By , March 6, 2010

Our Guiding Principles

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

Next Meeting: April 14, 2015


Presenter: Judge Paul Mitrovich

  •  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: 

Topic: Women in the Civil War

Presenter: Mary Louise Daley

2015 Spring Outing

Arrangements are coming together for our 2015 Spring Outing.  We will tour Hiram College on Saturday, May 30.  In case you’ve forgotten, Hiram is where James Garfield taught and organized the 42nd OVI.  As part of our tour, we will have a presentation on the 42nd OVI and tour their archives at the Hiram Library.
Lunch will be at the nearby Welshfield Inn.
Current intention is to offer the tour to the Friends of James A. Garfield, who have an obvious interest in Hiram.
Cost and further details will be published as they are settled.

Civil War Symposium – 2014 

This marks our third year co-operating with the folks at James A. Garfield National Historic Site to present a Civil War symposium to lead into their Civil War encampment.  This year, the lead speaker was one of their reenactors, General Ulysses S. Grant.  After a brief break for refreshments, provided by our organization, our own Arlan Byrne and his daughter Becky presented Cavalry in the Civil War.  This is not the first talk they have done together, nor is this the first time they have given this talk (see below).  As usual, they did an excellent job providing information with humor.  Arlan also manages to provide an advertisement for local historical societies.

This has proven to be an excellent opportunity to showcase some of our speakers and we hope the program continues next year.

Arlan Byrne presents The Battle of Nashville as part of the Great Battles of the Civil War series

As part of the “Great Battles of the Civil War” series, long-time member Arlan Byrne and his daughter, Becky,  presented The Battle of Nashville.  This is the second time Arlan and Becky have presented at the Mentor Library.  Once again, their teamwork kept the talk moving and the audience attentive.
It was with some trepidation that Arlan included the adventure of the Nashville prostitutes.  Herded onto a river boat by Union command because venereal disease was taking a toll on the troops, the hundred or more women sailed for Kentucky, where city officials met the boat and kept the ladies from debarking.  The scene was repeated at several other cities before the captain sailed back to Nashville where the women were finally allowed to return to land.
Arlan’s concern was unfounded.  The audience seemed to enjoy and appreciate this sidelight to Civil War history.
Arlan always seems to find the interesting and/or humorous aspects of any topic, which I appreciate.  Well done, Arlan, Becky, and John!

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, our newest member, Becky Byrne has taken over as editor and, judging by the first edition, is maintaining the level of excellence and improvement we have come to expect.  Click below to read the latest issue.

Lunchtime Series:  Major Battles of the Civil War

The presentations are held the second Wednesday of each month at noon in the James A. Garfield Community Room of the Mentor Public Library.  The next presentation is The Road to Appamattox.  It will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at noon.  (Note that this month’s presentation is the week before our meeting, rather than the day after.)

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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