April 2020 Newsletter


This Month’s Meeting:






Our host, Legacy Estates, has cancelled meetings such as ours, and the President and Governor have asked that gatherings include no more than ten persons


April 22, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Legacy Estates Theater, 7200 Van Dorn

(use the lower parking on the west side;

Board meeting at 6:30 – all are invited to attend

and contribute suggestions and ideas)


Upcoming Meetings

(Get all these on your calendar!)

All programs to be announced


May 27, 2020

Program:  CSA’s #1 General:  A Look at Gen. Samuel Cooper

Presented by Ken Hessel


Note that meeting dates and places could change as special events may be scheduled (e.g., we probably would not stage a ‘cannon shoot’ on a Wednesday evening at Legacy Estates).







2019-2020 dues are now due!  Please bring your cash or a check for $15.00 ($25.00 for a family membership) to the meeting, or you may mail it to Civil War Round Table, 1227 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, NE, 68508.  So far, thirty-five members have paid their 2019-2020 dues, with four family memberships, and two new members for a total of $565.00.00 collected.




Good News – Bad News: 


Good news:  LB 850 was introduced in the Legislature on the first day of this Session.  If passed, it should be the required “state request” for a monument to the First Nebraska at the Fort Donelson Battlefield.  The bill was heard by the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on January 30.  The bill was voted out of the committee unanimously and was mad a priority bill by Speaker Scheer.  It received unanimous 36-0 first round approval on March 5, 2020.  It was placed on Select File on March 9, 2020.  On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the Omaha World Herald contained an editorial supporting the bill:


Omaha World Herald Editorial


On March 23, 2020, the Omaha World Herald ran an article about LB 850:


March 23, 2020, OWH Article


Bad news:  Due to COVID-19, the Nebraska Legislature has adjourned until it is reconvened.




As noted last month, there is a wealth of Civil War information on the internet.  There are a ton of excellent talks on YouTube.  The Civil War Round Table Congress has announced Zoom lectures that can be “attended” and here is information on some of those lectures:


Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln


Six Days in September (1862)


Six Lectures in April and early May


Six More Lectures in May


There is also a wealth of information, including virtual battlefield tours, on the website of what used to be the Civil War Trust, which is now the American Battlefield Trust and here is a link to its site:


American Battlefield Trust


And here is a link to the “Learn” section of that website:


American Battlefield Trust/Learn


Hopefully these links will help you “fan the flame” of your Civil War interest.  Be safe, and we hope to reconvene in May!