Robert I. Girardi


Civil War Historian, Author, Speaker and Consultant

Welcome to my world.

     I believe the Civil War era to be the most critical in our history. ​I have been studying all aspects of the Civil War for my entire life, from reading books, conducting research, writing, and visiting battlefields, to working with artifacts and documents. 

     I speak to groups of all ages and can craft a discussion appropriate to your venue. My programs are informative. entertaining and affordable. Contact me, I'm the Civil War Guy. 



Phone: 773-319-3508

I am alive and well and making presentations in person wherever invited.



January 5           (Canceled due to covid shutdown)  Barrington Questors/Chicago Fights the                                     Civil War

April 13              Maine Township Town Hall/Shadow Over Chicago: Al Capone and the Windy                                   City (zoom)

April 13              Loudon County CWRT (VA)/Railroad Defense in the Atlanta Campaign (zoom)

April 14              CWRT Congress/The Murder of Major General Bull Nelson (zoom)

April 17              Old Glory SUV (Springfield)/Abraham Lincoln and the Common Soldier

April 23              Breakthrough Ideas/Wheaton/Detective Q&A 

May 31               Sons of Union Veterans/Memorial Day Address, Union Ridge Cemetery

July 13                Maine Township Town Hall/The Changing Memory of the Civil War

August 14           SUV Grave Dedication, Rosehill Cemetery

October 12          Green Mountain CWRT/TBD

October 13          CWRT of the Merrimack/The Civil War Generals

October 14          Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain/Railroad Defense in the Atlanta Campaign

October 15          CWRT of New Hampshire/Railroad Defense in the Atlanta Campaign

October 16          CWRT of Connecticut/TBD

October 23          Salt Creek CWRT at Glen Ellyn Historical Society/Chicago's Memory of the                                    Civil War


January 4            Barrington Questors/Chicago Fights the Civil War

June 9                 Tennessee Valley CWRT/The Murder of Major General William Nelson

December 1        Cobb County CWRT/The Murder of Major General William Nelson


January 12           Milwaukee CWRT/TBD

January 13           Chicago CWRT/TBD


Host Comments

phone: 773-319-3508


Available Programs

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Accepting the Nevins-Freeman Award

       Chicago CWRT, Nov. 12, 2010


The Iron Brigade Association Award

          Milwaukee CWRT, 2014