Welcome to the Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table website. Our programs provide a great opportunity to delve into a wide variety of topics related to the American Civil War. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our customary in-person meeting location, the Morrell Room at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, is not available for public use. JLC CWRT meetings are now being held remotely, via Zoom, on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Please check the “Speakers 2020 – 2021” tab on this website for meeting announcements.


The JLC CWRT members listed below have volunteered to be officers and members of the Board of Trustees for the 2020 – 2021 season. The election of officers and board members takes place annually, at the June meeting. Please consider joining our leadership team. Your input and support are important to leading our CWRT into the future!

PRESIDENT: Steven Garrett
SECRETARY: Carol Manchester
TREASURER: Mark Mahnke
Mike Bell
Ken McAfee
Bill St. Louis
Linda Schlegel
Phil Schlegel

Steve Garrett & Dave Manchester


The monthly book raffle is an important round table activity. The raffle is more than a good fund raiser! Picking up “new to you” Civil War-related books feeds a desire to learn more and hopefully, will spark new interest among our members and any guests who may join us. If there are any books in your Civil War library that you want to donate to the raffle, please give them to one of the greeters at the table as you arrive. Your support of the round table is much appreciated.



The round table has sponsored a book club for many years. Everyone is invited to join and participate in our discussions and debates. We know you will enjoy the reads and the lively discussion. For the time being the book club is meeting via Zoom. Anyone interested in joining the discussion should contact Steve Garrett by email at:


Book selections and dates are subject to change as determined by the book club.



September 14, 2020 – Hampton Sides, Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission.  Anchor Books, A Division of Random House.  New York, 2001.

October 12, 2020 – Jennifer L. Weber, Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North.  Oxford University Press.  New York, 2006.

November 16, 2020 – James McPherson, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War.  Oxford University Press.  New York, 1997.

December 14, 2020 – John R. McKivigan IV, Peter P. Hinks, and Heather L. Kaufman; Editors, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave: Written by Himself Critical Edition.  Yale University Press.  New Haven, Connecticut, 2001.  (Reprint of the 1845 edition)

January 18, 2021 – Douglas R. Egerton, Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America.  Basic Books, Hachette Book Group.  New York, 2016.

February 15, 2021 – Mark Thornton & Robert Ekelund Jr., Tariffs, Blockades and Inflation: The Economics of the Civil War.  A Scholarly Resources, Inc.  Wilmington, DE, 2004.

March 15, 2021 – Frederick Law Olmsted, Selections From The Cotton Kingdom.  Edited by John C. Inscoe.  Bedford/St. Martins.  Boston/New York, 2015.

April 12, 2021 – James D. Hornfischer.  The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour.  Bantam Books, a Division of Random House.  New York, 2005.

May 17, 2021 – General Herman Haupt, Reminiscences of General Herman Haupt.  (Reprint) Varies publisher if you get hardbound or paperback.  2019/2015.

June 14, 2021 – Ty Seidule, Robert E Lee and Me:  A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause.  St. Martins Press, A Division of Macmillan.  New York, Jan. 2021.

Revised Aug. 20, 2020

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