Lee after the warTHE ROBERT E. LEE
CIVIL WAR
ROUND TABLE
of Central New Jersey


 

Gettysburg Maps Available!    

The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides (ALBG) of Gettysburg wishes to announce the duplication of two important Gettysburg maps. The S. G. Elliot Burial Map, which was originally published in 1864, lists locations of mass graves on the battlefield. The Library of Congress holds an original copy of this work. The size of this map is 24 X 36. The Cope Map, circa 1903, illustrates the crops grown on the battlefield during those fateful days in July 1863. The size of this map is 32 X 48.  The Association's copy of the Cope Map is unique for it includes hand written additions made by Chief Historian Kathy George Harrison The ALBG is asking for a donation of $10.00 per each map or $15.00 for the set of two to help defray reproduction costs, as well as shipping and handling. These two maps are indispensable primary resources for any student of Gettysburg. Checks made payable to the ALBG should be sent to: ALBG, P. O. Box 4152, Gettysburg, PA 17325, ATTN: Wayne Motts. All maps will be shipped via regular US mail, folded flat. US mailing addresses only please.


AN INTRODUCTION

The Robert E. Lee CWRT is dedicated to the study, preservation, and discussion of the events and people that were part of this period in our nation's history. The Round Table was organized in 1990. It meets once a month at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodbridge Main Public Library. Presentations on various aspects of the Civil War are given by widely recognized authors and historians. Recent presenters include Dale Gallon, Mike Priest, Ed Bearss, Jeffrey Wert, Gary Kross, David Martin, Scott Hartwig, Jerry Russell, Pat Falci, Terry Winschel, Gordon Rhea, James McPherson and Dennis Frye. You are welcome to join us for any of our meetings.

As the largest Round Table in New Jersey, our 200 members are presented with interesting and informative presentations and tours of the sites at which the war's events took place. Round Table members are well-versed in Civil War literature, and have prepared book reviews of some Civil War books and articles.  Other members have developed individual expertise in Civil War topics and are available to speak at one of your round table's meetings. If you are interested in having one speak before your organization, click here.

To see our 2010 - 2011 meeting schedule including dues information, click here. 

 


MEMBER BENEFITS

An informative newsletter, called "The Official Records" is sent out monthly to all our members. The newsletter serves as a reminder of upcoming meetings, and previews the topics and speakers of the meetings. If you wish to view this month's "The Official Records", click on it's title.  To start receiving it by mail, go to the "More Information" area below to make your request.  Additionally, members are informed of local, state and national Civil War-related activities. Our annual Program Booklet, distributed to each member, includes reviews of each of the presentations given during the year, as well as separate articles and book reviews of current Civil War literature. Members are also presented with opportunities to participate in tours, conferences and presentations. 

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TOURS 

We also see where history was made. Professionally-guided tours of major battle sites are a hallmark of our round table, where we believe a first-hand view of the sites gives all members an even better understanding and appreciation of what those involved went through. Each year we have an October trip to the Gettysburg battlefield. Additionally, we conduct weekend tours of sites our members deem of greatest interest. Recent tours have taken our members to Antietam, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry and Manassas.  To see more on our Peninsula Campaign tour on July 21-22, 2012, click here.



BATTLEFIELD PRESERVATION

The R.E. LEE CWRT recognizes the importance of maintaining, preserving and presenting historic Civil War sites. Many of our members take a keen interest in assisting preservation efforts. Our annual Battlefield Preservation Dinner has raised thousands of dollars to help preserve and protect our national heritage.

The Round Table has undertaken a concerted effort to raise $1,000 yearly for battlefield preservation efforts by "passing the hat" at our monthly meetings.  We also donated $150 to the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain house in Maine.  Also, in conjunction with the National Park Service at Gettysburg, we have "adopted" the 8th New Jersey Monument in the Wheatfield.  Semiannually, several members go to the battlefield and clean up the area around the monument.

In June, 2000, the Robert E. Lee Civil War Roundtable presented a check for $1,500 to the Civil War Preservation Trust. This represented funds contributed by the membership over the 1999 - 2000 program year and will assist the Trust in reaching its goal of preserving 2000 acres in the year 2000.   In June 2001, the Roundtable donated $1,100 to the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust.  This organization is concerned primarily with saving hallowed ground in the critical Fredericksburg / Spotsylvania corridor, where four major battles of the eastern theatre occurred.  For the current year, the Roundtable has designated The Richmond Battlefields Association as the recipient of all preservation funds raised by the membership.  This partner organization is concerned primarily with saving hallowed ground in the Richmond, Virginia area, where numerous critical battles occurred.  Their website is www.saverichmondbattlefields.org 

 


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

The Robert E. Lee CWRT has a mission to work with school-age children to help them better understand the American Civil War.  Each year, the Round Table conducts a contest for high school students, inviting them to submit papers on any topic related to the Civil War.  A committee of Round Table members then select the top three winners from among the many submissions. The winning students receive financial awards under the Joan Schreck Memorial Scholarship, to help them continue their education. The award is named for Joan Schreck, one of the Round Table's founding members, whose untiring efforts helped the Round Table grow during its early years.

The New Jersey Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee plays a preeminent role in our state's observation and commemoration of New Jersey's part in the Civil War

 


CIVIL WAR LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTER CELEBRATED IT'S EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY ON OCTOBER 22nd! 

Founded in November 1997 by the Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey, the Civil War Library and Research Center is a one-of-a-kind facility.  Funded by corporate, foundation and individual donations and staffed entirely by volunteers, the library is open to the public and features one of the largest single collections of Civil War material in existence, with over 2,000 bound volumes and hundreds of periodicals.  The Library is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and by appointment by calling 732-326-1611.  

 
The Robertson Prize is bestowed annually to the author of the best original work of published scholarship in the field of Confederate history - military, political or social.  It is named for Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor in History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  To be considered for the 2004 Robertson Prize, publishers are asked to send three finished copies (no galleys) of their proffered work, along with contact details in the event of its selection, to the Civil War Library and Research Center, Robertson Prize Committee, 94 Green Street, Room 104, Woodbridge, NJ  07095.  Reprints of earlier works are not eligible, but edited collections of previously unpublished source material (diaries, letters, etc.) do qualify.  Publishers are welcome to submit more than one work for consideration.  The Library will accept submissions for books published in 2002 until March 31, 2003.

 

Building on its efforts to preserve, protect, and educate, the R.E. Lee CWRT opened the Civil War Library and Research Center in November 1997.  Proudly celebrating it's fifth anniversary of operation, the Library features over 2,000 volumes of material related to the American Civil War.  Many of the books in the collection were published prior to 1900.  The facility is located on the first floor of the recently renovated former Masonic Lodge at 94 Green Street in downtown Woodbridge, NJ. Its mission is to be the premier facility within the State of New Jersey dedicated to further study of the American Civil War.  The public is welcome to visit the Library to browse its impressive collection or to conduct research.  Members of the R.E. Lee CWRT have been given borrowing privileges for about 700 of the books in the collection.

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The Civil War Library and Research Center is open to the public on:
Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.,
most Mondays from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and
other times by appointment.
You can reach the Library at (732) 326-1611.
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The Library and Research Center welcomes donations of Civil War-related material. If you are interested in donating books, manuscripts, tapes, videos, paintings, or any other Civil War material, please contact us.

The Library could use your help.  Become a Civil War Library supporter.  Please consider renewing or starting your sponsorship of the Library's programs.  Click here to access the form which describes the many benefits of supporting this fabulous facility.

The Robert E. Lee CWRT of Central New Jersey is 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations to the Round Table may be tax deductible. We welcome your support!


MORE INFORMATION

If you are interested in finding out more about the R.E. LEE CWRT, please mail us at:
RE Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey
1162 St. George Avenue, Suite #194
Avenel, N.J. 07001
 call us at:   (732) 326-1611

or e-mail our Web master Glenn Buchanan

or Round Table President, William Bork


OTHER CIVIL WAR INFORMATION

 

Civil War Exhibit and Heritage meeting at Sea Girt

 

The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey, located at the Sea Girt National Guard Training Center, Sea Girt Avenue and Camp Road, Sea Girt NJ, is proud to announce the opening of its new exhibit ‚€œCivil War New Jersey‚€Ě on March 22, 2008.  The exhibit includes artifacts, photos and artwork associated with New Jersey's role in the war, and will be held in conjunction with the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association's (NJCWHA) Annual Meeting. The NJCWHA, along with George A. Custer Camp, Sons of Union Veterans, rendered significant assistance to the museum in the preparation of the exhibit.

 

The exhibit features a number of rare relics. They include a Mann patent cartridge box carried during the war by a soldier from the 15th New Jersey Infantry, a testament carried by another soldier from the 15th and memorabilia associated with New Jersey Medal of Honor winner and National Guard officer J. Madison Drake of Elizabeth, all on loan from the John Kuhl collection.  A mannequin portrays a soldier of the 13th New Jersey Infantry as he would have looked during General William T. Sherman‚€™s March to the Sea in the fall of 1864. Following the Civil War many veterans, joined the National Guard.  In recognition of this the museum has enhanced the exhibit with a rare original uniform and equipment from the postwar period, on loan from the Ronald DaSilva collection.  Nationally renowned military artist Don Troiani has granted the museum use of his New Jersey related artwork, which is also included in the display. 

 

The NJCWHA meeting is open to the public and will feature a color guard from the 13th New Jersey Volunteers uniformed and equipped as the original regiment was in 1864. Featured speaker Thomas Fox will discuss his new book. "Drummer Boy Willie McGee: Civil War Hero and Fraud," detailing the remarkably checkered career of McGee, a Medal of Honor winner and rogue who served in the 33rd New Jersey Infantry. The meeting will be held from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and the museum will be open to visitors from 10 am until 3 pm.  For additional information please call 732-974-5966

 

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