THE CAPTAIN OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, Jr. AWARD was originally created by the combined Executive Boards of The Civil War Round Table of Greater Boston and The Civil War Round Table of Central Massachusetts in 1987. It was created to Honor someone in the Civil War Community who has achieved major efforts in the Education, Preservation, and Perpetuation of The American Civil War, and has grown in stature and significance with each passing year and with each recipient. Just as Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. performed "above and beyond" during The Civil War, so too have all of the recipients done to preserve The American Civil War in the hearts and minds of all Americans.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was born in Boston in 1842, and graduated from Harvard University in 1861. He immediately enlisted in the Mass. 20th, 2nd Corps, in the early moments of the War. He rose to the rank of Captain, and was promoted to the rank of Brevet Colonel while assigned to General Horatio Wright, serving as Aide-de Camp. Holmes was seriously wounded three times at Ball's Bluff, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. He served almost to the very end of the War, terming his service as a "mission to save the Union".

After The Civil War was over, Holmes went on to serve as The Chief Justice of The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and later as an Associate Justice of The United States Supreme Court, serving from his appointment in 1902 until his death in 1932. He now rests in Arlington Cemetery among his fellow soldiers of the War, which he always claimed was the single most profound event of his life, and upon which he based many of his views. In the true tradition of Jefferson and Jackson, he considered himself an ordinary soldier and a citizen in the fight to maintain the rights of the people. As an Associate Justice on The U.S. Supreme Court, Holmes would render more dissenting opinions, many of which would later become our way of life.

So too, in that same tradition, have each of our recipients earned the right to this prestigious Award, and to have their names attached to it. When the ROLL CALL is heard, the names of Jerry Russell (06/20/87), Edwin Cole Bearss (09/30/88), Annie Snyder (09/30/89), James Fahey (11/03/90), Ken Burns (09/28/91), John Hennesey (10/30/92), Dennis Frye (10/16/93), Robert E. "Ted" Turner (04/20/96), James I. "Bud" Robertson (04/10/99), Dr. Robert Pamplin, Jr. (04/13/02, The Civil War Preservation Trust (04/02/05), Professor James McPherson, in abstentia, (04/26/2009), and Frank Williams(11/09/2013).


The Civil War Roundtable of Central Massachusetts Invites you to:

The Oliver Wendell Holmes Awards Dinner and

The Civil War Roundtable of Greater Boston's 60th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday October 28,2017 at Ken's Steak House 95 Worcester Road (Route 9)
Framingham, MA (next to Shoppers World).

     5-6 p.m. Cash Bar
     6 - 7:30 Dinner
    7:30 Awards and Speaker

Our speaker and award recipient will be Garry Adelman, noted Civil War author,
educator and battle guide. Among Garry's published works are: The Mvth of Little Round Top, Antietam Then and Now, Devil's Den: A History and Guide, and Manassas Battlefields Then & Now. He is the Director of History and Education for the Civil War Trust. He is also the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg.

To reserve your place, please send a   check for $45/person (made out to The War Roundtable of Central Massachusetts to:

      John Hussey
     99 Mason Road
     Jefferson, MA 01522

Menu for Hot Buffet
Entrees: Chicken Parmesan, Roast Prime Rib
Sides: Creamy Mashed Potato, Green Bean Almandine, Pasta, Caesar Salad, Ken's
House Salad
Rolls and Butter
Coffee & Tea Station
Chefs Assortment of Desserts Table