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, December 13, 2016 

Subject:  Wartime Christmas Songs

Presenter:  Mary Lintern and Alan Gephardt

Alan Gephardt is a ranger at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.  Mary Lintern is a member of our group as well as being a ranger.  Their subject will be Wartime Christmas Songs — and attendees will be encouraged to sing along.

This is our holiday meeting, so members are encouraged to bring along a guest to enjoy our special holiday meal and an entertaining program of Christmas songs.

  • 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.  Contact Mike Sears at 440-257-3956 or email mikeanddonnas@roadrunner.com.  



Last Meeting: 

Subject: The Warren Commission Report, 50 Years Later

Presenter:  Judge C. Ellen Connally, Ret.

Judge Connally began by reviewing previous assassination attempts on our presidents.  In each case prior to Kennedy, circumstances provided closure for the public.  The death of Lee Harvey Oswald prevented public review of the evidence through a trial and left the door open for speculation.  Lyndon Johnson’s creation of the Warren Commission was his attempt to provide an impartial review of the facts and determine if Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

She then gave some background on Chief Justice Earl Warren, the reluctant head of the Commission.  The Chief Justice had an excellent background for the job, but felt that it was not appropriate for the judiciary to take on such a role.  That fact that he did is another example of LBJ’s ability to persuade.

Judge Connally then reviewed what the Commission did and found.  In the process, she showed how the evidence they gathered discredits  the speculation and conspiracy theories that have been put forward.  She concluded that the Commission had done a thorough job and that their conclusion that Oswald had acted alone was well-supported by facts.

Judge Connally did an excellent job.  Her presentation was well organized, flowed very well, and backed her conclusions.

Spring Outing

Our Spring Outing took place on Saturday, May 21.  Member Paul Siedel created and led a three-hour tour of Cleveland sites with Civil War connections, including Woodland Cemetery.  Paul provided a wealth of information during the tour, which he handled very well.

Lunch followed at Merwin’s Wharf Restaurant with its fine food.  Merwin’s Wharf is located in Merwin’s Landing, the small metropark right on the Cuyahoga River.

Summer Symposium

Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 were the dates for this year’s Civil War encampment at James A. Garfield National Historical Site and the accompanying Civil War Symposium.  Featured speaker this year was John C. Fazio, author, speaker, and member of the Cleveland Round Table.  His talks were followed by a panel discussion turned Civil War quiz contestant featuring members of the James A. Garfield NHS staff and our own round table.  Member and semi-retired Judge Mitrovich served as moderator.

Lunchtime Series:  Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War

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, this year the emphasis has been switched and the title of the series changed to Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War.

December’s presentation is on Wednesday, December 15: Lee’s Old War Horse: General James Longstreet.  Longstreet was Lee’s right hand man for much of the Civil War. Yet after the war, many former Confederates came to despise Longstreet. Learn more about his Civil War years and long postwar life!

Note that this talk is on the third Wednesday of the 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.

Civil War Encore at the Mentor Library

Dave Lintern and Scott Longert, both frequent speakers at the Mentor Library Lunchtime Civil War series and members of our round table, have begun another series of talks, this time in the evening.  Initially, the talks are reprises of presentations Dave or Scott gave at the lunchtime series, now provided at a time more people can attend.  The next presentation, Seven Days to Appomattox, April 2-9, 1865, is Thursday, December 15.  The talks are held in the Garfield Room on the lower level of the Mentor Library, on the Thursday after the lunchtime series (usually the second, but in this case the third, Thursday) at 6:30 PM, and are free and open to the public.

Dave and Scott are excellent presenters and the later time provides an opportunity for those who cannot attend the lunchtime series or who missed some of the talks to hear them.  Members of our group who have a talk they would like to present at this series are encouraged to contact Dave or Scott.


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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