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:  Tuesday, February 11, 2020 

Subject:  Chancellorsville

Presenter:  David Lintern, past-president

The Battle of Chancellorsville is often regarded as Lee’s greatest victory.  He faced Joe Hooker, whose army was more than twice the size of Lee’s.  Even so, Lee split his army – an audacious move – and soundly defeated Hooker.  This battle illustrates how knowing your opponent can be more important than knowing the “rules”.

Dave is an exccellent speaker.  His talks are well researched, informative, and usually contain bits of humor.  He has spoken several times at the Mentor Library series of talks presented by the James A. Garfield NHS employees, but this seems to be his first talk to our group.  I’m sure you will enjoy it.

  •  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.  Email Franco Sperrazzo at francomichael2414@yahoo.com.

 Last Meeting:   

Subject: Boston Corbett

Presenter: Paul Siedel, Secretary

The life of Boston Corbett is a strange story with an unknnown ending — making for an interesting talk.  The old saying, “mad as a hatter”, certainly applied to him.  Paul did an excellent job explaining the strange twists and turns in Boston’s life. 

Corbett probably would have disappeared completely from history if he had not been the man credited with killing John Wilkes Booth.  That fact could have led to his court martial because he disobeyed orders in shooting Booth.  Instead, Stanton pardoned that offense and, instead, Corbett bacame a hero in the North and a villain in the South.  It changed his life.

Paul did an excellent job of telling Corbett’s story and finding the unusual and amusing incidents of a very interesting life.

Schedule of Speakers

  • January 14
    • Boston Corbett
    • Presenter: Paul Seidel, Secretary
  • February 11
    • Chancellorsville
    • Dave Lintern, past-president
  • March 10
    • Elizabeth Keckley
    • Cheri Tollivar
  • April 14
    • League Park
    • Kenny Krsolovic
  • May 12
    • Civil War Alternative History
    • William Vodray
  • September 8
    • Michael Kraus
  • October 13
    • George Deutsch
  • November 10
    • Ted Karle, past-president
  • December 8
    • TBD

Lunchtime Series:  Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War

February’s presentation is The Life of Abraham Lincoln, appropriately on February 12, 2020 at 12 noon.   Todd Arrington will reprise this talk originally given in 2013.  

These talks normally take place on the second Wednesday of the month, at noon in the James A. Garfield Community Room of the main branch of the Mentor Public Library.  Talks are scheduled to last about an hour.  Attendees are invited to bring their bag lunches.

2019 Civil War Symposium

This year’s event was a one-act play entitled Lincoln’s Last Debate: A Confrontation at Hampton Roads.  The story line, written by members of the Cleveland Civil War Round Table, envisions a fictional meeting between Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis at a peace conference that actually happend, but which Jefferson Davis did not attend.

The cast included Mel Mauer and John Fazio of the Cleveland Civil War Round Table and our own Norty London.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site Civil War Music Festival

The first Civil War Music Festival presented by the James A. Garfield National Historic Site was held on Saturday, July 6 from 11 AM to 4 PM on the lawn behind Garfield’s home.   Several bands and performers presented era-appropriate music and discussed the role of music in the Civil War armies.  

 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 has 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 James A. Garfield National Historic Site (Lawnfield) is sponsoring a lunchtime series on Leaders and Legacies 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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