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, February 14, 2023

Subject: Meaning and Origins of Juneteenth

Presenter: Judge Charles Patton

I believe Juneteenth is the newest federal holiday. Although it was celebrated previously by a number of states, most notably Texas where it has been celebrated since 1980, it only became a Federal holiday in 2021. Like many others in our area, I had not heard of Juneteenth until it was to become a federal holiday.

Judge Patton will provide us with the meaning and history of our new holiday. The little knowledge I have leads me to believe this will be an interesting story.

  • 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: Notables Buried at Woodlands Cemetery

Presenter: Michelle A. Day, Member

It was apparent to anyone listening to Michelle Day that she is dedicated to improving Woodland Cemetery and is enthused about the progress she and the people she has gathered have made, in physical improvements, in increasing awareness and interest in the cemetery through activities and monuments, and in increased knowledge about the people who are or have been buried there.

Her enthusiasm was apparent throughout her presentation and gave an element of energy that held our interest. Perhaps most interesting were the stories of the individuals or groups who were buried there. One fascinating example was the story of the deceased members of the Chinese community who lived in Cleveland some time ago. They were buried in Woodland Cemetery only until their community could raise enough funds to disinter them and send them back to China where their spirit could be fully at peace.

It was Michelle’s enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge about the people buried at Woodland that kept her presentation lively and interesting.

2022 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
    • Black War
      • Presenter: John Fazio

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. February’s program will take place on Wednesday, February 8, at 12 noon in the Village Room of the Main Library building and is titled Warrior to White House: Civil War Veterans as President of the United States.

Being a military veteran is not an official requirement to be President of the United States, but after the Civil War six different veterans of uniformed service during that conflict were elected to the nation’s highest office.  This program will take a look at those Civil War veterans and how their military service impacted their personal and political lives, their campaigns, and their presidencies.  This is a perfect talk for the month that includes Presidents’ Day!   

The presenter is Todd Arrington of the 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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