What we're about

The Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable (PSCWRT) provides members and guests opportunities to discover interesting aspects of the American Civil War. In addition, we offer a chance to interact with some of the most outstanding Civil War historians and scholars in the country. The PSCWRT partners with other organizations within the Civil War community to ensure that the lessons of history are underscored and not forgotten.

Official website: http://pscwrt.org/

Also check out the Facebook page! It is updated daily with interesting content and is a great way to interact with other members outside of meetings.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pscwrt/


Meetings typically take place at the China Harbor restaurant in Seattle. A reservation is required by filling out the following form, but it is not required to order a meal if you prefer. Meals are $24 each. If not ordering a meal a $5 donation is requested. Payment by cash or check is preferred.


Become an official member of the PSCWRT:

If you would like to get more involved and help support the Roundtable's efforts to bring awesome speakers to the Puget Sound area as well as support historical preservation work, you are encouraged to become a member of the Roundtable directly. This is a step beyond being a member of this Meetup group. Members gain access to a special section of the PSCWRT website which includes an informative newsletter and other benefits. To become a member of the Roundtable please fill out the following form and refer to the payment options below. You are not required to be a member to attend meetings, but it is happily encouraged.


Individual & Couple = $25
Dues are paid per season (September through May).

1) Use PayPal (you don’t need a PayPal account). A small PayPal fee will be assessed.
2) Pay the PSCWRT Treasurer at our next meeting
3) Mail dues made out to PUGET SOUND CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE to the following address:

PSCWRT Treasurer
8008 190th Street SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

Thanks for your interest! Let us know if you have questions/comments.

Upcoming events (5+)


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Amy Kinsel will discuss the national movement to remove Confederate monuments by considering how their removal restores as well as erases history. She won the 1993 Allan Nevins Prize for the best-written doctoral dissertation in American History for her study, “From These Honored Dead: Gettysburg in American Culture,[masked].” A Professor of History at Shoreline Community College who earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University, Dr. Kinsel has spoken to the Round Table before. THIS IS A DINNER MEETING. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. NON-MEMBERS NOT HAVING DINNER $5.00, MEMBERS $1.00


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Michael Kirschner will discuss the mobilization of the Union Army by President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of War Simon Cameron, and the Governors of the states in 1861. Because President Buchanan and his cabinet had done very little to prepare the Union for war, and, in fact, took actions that helped arm the Southern states and hindered the Union, the Lincoln administration had to scramble under pressure immediately after Fort Sumter to field effective forces to defend Washington, the border states, and the Union. A patent attorney, Mr. Kirschner is writing a book on the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry, following the discovery that his wife and daughter’s ancestor fought for the Union in that regiment and carried its colors at Gettysburg. THIS IS A DINNER MEETING. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. NON-MEMBERS NOT HAVING DINNER $5.00, MEMBERS $1.00


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Rick Solomon will discuss the 1862 fatal shooting of one Union general, William "Bull" Nelson, by another Union general, Jefferson C. Davis, in Louisville, Kentucky, in response to alleged insults by Nelson. A Past President of the Round Table, Rick will also discuss the poor performance at the Battle of Perryville by Nelson’s replacement, General Charles Gilbert. THIS IS A DINNER MEETING. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. NON-MEMBERS NOT HAVING DINNER $5.00, MEMBERS $1.00


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Ethan S. Rafuse will discuss General George B. McClellan and the Problems of Civil-Military Relations. Professor Rafuse is a professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, and served as the Charles Boal Ewing Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, in[masked]. His published works include McClellan’s War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union, Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, and Corps Commanders in Blue: Union Major Generals in the Civil War, as well as guides to the Antietam, South Mountain, and Harpers Ferry, Manassas, and Richmond-Petersburg Campaign. THIS IS A DINNER MEETING. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. NON-MEMBERS NOT HAVING DINNER $5.00, MEMBERS $1.00

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