Breakfast and check out.  Ready to eave by about 9:00 a.m. to travel to Prairie Grove Battlefield, an approximate 20 minute drive.
  • Tour the museum and the Borden House (click here for house info) on the Battlefield ($6 per person for the house).  Self-guided tour of the Battlefield.  Probably be finished by about noon.
  • We will bid everyone farewell for lunch on your own and the trip back.

Potential side trips:  (on your own)  (bullet text are links)

Contact and sign up:  Contact Beverly Shaw, Treasurer, for more information, potential carpooling options and to sign up so that we know who and how many to expect for lunch and the tours.  Call Beverly at (816) 225-7944 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fort Smith, overlooking St. Joseph, MissouriCivil War Sites
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9:00am to 4:00pm

The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri took a day trip to St. Joseph, Missouri on October 19, 2019.  Among the sites visited were:

  • Mount Mora Cenetery (final resting place of Brigadier-General M. Jeff Thompson)
  • Fort Smith Park
  • Murals of St. Joseph
  • Patee House
  • Jesse James' Home
  • Pony Express Museum

Transportation was by tour participant carpooling.  Here were the details:

1859 Jail & Marshal's Home MuseumFirst Battle of Independence
Walking Tour

Sponsored by




When: August 10, 2019
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Guide: Mike Calvert, President of the CWRTWM
Meet: At the 1859 Jail & Marshall's Museum
217 N Main
Independence, MO
Cost: Free

Available around the Truman Courthouse
and in the lot across from the Jail Museum


We would love to have you join us on a little weekend trip to Wilson's Creek National Battlefield at Republic, MO near Springfield and Newtonia Battlefield.

When:  Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, 2017

The Civil War Round Table of Kansas City
invites you on a Guided Bus Tour of

Historic Fort Leavenworth, KS
The Oldest Continuously Occupied Fort West of the

Saturday April 22, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tour bus leaves at 8:00 a.m. SHARP from the Johnson County Community College Parking Lot, located at 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park KS 66210. (Please use the “South Campus Drive” entrance off “Quivira Road” and meet at the parking lot immediately west of that entrance, in sight of the “Hospitality and Culinary Acacdemy”).

Itinerary Highlights: Arrive Ft. Leavenworth approx. 9:00 am. See the Buffalo Soldier Monument; Clock Tower building; General’s Qtrs.; Santa Fe Trail Cut; old (and new) Disciplinary Barracks; Prisoner’s Cemetery; Custer, MacArthur and Eisenhower Qtrs; National Cemetery; Frontier Army Museum, and
more!  Some sights will be “drive by”, some will involve short walks around the site!


The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri

A Car Trip to St. Louis, Missouri
Friday-Sunday, April 4-6, 2014

  • Destination: St. Louis, Missouri
    • Missouri Civil War Museum at Jefferson Barracks (tour of the musuem and driving tour of the buildings still standing)
    • Ulysses S. Grant Symposium (underwritten by Missouri Humanities Council)
      • Book signing by James W. Ewin (Guerrillas in Civil War Missouri) and Greggory Wolk (Friend and Foe Alike: A Tour Guide to Missouri's Civil War)
      • Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
      • "Divided Loyalties" exhibit from the Missouri State Archives
    • Keynote Lecture:  Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr. at St. Louis Central Library
    • Campbell House Museum (reception)
    • Father Dickson Cemetery, Crestwood, MO (guided tour)
    • White Haven, the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (self-guided tour and roundtable discussion moderated by local scholars and Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr.)
    • As time and interest permits, other St. Louis Civil War sites such as Bellefontaine Cemetery and Calvary Catholic Cemetery (William T. Sherman), the Camp Jackson Incident, the Gratiot Street Prison, the location of the Dred Scott decision
  • Date:  Friday-Sunday, April 4-6, 2014
  • Cost:  $100 per person with double occupancy, plus meals
  • Reservation deadline:  Saturday, March 15, 2014


Click here to download a PDF document for full details and the reservation form.


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Bates County, MO
Saturday, May 18, 2013

As part of Historic Preservation Month in Independence, Missouri, the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri is announcing their next bus tour:

  • Destination:  Bates County, Missouri
  • Date:  Saturday, May 18, 2013
  • Time:  9 am to 5 pm
  • Cost:  $30 (includes a box lunch with a ham or turkey sandwich, pasta salad, cookie, and iced tea or water)
  • Reservation deadline:  Wednesday, May 15, 2013


The Civil War Round Table of Kansas City

The Civil War Round Table of
Western Missouri


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bus departure time is 8:30am sharp, Truman Rd and Main, Independence and returns between 5:00 and 5:30pm.

What:  CWRTWM Guided Bus Tour to Clay County

When:  Saturday, May 14, 2011. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where:  Meet at the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe, 106 E. Walnut, Independence, MO.

Mine Creek Battlefield Tour
Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri took a guided bus tour to the Battle of Mine Creek near Pleasanton, Kansas on Saturday May 15, 2010.  The bus had two pickup points – one at the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe, 106 E. Walnut, Independence, Missouri, at 9:00 a.m. and another at the Battle of Westport Museum at the main entrance of Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri, at 10:00 a.m.  The cost was $30 for all day to pay for transportation and admittance fees with a fast food lunch on your own if you did not choose to bring along your very own brown bag.  Estimated time of return was 4:30 p.m. at Swope Park and 5:00 p.m. in Independence.

Lincoln sites, Springfield, Illinois
September 18-20, 2009

The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri took a guided bus tour of the Lincoln sites in Springfield, Illinois.  Karen Coin did a marvelous job of talking with the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library and other sites, restaurants, and hotels to get us very good rates and to make our trip as smooth as possible.  We saw a lot of history in our time
there.  The price was only $225 for double occupancy at the hotel, a tour bus ride with professional driver, historical sites, and all meals except fast food for supper on Friday evening and fast food for supper coming back on Sunday.