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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.