Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table

Keeping Civil War History Alive in Our Nation's Capital


The Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table (CHCWRT) is open to anyone with an interest in studying the American Civil War and preserving its history. Novices and experts of all ages are welcome!  The CHCWRT offers its members opportunities to meet like-minded individuals through a lineup of engaging speakers and historical outings. Members and guests can also relax and socialize with fellow Civil War buffs by joining us for dinner before every scheduled meeting.

The CHCWRT has been active for more than a decade, meeting in historic buildings throughout Washington, D.C. and sponsoring group tours to Civil War sites. In early 2013, we moved from our longtime home, the U.S. House of Representatives office buildings, to the National Press Club in the heart of downtown.  Our membership includes interested amateurs as well as serious historians. Members of the group have published books and produced documentaries on topics including John Singleton Mosby, the war in Northern Virginia, and Lee’s retreat from Gettysburg.

The CHCWRT is currently not meeting.

All are welcome to a true round table.  Have dinner and cocktails with the CHCWRT and socialize with our scheduled speaker between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Our meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. with networking and more socializing. The business meeting will be brief and begins at 6:45 p.m. Our featured speaker and presentation begins at 7 p.m. We invite questions and discussion after our presentations. Our schedule of speakers is available here.  Meetings feature presentations and discussions highlighting all aspects of the war. Our distinguished roster of past speakers includes Ed Bearss, chief historian emeritus of the National Park Service; Craig Symonds, Professor of History Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy; Edna Medford, Chair of the Department of History at Howard University; Christian Keller, Professor of History at the United States Army War College, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Brian Matthew Jordan, and noted authors Gordon Rhea, Peter Cozzens, and Noah Andre Trudeau, just to name a few.  In addition we have been honored to feature retired military officers; descendants of Civil War soldiers; tour guides from Civil War battlefields and sites; and even the Honorable Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.


Member dues help cover the costs of our programming and are approved at the start of each year by the executive board. Dues are currently $40 per year, prorated to $20 for new members joining after June 1.


It is the policy of the National Press Club to close, as a result of inclement weather, only when the Federal Government closes. If the National Press Club is closed because of inclement weather, there will be a notice on its main telephone line at 202-662-7500. If time permits, we will update our e-mail subscribers. Join our e-mail list here to get in the know.