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 14, 2021 

This is our holiday celebration. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.

Subject:  Civil War Christmas

Presenter:  Allison Powell

Allison Powell is a National Park ranger at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Her subject, very appropriate for the season, is Christmas during the Civil War. Allison, like all National Park rangers, is well practiced as a presenter and is sure to give an informed and polished presentation.

  • 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:  President and Mrs. Lincoln

Presenters:  John and Marian King

First person presentations are more personal and more immediate. John and Marian King began their story shortly after their son Willy died. He was the second child they lost, but his passing hit them even harder than the first. After a period, President Lincoln was forced to set his sorrow aside for portions of the day to address the Civil War and all in entailed. Mary Lincoln did not, and she carried her sorrow with her the rest of her time in the White House. She did, however, find relief in visiting military hospitals and hosting a discussion group.

The presentation progressed to April 12 and ended with the President and Mrs. Lincoln heading arm in arm to Ford’s Theater.

Schedule of Speakers for 2021

  • January 12
    • The Bixby Letter
    • Presenter:  Howard Taub
  • February 9
    • The Battle of Irish Bend
    • Presenter: Paul Siedel, Secretary
  • March 9
    • ‘Pray for the Oblivion of his Memory’; Frederick Douglass on the Legacy of Robert E. Lee
    • Presenter: Codie Eash
  • April 13
    • Field of Dreams
    • Presenter: Dwier Brown
  • May 11
    • Andersonville and Captain Henry Wirz
    • Presenter: Dr. Daniel Cudnik
  • September 7
    • The Last Lincoln Republican
    • Presenter:  Todd Arrington
  • October 12
    • In Memorium
    • Presenter: Ted Karle 
  • November 9
    • President & Mrs. Lincoln
    • Presenters: John and Marion King
  • December 14
    • Civil War Christmas
    • Presenter: Allison Powell


  • January 11
    • McClellan after Antietam
    • Presenter: John Sandy, member
  • February 8
    • General ‘Jack’ Casement
    • Presenter: David Lintern
  • March 8
    • Ohio Units at Antietam
    • Presenter: Dan Welch
  • April 12
    • Underground Railroad
    • Presenter: Dorothy Salem
  • May 10
    • Seeing the Elephant
    • Presenter: Tom Harvey


Lunchtime Series:  Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War

These talks normally take place on the second Wednesday of the month and are back to in-person presentations.

December’s presentation will take place on Wednesday, December 8, at 12 noon in the Village Room of the Main Library building and is titled Wartime Christmas Songs.

The presenters are Mary Lintern and Alan Gephardt, whom we have had the pleasure of seeing in previous years.

 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 thoughts on “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. 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. I’m very interested in your group. May non-members attend meetings?

    Many thanks,
    George Richards

  4. 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. 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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