Welcome from President Loran Crabtree


Speakers for Campaign Year 2022-2023


Loran pictured at the grave of Lieutenant General Stonewall Jackson's left arm, in Locust Grove, Virginia.


Welcome to a New Campaign Year

Dear fellow Round Table members and Civil Warriors,

Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Wells, wrote in his diary "The War has been waged with success, although there have been in some instances errors and misfortunes. But the heart of the nation is sounder and its hopes brighter."

This campaign year we will join together in fellowship at our monthly meetings to study and discuss the successes, errors, and misfortunes of the American Civil War. I hope we, as an organization, can come together and leave each meeting with our hopes brighter.

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Loran Franklin Crabtree and I have been a member of our Round Table since 2015. I was born and raised here in the Atlanta area. My family, the Crabtrees, have been in Grant Park since the 1880s. Like all of you, I am fascinated by the Civil War and have been since I was a child. As a kid, I remember attending Civil War camps and symposiums with my mother and checking out books on the war at the library. My third great-grandfather on my mother's side, James Davis, served in Company H, Hardees Rifles, of the 5th Georgia, C.S.A. My third great-grandfather on my dad's side, William Crabtree, served in the 34th Mississippi, C.S.A. William fought at the Battle of Ezra Church, survived the war, and then in 1914 was buried at Westview Cemetery beneath the ground where he once fought.

I would like to thank our 2022-2023 Executive Committee: Robert Fugate, Bill Dodd, Tim Whalen, Mary-Elizabeth Ellard, John Ottley, Sy Goodman, Sam Moses and Elizabeth Buttimer, as well as Gary Barnes, Gould Hagler, and Carol Willey!

Lastly, I would like to thank YOU for being a member. I am honored and humbled to be your President, and I look forward to serving you and continuing to further the serious discussion and study of the American Civil War.

Loran Crabtree

President Atlanta Civil War Round Table