By , March 6, 2010

Our Guiding Principles

Education — studying and learning about the American Civil War
Fellowship — constituted as a private men and women’s organization
Quality — selective and limited membership
Motto:  “Quality, Education, and Fellowship in all our Endeavors!”

Next Meeting:  Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Presenters:  Arlen & Rebecca Byrne

  •  Canteen at 6:00 PM — Dinner at 6:45 PM  (Note earlier time for dinner)
  • Pine Ridge Country Club, 30601 Ridge Road (Ohio 84), Wickliffe, OH (1/2 mile west of Ohio 91)
  • Cost $25.00 for an excellent family-style dinner and speaker.  Cash bar.
  • Reservations are required.  Contact Mike Sears at 440-257-3956 or email mikeanddonnas@roadrunner.com.  

Last Meeting: 

Subject:  In Defense of Gen. George B. McClellan

Presenter:  John Sandy

Any member of our organization who has been with us for more than a few months knows that John Sandy believes that George McClellan has gotten a bad rap from historians.  At our November meeting, John had the opportunity to present his case in an orderly fashion — and he made some excellent points.  He presented plausible explanations for some of the well known raps against McClellan: ignoring Lincoln when Abe come to call; not following up at Antietam; and the failure of the Peninsula Campaign.

Interestingly enough, John omitted the one defense that rings very true in today’s political environment: McClellan was a democrat and Lincoln and the majority of congress were Republicans.

2015 Spring Outing

Thanks to organizers John Sandy and Franco Sperrazzo, our spring outing went smoothly and was a success.  We convened on Saturday, May 30 at Hiram College and proceeded into the library where Archivist Jennifer Morrow showed us images of some of their Civil War items and provided interesting stories of the people and events associated with those items.  Next, we moved to a building that is the duplicate of one James Garfield attended and spoke at, where Professor Doug Brattebo told us about the “James A. Garfield Institute for Study of the American Presidency”.  We finished the morning with a tour of Fairview Cemetery with Professor Arlene Hilfiger.  Ms. Hilfiger is very familiar with the cemetery and the lives of the people who are buried there, in particular, the veterans of the 42nd OVI and two of the Garfield children.  She kept us all interested and would have continued to do so had we not run out of time.

We then traveled to Garrettsville and lunch at the Main Street Grill and Brewing Company.  The food and beer were tasty, the company was good, and the location picturesque.  The restaurant sits on the edge of a canyon carved by the Cuyahoga River, with a water fall in sight.  The building was a mill originally and still has much of its workings.  It was a fitting location for a day dedicated to history.

Our thanks to John and Franco for putting together an excellent outing.

Summer Golf Outings

Our first golf outing was such a success that John Sandy organized a second one on Friday, September 25, again held at Pine Ridge Country Club.  Play was shortened this time to nine holes and score keeping was more casual (read non-existent with one group), but everyone seemed to have a good time and enjoy the beautiful late summer weather.  Once again, our thanks to John for organizing the event.

Latest Courier

We have, in my opinion, one of the best round table newsletters around – thanks to the many contributors and, especially, to the editors.  John Sandy set the bar when he took over.  Carl Dodero, with John’s assistance, carried the level of excellence forward.  Now, Becky Byrne has taken over as editor and is maintaining the level of excellence we have come to expect.

Due to some technical problems, the last few Couriers have not yet been added to our we site.  Click below for the March issue or the “News Letters” link above to read earlier issues.

Lunchtime Series:  Major Battles of the Civil War

John Sandy will give the inaugural presentation of the next series of talks

This series of talks has been so successful that the Mentor Public Library and James A. Garfield Historical Site have decided to continue the talks into 2016.  Rather than relying on battles, the emphasis has been switched to personalities.  Our own John Sandy will inaugurate this new theme with Major General George B. McClellan.  General McClellan is certainly an interesting personality, and John is sure to bring some balance to the story of the much maligned McClellan.

All presentations are held the second Wednesday of each month at noon in the James A. Garfield Community Room of the Mentor Public Library.  Talks are scheduled to last about one hour.  Attendees are invited to bring their bag lunches.

Other Web Sites of Interest

Western Reserve Historical Society:  Our club has acquired a group membership in the Western Reserve Historical Society.  Located in University Circle, the Civil War archive of books and photographs hs been toured and admired by many of our guest speakers.  It is one of the best collections in the country.  They also own and run Hale Farm and Village.  Their web site is:  www.wrhs.org.
The Ohio Historical Society has a web site dedicated to Ohio activities related to the Civil War sesquicentennial.  That web site is:  www.ohiocivilwar150.org.
The James A. Garfield National Historic Site (Lawnfield) is sponsoring a lunchtime series on Major Battles of the Civil War at the Mentor Public Library.  Their web site, a portion of the National Park System site, is http://www.nps.gov/jaga.

6 Responses to “Home”

  1. I came across your Civil War Round Table and thought you might be interested in a true story about an 82nd Ohio soldier told in the first person in dramatic form. The ebook is written with a discussion guide for Civil War Round Tables and you may want to check it out.

    Hiram’s Honor: Reliving
    Private Terman’s Civil War, ISBN 978-0615-27812-4.
    Hiram’s Honor can be examined at http://www.amazon.com/Hirams-Honor-Reliving-Private-Termans/dp/0615278124/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239221935&sr=8-1


    The unique thing about this book is that I assume the identity of my ancestor in all of his battles and prison misery. It was quite a challenge to match every detail that actually happened (dairies, letters, first-hand accounts) with a first person dramatized and riveting story of how I would have reacted in his situation. Best wishes in your work.

  2. Dave Krueger says:

    Greetings from Delafield, Wisconsin, Birthplace of Lt. Alonzo Cushing. Just a quick update on the Medal of Honor. Although it was widely reported that the Secretary of the Army had approved the nomination, the process is still ongoing. The Secretary of Defense has not yet made his recommendation. Additionally, the President would still have to sign off. I would be happy to keep you updated if the situation changes.
    Best Regards
    Dave Krueger
    Delafield, WI

  3. George Richards says:

    I’m very interested in your group. May non-members attend meetings?

    Many thanks,
    George Richards

  4. admin says:

    George — yes, non-members may attend. Because we take the summer off, our next meeting is not until Sepetember 11. Closer to the meeting date, make a reservation (see above) and look me, Tom Horvath, up at the meeting. I’ll be glad to introduce you to some of our members. Meanwhile, you may be interested in the symposium being held at Lawnfield on July 13, also described above.

  5. Hello NEOCWRT. My name is Jonathan Hennessey. I am author of a new Civil War nonfiction graphic novel from HarperCollins. I would like to let members of your group know I will be doing a reading from my book at 6 pm Thursday, August 8 at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on Medina Road in Akron.

    THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS: A GRAPHIC ADAPTATION (www.graphicgettysburg.com) is a bold and innovative use of the comics medium. It uses the words from Lincoln’s iconic speech to tell the “whole story of the Civil War, 1776 – The Present.” I will be presenting a chapter of the book mostly examining the Confederacy’s legal case for secession, Lincoln’s counterargument, and how both the language of both the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence informed those two different positions. I will be projecting still and animated segments of the book on a movie screen.

    Kirkus Reviews called the book, “Engaging, provocative and deftly nuanced. … This second collaboration by Hennessey and McConnell again finds them probing the implications of history through incisive analysis and compelling art.”

    Library Journal hailed it as, “An excellent work. … Not a simplification but a detailed and nuanced analysis of Lincoln’s famous speech.”

    Thank you for your consideration!

    All best,

    Jonathan Hennessey

  6. Scott Mingus says:

    Thanks for the invitation to speak at the CWRT again. My topic this year will be Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith: From Virginia’s Statehouse to Gettysburg Scapegoat.

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