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, November 13, 2018 

Subject: Armistice Day

Presenter: John Moser, Professor of History

John Moser is Professor of History at Ashland University, where he teaches courses on modern European, American, and East Asian history. He is also co-chair of Ashland’s Master of Arts in American History and Government degree program. John did his undergraduate work at Ohio University, and has an MA and PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published numerous works on subjects ranging from comic books to Japanese foreign policy. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which is The Global Great Depression and the Coming of World War II, which was published by Routledge in 2014. John lives in Ashland, Ohio, with his wife, Monica, their daughter Stanzi, and their three dogs. As a member of the Ohio Garrison of the 501st Legion, he dresses in the uniform of an imperial officer from Star Wars for charity events and other appearances.

  • 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: Cleveland’s Sacred Landmarks

Presenter: Tim Barrett, Historian

Tim Barrett has to know more about the historic churches of Cleveland than anyone else alive.  He led us through an extensive survey of the many churches and synagogues, past and present, in the Cleveland area.  Some have been demolished or destroyed by fire or storm.  Some are used for other purposes. 
What makes the survey so interesting is the way Tim ties the architecture and design of the interior and exterior of those buildings to the religious attitudes and thoughts of the period.  He taught us to notice differences: pointed versus rounded arches; center versus side aisles; symmetric structure versus asymmetric; and how those differences reflected the thoughts and attitudes of the people who built them. 
And, of course, those people are always interesting.  Tim had numerous anecdotes about those involved, from artisan to bishop.
Nothing makes a speaker more interesting than a true love of their subject, and Ted has that in spades.  His amazing knowledge and deep love of his subject make his talks highly interesting, enlightening, and entertaining.

Schedule of Programs

  • January 9
    • Faces of the Civil War
    •  Jean Rhodes, Cleveland CWRT
  • February 13
    • No Money, No Beer, No Pennants
    • Scott Longert, Author & former member
  • March 13
    • Irish in the Civil War
    • Ted Karle, member
  • April 10
    • Backstage at Ford’s Theater
    • Speaker: Thomas Bogar, Author
  • May 8
    • Your Affectionate Son” : Found Letters from a Civil War Soldier
    • Milann Daugherty, Author
  • September 11
    • Civil War Art
    • Keith Rocco, Artist
  • October 9
    • Cleveland History
    • Tim Barrett, Historian
  • November 13
    • Armistice Day
    • John E. Moser, Professor of History
  • December 11
    • Christmas in Cleveland
    • Western Reserve Historical Society


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 next program will be held on Wednesday, November 13.  It is entitled Now We Can Look Back Upon the Scene: Cycloramas as Art, Entertainment, and Memorial.  By the last decades of the 19th century, Americans were ready to look back at their shared experience of Civil War.  A new theatrical field—the cyclorama—allowed people to witness the war in a way no parade or monument could.  Learn about battlefield cycloramas and the amazing ability they had to put people in the center of the defining experience of their lives.

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

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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