This site is an online work in progress by Barry Crompton, public officer and researcher for the American Civil War Round Table of Australia, inc. This site contains information on the ACWRTA inc., including where we meet in Melbourne and interstate; links between Australia and the American Civil War, such as the visit of the Confederate Steamer "Shenandoah" to Melbourne, men who served in the American Civil War who had been born in Australia or New Zealand and also those Civil War veterans who died in Australia and New Zealand.
It also shows information on the Archer Memorial Library, commemorating the deeds of Archer's Tennessee Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia who served under Generals A.P. Hill, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee from the start of the war in Virginia until the surrender at Appomattox.
Finally there is research and listings of known posts of the Grand Army of the Republic constructed from documents and research in this library. I have also included a listing of members of the G.A.R. who died with a database of the date, the camp and state where they had been members. This is so far for members with the surname "A", a total of 42,000 names have so far been extracted from Annual Proceedings with more to follow.
Over the past twenty years the Archer Memorial Library has published a number of monographs on the lists between Australia and the Civil War as well as other Civil War reference material.
You can see what work has been created since the site was first instigated by clicking on one of the links in the left column under several headings - Round Table information; links with Australia and Archer's Brigade. If you would like any help with information, please contact me. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have to make this a better site.
Recent developments have given an account of Civil War veterans in Australia researched by the late Roy Parker and published his daughter, Virginia Crocker. Information on this books is published in a homepage organised by Terry Foenander, fellow researcher on this topic.
A new biography on Civil War veteran Alfred Galen Crawford who is buried in the Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, Melbourne, has been provided by a member of his family, Denise McMahon, which I thank for the permission to use her research on his Australian ties
Please visit Terry's page to see more information on this subject at
Civil War veterans in Australia
The activities of the American Civil War Round Table's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the visit of the CSS Shenandoah to Melbourne in January and February 2015 can be located here
The American Civil War Round Table of Australia's new website is up and running with thanks to President Dale Blair for organising this - lots of information on our meetings, the "Minie News" newsletters and photos of our meetings so be sure to check for updates each month. Visit ACWRTA
We have had an exhibition on the CSS Shenandoah in Melbourne at Williamstown and Ballarat in February 2011 with plans for a much larger exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the ship's arrival in January-February 2015. Thanks to the Williamstown Maritime Association and the American Civil War Round Table of Australia for their involvement in commemorating this deed.
Dates are January 24 to January 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is $15 adults, $2 children, $25 a family, $5 for consession card holders. It promises to have the largest display of Civil War memorabilia in Melbourne.
See the webpage at Seaworks here SeaWorks Maritime Festival
I've been working on updating my research on the Shenandoah and I now have about twenty booklets ready to go in late January with information on Shenandoah myths, the people who attended the Buccaneers Ball, what happened to the crew membners and the officers and a few other insights. Check here for more information in late January
One part of my research is now available as an epub at Lulu.com, The State Library of Victoria Holdings and the American Civil War here State Library of victoria.
In January and February 2015 we have several commemorations already planned starting on January 25; February 7 will see a re-creation of the Buccaneers Ball at Criag's Hotel, Ballarat and February 14 the ACRTWA will host a Civil War symposium concentrating on the visit of the Shenandoah. This will be held at the Williamstown RSL and special guest will be Justin Vance of the Hawaii Civil War Round Table Table and Sam Craghead of the Museum of the Confederacy.
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Updated January 2015