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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: December 9, 2014

Presenter:  Marian King as Mary Todd Lincoln

As is usual at our December meeting, members are invited to bring guests.  Because of this it is very important to make reservations with Mike Sears as noted below, indicating the number of persons who will attend.

  •  Canteen at 6:00 PM — Dinner at 6:50 PM  
  • Note New Location — 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.  Please indicate the number of persons attending

Last Meeting: November 11, 2014

Topic:  Stand Fast to Union and Old Flag: Re-electing Abe Lincoln, 1864

Presenter:  Todd Arrington

As expected, Todd gave a well structured, informative, and entertaining presentation.  He added a significant amount of new information to our knowledge surrounding the 1864 presidential race.  Perhaps more significantly, he made a good case for questioning the assumption (even by Lincoln) that Lincoln would have lost badly had there not been important Union victories just prior to the election.  He pointed to problems the Democratic party handed to George McClellan, their presidential candidate.  McClellan was a war Democrat, but the party saddled him with a peace-at-any-cost platform.  McClellan boosters had a difficult time meshing their candidate’s views with the platform he ran on.  The platform, in all probability, also robbed McClellan of many votes from the soldiers who, despite their love of Little Mac, could not vote to end a war they and their comrades had already given so much to win.

Putting forth a new twist on established thinking in this way always makes for a thought provoking and stimulating presentation.  Todd did that for us.

Our president, Carl Dodaro, took advantage of our meeting falling on Veterans Day and did something he’d wanted to do for some time: he asked all our veterans to tell us about their service.  They responded with a diverse set of experiences ranging as far back as World War II — and gave all of us an opportunity to thank them for what they did.  Our thanks to our veterans and to Carl for giving us the opportunity to learn more about our compatriots.

2014 Spring Outing

On May 31, a large number of NEOCWRT members and their guests convened at the State Theater for a tour of Playhouse Square, the second largest theater district in the U.S..  We got a behind-the-scenes look at three of the four theaters that comprise this thriving and active cultural center.  These refurbished theaters are fascinating and historic.  We also got a great view of the new twenty-foot chandelier and entry arches that grace the area.

After an excellent lunch at the historic Inn of the Barristers on West 3rd Street, we took the short walk to the Cleveland Police Museum in the Justice Center.  Cleveland has had its share of notorious events and interesting characters, from the unsolved Kingsbury Run murders, also known as the “Torso Killings”, to Eliot Ness, the Prohibition Era, and much more.  This small museum was surprisingly interesting, and it was made even more interesting by our guide, a retired police sergeant whose wit, insight, and selective reverence for “the brass” made for a very enjoyable visit.  He even provided an insider’s understanding and solution to the technically unsolved Torso murders.

It was a very popular and successful spring outing.

Civil War Symposium 

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 Cavalry in the Civil War 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 Cavalry in the Civil War.
This is not the first time Arlan and his daughter have teamed up for a presentation and the repartee between them always adds to the humor.  Their presentations are well researched and informative, and the PowerPoint presentation created by John Sandy and Becky was first class.
Arlan always seems to find the humor in 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 and Carl Dodero.  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 Battle of Nashville on December 10, 2014 at noon in the James A. Garfield Community Room.

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

    Ebook
    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/50674

    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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