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: May 12, 2015

Presenter: Dr. Michael R. Bradley

Dr. Michael R. Bradley is the author of several books on the Civil War, most notably They Rode with Forrest, published in 2012.  He has also published articles in several respected Civil War magazines, including Blue and Gray and North and South.  One of his articles, “In the Crosshairs: Confederate Citizens Targeted for Death by the United States Army”, ruffled a few feathers.

Dr. Bradley was elected Commander of the Tennessee Division of the Sons of Confederate Soldiers in 2006 and received a gubernatorial appointment to the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission in 2010.

Dr. Bradley holds B.A, Bachelor of Divinity, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

Raised in the Alabama-Tennessee region near Fayetteville, Tennessee, he is an ordained minister who was pastor at two churches for a total of 38 years.  He also taught United States History at a junior college for 36 years.  He retired in 2006.

 We welcome Dr. Michael R. Bradley.

  •  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: Justice Delayed: the Road to Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and the Civil Rights Movement

Presenter: Judge Paul Mitrovich

Member and Judge Paul Mitrovich drew from his book of the same name to present a history of slavery and the fight for black civil rights in our country.  He covered a large period of time, selecting important and/or interesting points along the way.  It was a  fascinating journey, and got more interesting as he covered the period leading up to Brown v. the Board of Education.  The Judge’s insight into the workings of the Supreme Court, the earlier case decisions that signaled the end of “separate but equal”, and the fallout from the decision were all new and interesting.

Judge Mitrovich kept the story moving and the audience engaged.  He provided an insight into one of the most significant periods of the Supreme Court as only a jurist can do.

2015 Spring Outing

This year’s spring outing will feature a tour of Hiram College on Saturday, May 30.  In case you’ve forgotten, Hiram is where James Garfield taught and organized the 42nd OVI. College Archivist Jennifer Morrow will begin our outing with a presentation on Garfield’s influence on Hiram and the formation of the 42nd OVI.
Next, Professor Doug Brattebo will tell us about the “James A. Garfield Institute for Study of the American Presidency”.  To finish the morning we will tour Fairview Cemetery with Professor Arlene Hilfiger.  Ms. Hilfiger has a number of fascination stories about members of the 42nd OVI who are buried there.
Lunch will be at the Main Street Grill and Brewing Company at 8148 Main Street in nearby Garrettsville.
After lunch, there will be a panel discussion featuring members of our own organization as well as members of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site staff.
Cost of the morning is $18 and reservations are required.  Lunch is extra.  Guests are welcome.  Contact Franco Sperrazzo at 440-567-2414.
Rendezvous at 9:30 AM at the Hiram College Library.

Summer Golf Outing

At the May meeting, John Sandy will present information about a summer golf outing to be held at Pine Ridge Country Club.  Tentative date is Friday, June 19.  If you cannot attend the May meeting, further information about the outing will be available here as it becomes available.

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 Laws of War.  It will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at noon.  

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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