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 13, 2022

Note: This is our holiday meeting. Partners are invited and encouraged to attend.

Subject: U.S. Grant

Presenter: Dr. Curt Fields

A few years back, I accompanied my son on a trip to southwestern Ohio to visit two of U.S. Grant’s boyhood homes and to hear a lecture by Ed Bearss. Ed had a problem and was unable to make the trip. Instead, we got to hear Dr. Curt Fields as U.S. Grant. We were not disappointed. Dr. Fields gave an excellent talk, providing insight into General Grant’s character and life – and he did it with humor and wit. His knowledge is extensive and he has the ability to present Grant entertainingly.

I am sure you will enjoy this presentation and learn more about Grant in the process. Join us. It will be time well spent.

  • 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: Life and Times of George McClellan

Presenters: John Sandy, Past-president

John stuck primarily with the military life of George McLellan, beginning with his entry into West Point at the young age of 15. He graduated 2nd in his class and served bravely and well in the Mexican-American War. He was sent with a two other officers to observe the tactics and battles of the Crimean War and reported back with an extensive report. After leaving the service, he led a successful and lucrative business career as a railroad executive, that he gave up to serve in the Civil War.

It was in the Civil War that the more controversial portion of McClellan’s career began. McClellan was a Democrat. The mostly Republican Congress and administration were less likely to look kindly on him, but in the early stages of the war, victories for the North were almost non-existent. McClellan’s name became associated with two battles in West Virginia that the North won, though he had little or nothing to do with the victores, and the reputation he gained there vaulted him to the command of the Union armies.

While McClellan trained and drilled his mostly volunteer army and acquired appropriate supplies, there was no action and no victories — both greatly desired by the public and the politicians. He began his fighting with a massive campaign on the Virginia peninsula that failed to reach its goal of capturing Richmond. John skipped forward, then, to Antietam where McClellan succeeded in driving Lee from the field of battle. But, by then, it was too late for McClellan, and his detractors focused on the chance to destroy Lee’s army that they felt McClellan had missed. This virtually ended McClellan’s military career and John’s presentation.

Summer Activities

Memorial Day Ceremony

Another Memorial Day

It was a Glorious morning, the sun was in full display, and the Willoughby sky was azure and deep.

The American Legion speaker hit all the requisite chords to touch a patriot’s soul.

The Band from Willoughby South hit all their notes with precision and grace, 

“America the Beautiful” and the “Star-Spangled Banner” echoed through the trees and among the headstones.

Squirrels take pause to note the proceedings while Bluejays and Blackbirds reconnoiter the sod,

 searching for a discarded candy wrapper or the last of the maple seeds.

The Honor Guard raise their M14s to fire three volleys that crack the stillness, and send a young Black Lab into panic!

Two lads from the band play the all too familiar Tattoo that follows every last call to the gravesite of the fallen.

Two F35s thunder above in the traditional “broken formation” before a cup of ice coffee with my comrades at Fiona’s. 

— John Sandy

Summer Symposium

  • Friday, July 8, 2022
  • James A. Garfield NHS, Carriage House Auditorium
  • Social time at 6 PM
  • Presentations:
    • The Garfield Trail
      • Presenter: Tim Garfield
    • Debate of Disposition of Confederate Memorials and Statues
      • Debaters: John Fazio and Mel Maurer

Schedule of Speakers for 2022 and 2023


  • September 13, 2022
    • 25th Anniversary Celebration
    • Presenter: Dale Fellows
  • October 11, 2022
    • Confederate Memorials Debate
    • Presenters: John C. Fazio and Mel Maurer
  • November 8, 2022
    • Life and Times of George McClellan
    • Presenter: John Sandy
  • December 13, 2022
    • U.S. Grant
    • Presenter: Dr. Curt Fields


  • January 10, 2023
    • Notables Buried at Woodland Cemetery
    • Presenter: Michelle A. Day
  • February 14, 2023
    • Meanings and Origins of Juneteenth
    • Presenter: Judge Charles Patton
  • March 14, 2023
    • The New York City Draft Riots
    • Presenter: Judge William Vodrey
  • April 11, 2023
    • Civil War Soldiers in Cuyahoga County
    • Presenter: Dennis Keating
  • May 9, 2023
    • Gen. Irvin McDowell
    • Presenter: Gene Schmeil

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 program will take place on Wednesday, December 14, at 12 noon in the Village Room of the Main Library building and is titled Christmas Music of the Victorian Era.

The Victorian era spanned from 1837 to 1901, including the years of the American Civil War. To get into the holiday spirit, join a sing-along of some of the era’s most beautiful and cherished Christmas songs, including some from the Civil War years!

This is a chance to hear and enjoy some of the music that enlived our holiday meeting in 2016.

SPEAKERS: Mary Lintern and Alan Gephardt, James A. Garfield NHS.

 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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