The Civil War Center Roundtable (CWRT)


Thomas Van Winkle
December 82022
Hailing from New Jersey Tom and his wife Lisa moved to Spotsylvania Virginia in 1994. They purchased a home that sits on the Wilderness Battlefield overlooking what was once Wilderness Run. Being a long-time history enthusiast Tom began studying the area and the Civil War events that have occurred here.
In 1996 Tom became a founding member of the then newly formed Friends of Wilderness Battlefield group.

Tom held several key positions in the Friends; Newsletter Editor, Battlefield Preservation Director, Membership Director and eventual five term President of the organization.

Tom has written historical and preservation articles for The Civil War News, The Free Lance-Star, Culpeper Star Exponent, Wilderness Dispatch, The Skirmish Line, CVBT’s new publication “On the Front Line” and magazines including Blue & Gray. He has also been published and referenced in several books.

Tom was appointed President of the CVBT in 2017 and currently holds this position.
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Nick Sacco
January 122023
Nick is a Historian and Curator with the National Park Service at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri. Within the field of public history he specializes in interpretation, museum education, education theory, public programming, collections management, Section 106 compliance work, and historical research. He regularly work with people from all walks of life through tours of Ulysses S. Grant’s St. Louis home, “White Haven,” virtual presentations, teacher workshops, speaking engagements, social media posts, and school visits.

He hold an MA degree in History with a concentration in Public History from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and two BA degrees in History Education (certified in Social Studies, grades 5-12) and Music Performance from Lindenwood University.

His work in the historical enterprise extends beyond the National Park Service into the creation of historical scholarship. He has written four peer-reviewed journal articles, including “I Never Was An Abolitionist: Ulysses S. Grant and Slavery, 1854-1863,” which was published by the Journal of the Civil War Era in September 2019. He also wrote hundreds of blog posts on his personal website, “Exploring the Past,” and is currently a regular correspondent for the Journal of the Civil War Era’s blog, “Muster.”
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Paul Lewanski
Feburary 22023
Paul is the leading west coast Robert E. Lee living historian. He has portrayed the general in various reenactments and has been a guest on the Civil War Center podcast as the general.

He is an Experienced Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the primary/secondary education industry. Skilled in Secondary Education, Lesson Planning, Educational Technology, Student Development, and Classroom Training. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) focused in Computer Education from USIU,San Diego.

He was also the California teacher of the year.
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Dr. Jonathan White
March 92023
 Jonathan W. White is professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University. He is author or editor of 13 books and more than 100 articles, essays and reviews about the Civil War, slavery and emancipation, African American history, Abraham Lincoln, and the U.S. Constitution.  His book Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln was named a best book of 2014 by Civil War Monitor, was a finalist for both the Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize and the Jefferson Davis Prize, and won the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s 2015 book prize.  Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War was named a best book of 2017 by Civil War Monitor.  His 2018 book, “Our Little Monitor“: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War, co-authored with Anna Gibson Holloway, was a finalist for the Indie Book Awards and honorable mention for the John Lyman Book Award. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, serves on the Boards of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Institute and the Abraham Lincoln Association, and is the Vice Chair of The Lincoln Forum.  He also serves on the Ford’s Theatre Advisory Council, the editorial board of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, and as editor of The Lincoln Forum Bulletin. In 2019 he won the Outstanding Faculty Award of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the highest award given to faculty in the Commonwealth. His most recent books are My Work Among the Freedmen: The Civil War and Reconstruction Letters of Harriet M. Buss (2021), which he co-edited with his student, Lydia Davis; To Address You As My Friend: African Americans’ Letters to Abraham Lincoln (2021); and A House Built By Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House (2022). 
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Eric J. Wittenberg
April 62023
Eric J. Wittenberg is an award-winning Civil War author. A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, after graduating from Dickinson, Eric was educated at Dickinson College, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

He is a partner in the Columbus, Ohio law firm of Cook, Sladoje & Wittenberg Co., L.P.A., where he manages the firm’s litigation practice. Wittenberg is the author of 22 critically acclaimed books on the American Civil War, several of which have won awards, as well as more than three dozen articles published in national magazines. He is in regular demand as a speaker and tour guide, and travels the country regularly doing both.

He serves on the boards of trustees of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust and the Little Big Horn Associates, and often works with the American Battlefields Trust on battlefield preservation initiatives. He is also the program coordinator for the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars. His specialty is cavalry operations in the Civil War. He and his wife Susan reside in Columbus, Ohio.
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David J. Kent
May 112023
David J. Kent is an award-winning scientist, a respected Abraham Lincoln historian, and a successful multi-book author. His newest book is “Lincoln: The Fire of Genius,” released on Sept. 1, 2022. He has 35 years of experience in scientific research, consulting, and writing, plus a lifetime of Lincoln studies. He is currently President of the Lincoln Group of DC, is Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and a member of the Lincoln Forum Board of Advisors. He has previously served as president of three different scientific organizations.

David has traveled to over 60 countries and is the author of several successful books, including the best-selling “Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity, which saw 8 printings and was translated into multiple languages; “Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America, with multiple printings and numerous award nominations; and “Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World,” also translated into multiple languages. His writing has been published in Civil War Times, The Lincolnian, Writer’s Digest, Lincoln Herald, The Lincoln Forum Bulletin, Smithsonian’s Civil War Studies newsletter, Tesla Magazine, and other outlets.
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Steve Cowie
June 82023
Steve Cowie earned a degree from California State University, Long Beach. As part of the Los Angeles film industry, he penned spec screenplays and sold his award-winning short film Lola to the Sundance Channel. A lifelong student of the Civil War, Cowie dedicated fifteen years to exclusively researching the battle of Antietam. When Hell Came to Sharpsburg is his first book.
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Steven A. Knowlton
August 102023
Steven A. Knowlton is Librarian for History and African American Studies at Princeton University. His historical research has been published in many peer-reviewed journals. He is the recipient of the William Driver Award from the North American Vexillological Association and the Marshall Wingfield Award from the West Tennessee Historical Society and has won the Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award twice. This is his first book.
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Meg Groeling
September 142023
Meg Groeling is a regular contributor to the blog Emerging Civil War, exploring subjects beyond the battlefield such as personalities, politics, and practices that affected the men who did the fighting. A writer, teacher, and curriculum developer since 1987, she has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels for more than thirty years. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in liberal studies and has been involved in continuing education for her entire career. Meg received a master’s degree from American Public University, majoring in military history with a Civil War emphasis. Savas Beatie published her first book, The Aftermath of Battle: The Burial of the Civil War Dead, in the fall of 2015. This is a volume in the Emerging Civil War Series, although it differs from the others in that it takes on a much broader range of subjects. The book has received excellent reviews and has already gone into its second printing. She lives in Hollister, California, in a lovely 1928 bungalow covered with roses outside and books inside.
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The Civil War Center Roundtable (CWRT) was established on 11/09/2022 and the first meeting held on 12/08/2022.

Our founder is Andrew Lucien. With questions, contact him at or call (440) 915-5317.

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