Sarasota Civil War Round Table

New Meeting January 11, 2023

VFW Post 3233 has completed repairs and has reopened. Please join us to kick off our 30th Campaign!

This Month’s Presentation

The Sarasota Civil War Round Table
Serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties Florida

30th Campaign

Founded September 1992 - Formerly the "Manasota Civil War Round Table"

The purpose of the Sarasota Civil War Round Table is to study all aspects of the American Civil War and to promote the interchange of knowledge about it. Our members’ interests in the War Between the States are varied and their knowledge ranges from elementary to advanced.

The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month.

We meet eight times a year, September through May.  Our meetings feature a speaker who discusses a Civil War topic. Reservations are not required. Dress is casual. Meetings begin at 7 P. M.


We welcome new members and the annual dues are $40 per family. If you are interested in becoming a member or attending a meeting as guest, please contact Gordon Balme at 941-447-3154 or Wally Hoppe at 941-726-6876.

Meeting at VFW Post 3233
124 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34237
Post Phone: 941 365-1818
Feel free to invite anyone who may be interested!

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This Month’s Presentation

Gordon Balme
Harpers Covers the Civil War
January 11, 2023

During the Civil War, artists visited battles sites to capture the scene with their skilled hands. Harper's Weekly published many of these illustrations.

October, 2022 Speaker

Wally Hoppe
Jackson's Valley Campaign
October 12, 2022

Also known as the Shenandoah Valley campaign of 1862, Wally will present an overview and discussion.

Past Meetings

John Horn
The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864
February 9, 2022

The Weldon Railroad ran from Petersburg, Virginia to Weldon, North Carolina, where it connected with the port at Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Deep South. Lee regarded it as indefensible but defended it successfully from the beginning of the Siege of Petersburg in June 1864 until the Federals severed it in August 1864. The railroad is America's Railroad of Death not because of the deaths in battle in the fighting for the railroad, but because of the deaths among the approximately 9,000 Federal prisoners taken in the fighting.

Award winning author John Horn has published articles in Civil War Times Illustrated and America’s Civil War, and his books include “The Destruction of the Weldon Railroad”, and “The Petersburg Campaign”. Horn co-edited “Civil War Talks: The Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard & His Fellow Veterans” with Hampton Newsome and Dr. John G. Selby, published by the University Press of Virginia in 2012.

The Siege of Petersburg:
The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864

John Horn’s outstanding tactical battle study emphasizes the context and consequences of every action and is supported by numerous maps and grounded in hundreds of primary sources. Unlike many battle accounts, Horn puts Grant’s Fourth Offensive into its proper perspective not only in the context of the Petersburg Campaign and the war, but in the context of the history of warfare.

“…a superior piece of Civil War scholarship…”—The late Edwin C. Bearss, former Chief Historian of the National Park Service

To order and view more of Mr. Horn’s work, visit

Theodore P. Savas

Meet Theodore P. Savas
December 8, 2020
A Virtual Presentation on Publishing Your Civil War Book

Theodore P. Savas graduated from The University of Iowa College of Law in 1986 (With Distinction) and practiced in Silicon Valley for many years. He co-founded Savas Woodbury Publishers (later Savas Publishing) in 1990, and sold company to an East Coast publisher in 2001. He began Savas Beatie in 2004.

Phillip Greenwalt

Phillip Greenwalt
November 10, 2020: Speaking on his book Calamity in Carolina: The Battles of Averasboro and Bentonville, March 1865
and the end of the Carolina Campaign

Greenwalt is a full-time contributor to the blog Emerging Civil War. Learn more about Phillip Greenwalt’s books at Amazon.


Philip Leigh
October 13, 2020: “The Current Status of Confederate Monuments”

Leigh's articles appear in the New York Times as well as on The American Spectator. Learn more about Philip Leigh’s books at Amazon.
Read his blog at Civil War Chat by Phil Leigh.

Edward Achorn
Lincoln’s 2nd Inauguration March 10, 2020

Edward Achorn, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Distinguished Commentary, is the deputy editorial pages editor of The Providence (R.I.) Journal. He has won numerous writing awards and his work appears in Best Newspaper Writing, 2007-2008, CQ Press. Reach him at


Author of Every Drop of Blood

“Edward Achorn’s rich history brings the inauguration of 1865 to life.”
–The Economist

“Meticulously chronicles President Lincoln’s March 1865 inauguration in this kaleidoscopic history. Drawing from diaries, letters, memoirs, and newspaper reports, Achorn frames a poignant yet familiar portrait of Lincoln with the accounts of several figures who converged in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural address… He skillfully plumbs his sources for colorful details and draws memorable character sketches. History buffs will savor this evocative narrative. ”—Publishers Weekly

Read Mr. Achorn’s interview in The New York Times.

Order and view more of Mr. Achorn’s work at

October 9, 2018

Gordon Balme

"Maps, Maps, Maps"

November 13, 2018

John Hennessey

"First Battle of Manassas"

December 11, 2018

Crain Bliwas

"The First Day at Gettysburg"

January 15,  2019

Paul Brueske

"The Last Seige: The Campaign for Mobile"

February 12, 2019

Crain Bliwas

"The Cushing Brothers in the Civil War"

Newsletter Archive: The Battle Cry


Officers of the Sarasota Civil War Round Table
President: Gordon Balme, 941-447-3154
Vice President: Vacant
Treasurer: Vacant
Newsletter Editor: Vacant

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