Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation


Trekker: Larry Jilbert
November 11 - November 13
Flight: Seattle to Sacramento
Annual West Coast Civil War Conferences have been held in California since 1983 with a different CWRT or other Civil War related group hosting each year. Since 2003 most of the Roundtables in California have not hosted the annual conference leaving it to a few of the larger groups, including the Sacramento Civil War Round Table group which co-hosted this year’s event with Elk Grove Civil War Round Table. Sacramento always has the highest attendance and this year was no exception.

The three day conference is generally held on or around Veteran’s Day. If you are interested in immersing yourself in a weekend of history under the tutelage of the finest Civil War scholars in America - at a reasonable cost - and at the same time enjoying good food (and California wine), first-rate facilities and good conversations with fellow Civil War enthusiasts, then you should seriously consider attending an upcoming conference. My wife, Carol, and I have attended five out of the last six conferences and have never been disappointed.

program for this year’s conference was “1861 – The First Year”. Speakers included Dr. Craig Symonds, William C. Davis, Dr. Brian Steel Wills, James Stanbery, and Larry Tagg. This year’s conference was exactly what I have come to expect. The speakers were all excellent. Their combined knowledge of the Civil War with varying sides taken and varying views expressed made for a very enjoyable time. There was often banter back and forth between the various speakers and also between them and their audience that was filled with good humor along with being informative. Savas-Beatie LLC Historical Book Publishers, along with other book sellers were also present at the conference and a raffle of Civil War books and related items was carried on over the three days.

Looking ahead, the 2012 conference will be hosted by the
Orange County Civil War Roundtable with the event possibly being held at Knott’s Berry Farm in Anaheim or on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Ideas were bounced around about a possible cruise from Los Angeles to Ensenada, Mexico and back for 2013. These are great ideas that can only add to an enjoyable time. I highly recommend to all my fellow members in the PSCWRT giving consideration to attending a future conference.

Larry Jilbert