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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 9, 2021 

The Executive Committee has decided that there will be no dinner meeting in February. 

However, we will have an online meeting.

Subject:   The Battle of Irish Bend

Presenter:  Paul Seidel

The Battle of Irish bend took place in western Louisiana on April 13, 1863.  Paul has visited the site of the battle and assures us that, although it is a minor battle, it is very interesting.  That is enough assurance for me.

Details and a link will be sent once that information is established.

  •  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 Presentation   

Subject: The Bixby Letter

Presenter: Howard Taub

This talk centered on the letter, signed by Abraham Lincoln, written to Lydia Parker Bixby at the request of Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew.  At the time, it was believed that Mrs. Bixby had lost five sons in the Civil War.  

History and Howard corrected that misconception.  Mrs. Bixby was, in fact, a Southern sympathizer and probably was just hoping for a larger payout from the government. 

It is also likely that John Hay, and not Lincoln, wrote the letter, even though Lincoln signed it.  Mr. Taub certainly made a strong case for that conclusion.   

Schedule of Speakers for 2021

  • January 12
    • The Bixby Letter
    • Presenter:  Howard Taub
  • February 9
    • The Battle of Irish Bend
    • Presenter: Paul Seidel, Secretary
  • March 9
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  • April 13
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  • May 11
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  • September 7
    • Presenter: 
  • October 12
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  • November 9
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  • December 14
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2020 Spring Outing – to be rescheduled

 

Lunchtime Series:  Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War

These talks normally take place on the second Wednesday of the month, and may now be viewed online.  Register at www.mentorpl.org and click on “Events”.  Registration is required.

January’s  presentation will take place on the second Wednesday, January 13, at 12 noon and is titled The Battle of Mills Spring, January 1862.

The battle of Mills Springs was fought in Wayne and Pulaski Counties, Kentucky, on January 19, 1862 (just nine days after James A. Garfield’s first battle at Middle Creek on Jan. 10).  The Union victory ended an early Confederate offensive in eastern Kentucky.  The Mill Springs battlefield recently became one the of the newest units of the National Park Service: Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument!  Learn more about this lesser-known battle in 2021’s first “Leaders & Legacies” program!  The speaker is Rebecca Hayward of the James A. Garfield NHS. 

2019 Civil War Symposium

Last 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 last year on Saturday, July 6.  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

    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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