Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Subject: West Virginia in the Early Years of the War
Presenter: Tom Horvath, Jr.
This will be the first presentation of member Tom Horvath, Jr.. A teacher by trade, Tom will be well-prepared and comfortable in front of a crowd.
The Western theater in general, and West Virginia, in particular, usually receive less attention than, but a good case can be made that they were more important than the east. The opening of the Mississippi River was hugely important; and keeping the western part of Virginia free so it could rejoin the Union as a separate state was politically important. The early battles in western Virginia were critical to keeping it in the Union camp.
Join us for a look at these important, yet often overlooked battles.
- Canteen at 6:00 PM — Dinner at 6:45 PM
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject: The Sheppard Case
Presenter: Steve Dever
Forty-five years after Marilyn Sheppard was murdered, her son brought suit to try and clear his father’s name. Steve Dever was the lead attorney for Cuyahoga County, defending Dr. Sam’s original conviction. In order to try the case, Attorney Dever and his crew had to learn as much about the crime and the evidence as they could. They were also able to apply 45 years of improved science to the old evidence. The result of their efforts was (effectively) an affirmation of the original verdict.
Probably more important to us, it provided a fascinating look at the judicial process from their perspective. The circus (and there is no better way to describe it) that surrounded the first trial is cited to this day as a primary example of how a trial should not be run. The decision to overturn the first verdict was surely correct. Nonetheless, Mr. Dever makes a good case that the jury came to the correct conclusion: that Sam Sheppard was guilty of the second degree murder of his wife.
Rarely do we get a chance to review a notorious case with a person intimately connected with it. Here, we were able to and the result was a truly fascinating presentation.
Our Spring Outing is scheduled for Saturday, May 21. We will convene at 10:45 at Merwin’s Landing, a small Metropark on the east bank of the Cuyahoga River in the flats, home of Merwin’s Wharf . At 11:00 AM we will take a three hour tour of Cleveland’s Civil War connections, created and led by our own Paul Siedel. Lunch will follow at 2 PM at Merwin’s Wharf. Cost of the tour is $20 per person. (Make checks payable to NEOCWRT, with a memo indicating payment of the spring outing. Lunch is on your own.)
Merwin’s Wharf is a relatively new restaurant right on the Cuyahoga River in the midst of the small metropark. My wife and I visited recently and were very impressed with the food. In addition, it is one of the too few restaurants in Cleveland right on the water. You are almost certain to experience a lake freighter passing an easy throw away.
Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 are the dates for this year’s Civil War encampment at James A. Garfield National Historical Site and the accompanying Civil War Symposium. Once again, we will provide speakers for the symposium. However, rather than hold the symposium on the Friday before the encampment, there will be presentations on Saturday and Sunday. Details will follow as they become available.
Lunchtime Series: Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War
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, this year the emphasis has been switched and the title of the series changed to Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War.
May’s presentation is on Wednesday, June 8: Trying to Be a Radical and Not a Fool: James A. Garfield in the Civil War and Reconstruction.
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.
New Series of Talks at the Mentor Library
Dave Lintern and Scott Longert, both frequent speakers at the Mentor Library Lunchtime Civil War series and members of our round table, have begun another series of talks, this time in the evening. Initially, the talks are reprises of presentations Dave or Scott gave at the lunchtime series, but at a time more people can attend. They are taking the next two summer months off, so the next presentation is Thursday, August 11 and the presentation is The Battle of Cold Harbor, June 1864. The talks are held in the Garfield Room on the lower level of the Mentor Library, on the Thursday after the lunchtime series at 6:30 (usually the second Thursday), and are free and open to the public.
Dave and Scott are excellent presenters and the later time provides an opportunity for those who cannot attend the lunchtime series or who missed some of the talks to hear them. Members of our group who have a talk they would like to present at this series are encouraged to contact Dave or Scott.