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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, April 9, 2019 

Subject:  The Battle of the Crater, a Perfect Hell of Blood

Presenters:  A. Wilson Greene

Will Greene is an author, lecturer, battlefield guide, and former Executive Director of Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier.   He holds a BA in history from Florida State and an MA in history from Louisiana State.  His Civil War knowledge is deep and his achievements so extensive that I simply refer you to Wikipedia for the particulars.

Just as important to us, Will Greene has addressed our group on two previous occasions.  Most recently, in October of 2015, he presented McClellans First Campaign in Wester Virginia, 1861.  His presentation in November of 2006, Petersburg: Confederate City in the Crucible of War was voted favorite presentation 0f 2006 by our founders.  

It is a pleasure to welcome Will Greene back to our round table for what is sure to be another excellent presentation about a tragic and memorable event of the war.

  • 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 President David Lintern at davelintern@rwsidley.com 

 Last Meeting:   

Subject: Letters from the Front

Presenter: Debbie Weinkamer and Dan McGill, member

Granted, Dan McGill and Debbie Weinkamer were able to select from a large number of letters, but I suspect the letters they chose were typical.  They showed that, in dealing with each other, James and Lucretia Garfield showed more concern for their family life than with the war.  They revealed little about Garfield’s military life and showed how much the couple resembled other married couples with a young child.  The child is the center of their life and impacts everything, including their own relationship.

The presentation was an interesting change from our usual scholarly look at a person or battle.  It was more like a short play with a story line, character revelation, and drama.  It was very entertaining and revealing.  As expected, it revealed more about the Garfields as people than most histories.  And because the content was their letters, it was non-fiction or, at least, history as they saw it. 

Schedule of Programs

Please note the variance in February and October’s programs from the printed schedule.

  • January 9
    • Civil War and Current Events Challenge
    •  Past-presidents John Sandy and Franco Sperrazzo
  • February 12
    • Kate Chase, Civil War Belle of the North and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal
    • Norton London, founder
  • March 12
    • Letters from the Front
    • Debbie Weinkamer and Dan McGill, member
  • April 9
    • The Battle of the Crater, a Perfect Hell of Blood
    • Speaker: A. Wilson Greene
  • May 14
    • Organized Crime
    • Allan May, Author
  • September 10
    • Stonewall Jackson at Second Manassas
    • Henry P. Elliot, National Park Ranger
  • October 8
    • The Andrews Raid
    • Tom Horvath, Jr. & Sr., members
  • November 12
    • Deconstructing the Gettysbur Address
    • Todd Arrington, Ph.D., Site Manager of James A. Garfield National Historic Site
  • December 10
    • Civil War Music
    • Steve and Lisa Ball

 

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 National Historic Site have decided to continue them.   Rather than relying on battles, the emphasis has been switched and the title of the series changed to Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War.

The April talk will be on the 10th and the topic will be The Lincoln Assassination.  It is an encore of a 2015 presentation. 

These talks normally take place on the second 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.

2018 Spring Outing

This year’s spring outing was on Saturday, June 9th.  We visited Oberlin and toured some of the historic sites around their pleasant campus.  After an excellent lunch at the Black River Cafe, we visited the 103rd OVI property in Sheffield Lake.  This fascinating location was purchased by surviving members of the 103 OVI to use as a site for their annual reunions.  Over time, permanent housing was created for those looking for more comfort than tents could provide.  Eventually, some descendants took up year-round residence and today there are a number of houses owned by direct descendants, who are the only people allowed to own houses there.  We explored their small museum, old barracks, and photo gallery.  It is a unique arrangement and an interesting place to visit.

Civil War Symposium

Our 7th annual Civil War Symposium was held on Friday, July 20th.  Speakers this year were National Park Service Rangers and historians Dan Vermilya and Matt Atkinson.  Dan took a closer, deeper look at General George McClellan and made a good case for moderating the criticism heaped on McClellan — at least for his performance at Antietam. Matt Atkinson’s talk was triggered by excavations and research into an early Union field hospital.  He used that as a springboard to talk about the advances made in medical treatment of the troops, especially in the field.  Notable among the advances was the introduction of triage.  Both gentlemen were well versed in their topics and provided new information and insights.

 

 Other Web Sites of Interest


ξWestern 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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