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The Colonel Henry Ryerson Civil War Round Table in Sussex County, NJ

ANNOUCEMENT: Next Meeting Tuesday, May 21st 6:00PM - 10:00 PM: 19th Annual Roundtable Dinner

About Us: 

The concept of organizing a Civil War Round Table in Sussex County started in September 2003 with a first meeting at the Sussex County Community College, spearheaded by then-College president Brad Gottfried. A Civil War Round Table is an independent organization that shares a common objective in promoting and expanding interest in the study of the military, political, and sociological history of the American Civil War. There are hundreds of such organizations throughout the United States, with some in other countries as well. Our organization became a recognized not-for-profit with the State of New Jersey and has a duly elected Board of Trustees and Officers.

At those first few meetings, there was much discussion about a name for the group. Many sided heavily for the General Judson Kilpatrick Civil War Round Table – the General having been born and raised in Wantage Township within Sussex County. In the end, it was decided that the group would be named after Colonel Henry Ryerson, a resident of Newton during the war who helped recruit and then volunteered with the 2nd NJ Volunteer Infantry regiment. He was fatally injured at the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864 in Virginia and is buried in the Old Newton Burial Grounds in Newton, New Jersey.

Each year since then, the group has met in September, October, November, January, February, March, April, and May, first at the College, then at the Main Branch of the Sussex County Library, after that in the Town Hall room at Bristol Glen United Methodist Community off Route 206, and currently back at the Sussex County Community College in Newton. Our accommodations at the College are superb with easy parking, a spacious room, and good audio/visual capabilities. Our regular meetings start at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of those months listed above (except for May when we meet at a local restaurant).

At each meeting, we have a professor, author or artist, historian, reenactor, or other expert give a presentation that lasts approximately an hour. Past local speakers have included Dr. Heidi Weber, County Historian Wayne McCabe, and author Dr. Peter Lubrecht. Regionally and nationally known speakers have included Bill Styple, Joe Truglio, and David Martin. One year we had actor/historian Patrick Falci give a memorable presentation as General A.P. Hill.

Each year in January, we have our Annual Movie Night and have watched notable (and lesser-known) movies that have included Buster Keaton’s silent classic The General, The Red Badge of Courage with Audie Murphy, and more recently we watched The Hunley with Armand Assante and Donald Sutherland and The Raid with Van Heflin and Anne Bancroft.

Twice a year, the group organizes a Civil War Tour, most of which occurs in Gettysburg and its environs, though we have met at Antietam, Monocacy, Arlington Cemetery, Fort Delaware between Delaware and New Jersey, and Harpers Ferry. At the tours, the Round Table picks up the cost of the Tour Guide. We give special attention to our New Jersey monuments at Gettysburg and at times have been recognized for our maintenance around these monuments by the Gettysburg National Military Park.

One of the highlights of our year is the annual Dinner Meeting in May. It has been held in various locations throughout the County, including Sheridan’s, Lafayette House, The Lamp Post, and one notable year at The Sacred Heart Center in Newton.

The Round Table is a member of the League of NJ Historical Societies, and our members have participated in numerous local events such as the Sussex Historical Society’s Newton Burial Grounds Tour, Sussex County History Day, and the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show with a display booth.

Funds to run the organization and help defray costs are only collected from annual dues, a book raffle at each meeting, and donations. The Board and Officers receive no remuneration for their time or efforts. Though meetings can easily number 30 attendees, paid memberships average about 20.

Now in existence as a historical group in the county for almost twenty years, the Round Table has been a place for people who enjoy history, the Civil War, and the 19th century to get together to discuss and enjoy that aspect of our nation’s history. Our meetings are free and open to the public. All who are interested are encouraged to attend!

For more information about the Round Table, please contact: 

James Rawson, Phone: 973-362-0132, Email:

The Next Meeting-May 21st 6-9PM at The Farmstead Gold and Country Club


Location: The Farmstead Golf and Country Club
88 Lawrence Road
Lafayette, NJ
Date: Tuesday, May 21st
Time: 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M

Come join us for a fantastic sit-down dinner at the beautiful Farmstead Golf and Country
Club for a meal and conversation with our special guest, President U.S. Grant! Living historian Ken Serfass provides an opportunity to discuss in person the challenges for the nation as well as the 18th President himself in the first election following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

President Grant will discuss his campaign for the presidency and his goals and aspirations for restoring the Union for the benefit of ALL Americans. Underestimated for his political acumen, President Grant willingly accepted the uphill battles of an outsider holding the reins of government and working for the will of the people. Come along for a historical evening, great conversation, and fantastic food!

Ticket Price: $40 (includes tax and gratuity). Advanced Ticket Purchase Required.
The sit-down meal is served with a garden salad, rolls, roasted rosemary potatoes,
vegetable medley and choice of entree:
1. Baked Ham with Pineapple Honey-Mustard Glaze (gluten free meal)
2. Eggplant Parmigiana with Pasta (vegetarian)
3. Chicken Cordon Bleu
A cash bar will be open.

Tickets may be purchased by completing the form below and mailing it along with a check made out to the “Colonel Henry Ryerson Civil War Round Table.” Payment must be received by May 7, 2024. Tickets will be given out when you arrive at the dinner. Special historical raffles to be held after dinner.

Note: The Dinner will take the place of the regular May Meeting.

Click Here for Registration Form. (Click on "registration form" to download.)


18th Annual Dinner Pictures



One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ, United States, New Jersey


James Rawson

Phone: 973-362-0132 



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