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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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.
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