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 May 10, 2022

Subject:  Answering Lincoln’s Call (note program change)

Presenter:  Dr. Tom Harvey

Dr. Tom Harvey is retired Associate Professor of Finance at Ashland University. He has always been fascinated by the history of the United States and was grateful to have the opportunity to study it in detail while researching and writing his first book, Seeing the Elephant: One Man’s Return to the Horrors of the Civil War.

His new book, and our May program, is about Mortimer D. Leggett. At the onset of the war, Leggett was a lawyer and Superintendent of the Zanesville City Schools. He used his prominence in the city to form the 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry regiment in October, 1861. In January, 1862, with no military experience, he took command of the regiment.

Under his command, the 78th saw action at Shiloh, Champion Hill, Vicksburg, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, the March to the Sea, and northward through the Carolinas. The 78th was present at Bennett Place in rural Durham Station, NC for Johnston’s surrender and at the Grand Review in May, 1865.

Leggett’s progressed up the ranks of the Union Army: from Lt. Colonel to Brevet Major General. His is the story of an ordinary American who, for love of his country and with an unending faith in God, did some extraordinary things with little or no training. His story is representative of thousands of others, both Confederate and Union who fought in the war. For the most part they remain nameless, which is why the story of Mortimer Leggett is important.

Dr. Harvey was born and raised in Cleveland Heights. He graduated from Hillsdale College with a BA in English, from Case Western Reserve University with an MBA in Finance, and from Cleveland State University with a doctorate in management and strategy. He and his wife, Paula, reside in Cleveland Heights.

  • 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 $30.00 (please note price increase) for an excellent family-style dinner and speaker.  Cash bar.
  • Reservations are required.  Email Franco Sperrazzo at francomichael2414@yahoo.com.

Last Presentation   

Subject:  The Underground Railroad

Presenter:  Dorothy Salem

Dr. Salem contends that Cleveland is underrated as to its importance in the underground railroad. It seems to be overshadowed by Oberlin, which is widely known for its more sensational role. Yet, Cleveland was known in underground railroad code as Hope City.

Cleveland welcomed escaped slaves. They stayed, worked, and lived openly — creating new lives for themselves. After the enactment of the Fugitive Slave Law, when federal law made aiding escaped slaves illegal, Clevelanders protested and continued to secretly serve as a safe haven to those newly arrived and those who had already established Cleveland as their home.

Ms. Salem’s presentation produced much new information and made a strong case for her premise that Cleveland was an important station in the ungerground railroad. It was an interesting talk that enlightened most of the attendees to Cleveland’s role in aiding many escaped slaves in establishing a new life here or in sailing on to the safey of Canada.

Schedule of Speakers for 2021 and 2022

  • January 12, 2021
    • The Bixby Letter
    • Presenter:  Howard Taub
  • February 9 , 2021
    • The Battle of Irish Bend
    • Presenter: Paul Siedel, Secretary
  • March 9, 2021
    • ‘Pray for the Oblivion of his Memory’; Frederick Douglass on the Legacy of Robert E. Lee
    • Presenter: Codie Eash
  • April 13, 2021
    • Field of Dreams
    • Presenter: Dwier Brown
  • May 11, 2021
    • Andersonville and Captain Henry Wirz
    • Presenter: Dr. Daniel Cudnik
  • September 7, 2021
    • The Last Lincoln Republican
    • Presenter:  Todd Arrington
  • October 12, 2021
    • In Memorium
    • Presenter: Ted Karle 
  • November 9, 2021
    • President & Mrs. Lincoln
    • Presenters: John and Marion King
  • December 14, 2021
    • Civil War Christmas
    • Presenter: Allison Powell


  • January 11, 2022
    • General ‘Jack’ Casement
    • Presenter: David Lintern, past-president
  • February 8, 2022
    • Blacks in the Civil War
    • Presenter: Ted Karle
  • March 8, 2022
    • Ohio Units at Antietam
    • Presenter: Dan Welch
  • April 12, 2022
    • Underground Railroad
    • Presenter: Dorothy Salem
  • May 10, 2022
    • Answering Lincoln’s Call
    • 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.

May’s program will be presented by our own Debbie Weinkamer. It will take place on Wednesday, May 11, at 12 noon in the Village Room of the Main Library building and is titled At the Home Front with Mrs. Lucretia Rudolph Garfield

Debbie will perform a first person presentation as Lucretia Rudolph Garfield as she recounts family stories about life in Hiram, Ohio while her husband and brothers served in the army.

 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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