2019 CWI Conference

For over 35 years, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has hosted an annual summer conference bringing leading historians and public audiences together for battlefield tours, small group discussions, lectures, and roundtable conversations about the Civil War era. Sessions, lodging, and meals are held on the 200-acre college campus.  You can explore further details about our conference on our website<https://www.gettysburg.edu/cwi/conference/>, as well as check out our schedule for this year’s event.<https://www.gettysburg.edu/cwi/conference/schedule.dot>

The 2019 CWI Conference will feature a wide range of additional topics, including the 1864 Atlanta campaign, the political crisis of the 1850s, Civil War artifacts, Nat Turner’s Rebellion, the demobilization of Lee’s army, and more.  2019 promises to be a blockbuster year of CWI speakers.  We are thrilled to feature eminent Civil War scholars, Gary W. Gallagher, Ed Ayers, and Carol Reardon within our line-up of over 35 distinguished speakers and tour guides.

In addition to touring the Gettysburg battlefield, participants will have the opportunity to visit a variety of other nearby battlefields and historic sites on tours that will explore Antietam northern Virginia’s Mosby country, Stonewall Jackson’s leadership at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, and more. This conference will continue the Saturday evening tours (just added to this summer’s conference) of the Gettysburg battlefield and town, as well as both “lunch-in” and “dine-in” discussions with CWI faculty. The 2019 conference will offer something for everyone, from longtime students of the Civil War to those who are new to Civil War history.

2018 CWRT Congress

Sustaining and growing CWRTs is the focus of the CWRT Congress.  Last year, we held a very successful symposium hosted by the Bull Run CWRT in Centreville, VA.  (To read what attendees had to say, click this link: http://www.pscwrt.org/activities/CWRT-congress/2017-congress.html
 
This year, the congress will be held in Harrisburg, PA hosted by the National Civil War Museum with assistance from the Harrisburg CWRT.  The agenda this year is much expanded to include a reception on Friday, August 17 including a behind the scenes tour of the museum and a presentation by Chris Mackowski on That Furious Struggle: Chancellorsville and the High Tide of the Confederacy.

On Saturday, the congress begins with “takeaways” including enhanced fundraising and speaker recruitment, no cost marketing, preservation and CWRT assistance and social media as the lynchpin to 21st century marketing.  Following the congress, there will be a book signing with eleven Civil War historians and authors, a networking opportunity and dinner at the museum.

On Sunday, Wayne Motts, CEO of the museum and licensed battlefield guide, will be conducting a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield.

To learn more about the 2018 CWRT Congress, to register for the event and to get a discounted rate at a local hotel, click the button below or use the following link: http://www.pscwrt.org/activities/CWRT-congress.html

We hope to see you in August!

Civil War Roundtable Congress Flyer 2018
Confirmed Authors for Book Signing on the afternoon of 18 August 2018

Union Baptist Cemetery–Concert and Lecture

Attached please find the flyer for a Saturday, May 5th concert and lecture to support the preservation of the historic Union Baptist Cemetery. As many of you know, the cemetery was founded in 1864 by the Union Baptist Church, and is the burial site of many African-Americans prominent in Cincinnati history. For example, Powhatan Beatty is buried there, awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery in the 5th U.S. Colored Infantry’s action at Chapin Farm VA in September 1864. See https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8562387/powhatan-beaty .

 

Paul Larue will speak on the work being done to identify veterans of World War I who are buried there. Many of you will remember Paul’s presentation to CCWRT with several of his high school students on their research on African-American Civil War veterans from Ohio that has resulted in the placement of grave markers on many of the previously-unmarked graves of those USCT veterans. An example of Paul’s work in his “retirement” as a teacher is on the US World War I Centennial Commission’s website at http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/ohio-in-ww1-articles/4101-educational-resources-for-teaching-the-service-and-sacrifice-of-african-american-world-war-i-soldiers.html .

Union Baptist Cemetery_Concert 2018 Flyer

Civil War Trust Park Day – Stowe House, April 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Round Table will be working with the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Walnut Hills to support the Civil War Trust’s Park Day event.  Come out and help a local site for a few hours, then engage in more conversation over a meal and libations at a local restaurant.

The object of Park Day is to give some help to the venues that we all enjoy going too so often, but seldom think how much work is needed to keep these sites viable. To this end, we will do our part to spruce up the grounds around the Home to make it more appealing to visitors. As many residents can attest, this has been a rough winter and it has taken its toll on the grounds around the Stowe House and any help will be appreciated.

What are you getting for your efforts?  The Stowe House staff will give us a tour of the home and the grounds.  The first thirty-five participants will receive a Park Day t-shirt.  And you will have the satisfaction of helping this historic site.

We ask that everyone show up at 9:30 a.m., (comfortable clothes are a must – remember, we are going to work first) we will have gloves, trash bags, brooms, sticks for paper pickup, water (if you work up a thirst), and above all eagerness to help make the Stowe House ready for summer visitors.  

There will be a sign-up sheet at the next two meetings and information in the newsletter, The Canister.

Need more info?  Contact Don and Joyce Vogel. 859-360-94565.  Oneparson@nullaol.com or mrsbunny44@nullaol.com

They All Wore a Star In the Fight for the Four-Gun Battery During the Battle of Resaca, Georgia, May 15, 1864

They All Wore a Star
In the Fight for the Four-Gun Battery During the Battle of Resaca, Georgia, May 15, 1864

By Robert G. Miller

Mauvaisterre Publishing LLC

www.TheyAllWoreAStar.com

 

A story of Civil War life and of a little-known battle, written by the soldiers themselves and told in quotes collected and arranged as if in a play by the author.  It is a story of what soldiers endured, intertwined with how officers schemed and why plans go awry.

After Grant had taken Vicksburg and Meade had driven Lee from Gettysburg in July of 1863, Rosecrans and Thomas drove the Confederates out of  Tennessee. But a disastrous defeat at Chickamauga left General Thomas’ army trapped in Chattanooga. Almost overnight Grant and Sherman from the west and Hooker from the east converged on Chattanooga and drove the Rebels out, to spend their winter in Dalton, Georgia.  Then Grant went east  to fight Lee, and Sherman planned a campaign to capture Atlanta. They began in May. Sherman and Thomas flushed the Rebels out of Dalton and cornered them in a two-mile long front facing the junction of two rivers at Resaca, with the intention of breaking up General Joe Johnston’s army and then charging down the railroad to Atlanta.  After a hard fight at the north end of that front, Johnston had a surprise for Sherman.

Pursuit began as soon as it was discovered the entire Rebel army had escaped the trap overnight.  No time for a Court of Inquiry though it was certainly warranted. Now the testimony is in this book, in the writings of 100 witnesses to the fight and its conduct.  Arranged by time, they tell how the day evolved and why it ended as it did.  As in all such events, there are multiple instances of heroism.  At least one of infamy becomes clear as the testimony progresses.

This book began simply because the stories in writings of the soldiers were compelling in their own right, beginning with their enlistment in 1862.  The author was following his great, great grandfather to his death in that battle.  What they felt as they did and saw things of war remains the focus.  But the telling of those experiences needs the context of why, which the soldiers did not always know—except that they were saving the country from ruin.  So the why and how is told, by those involved, in their own writings. And they tell about officers, whose attitudes and abilities were much the reason things turned out as they did.

The author felt he could not tell the story better than the soldiers themselves and adds his own words only to connect and fill in, leaving the reader to better feel what the soldiers were telling, for the most part.  Instances of editorializing are few, but heartfelt. Those who survived the terrible marches in Kentucky at the start of their service then endured freezing nights guarding railroads from guerillas, and eventually made the long march to Chattanooga to prepare for the Atlanta Campaign, knowing some would die in battle. Their first came May 15, 1864 at Resaca, the elephant for many.

All is not dismal, amid their trials and heroics, their humor and wit emerge, often in odd circumstances.  Readers can try, in this book, to get an idea of what life was like for the soldiers in the Civil War.

A native of Morgan County, Illinois, Bob Miller graduated from Jacksonville H.S. in 1959 and is graduate of The University of Tulsa.  

The website has a blog with updates and comments, detailed maps, the bibliography with links to original sources, and links for purchasing the book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. 

Remarkable Civil War Women You Never Knew

I’ll be presenting a talk Remarkable Civil War Women You Never Knew at several public venues in March and May.  The first one is on March 22.  Here is the blurb and the list of venues.   I hope you can make it to one if you are interested.
 
                                                                              Blurb for Remarkable Civil War Women You Never Knew
We’ve heard of Harriet Tubman and Clara Barton, but what about Elizabeth Thorn or Mary Elizabeth Bowser? There are many women whose efforts never made it into the history books we studied in school. These more obscure women each did something noteworthy during the Civil War. Millie Henley of Historical Connections will celebrate Women’s History Month by telling fascinating stories of some of these forgotten women in Remarkable Civil War Women You Never Knew.  At last these ladies will get their due!
 

Thursday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. at Hamilton Lane Library, 300 N. 3rd Street, Hamilton, OH.  

 

Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at North Dearborn Branch Library, 25969 Dole Road, West Harrison, IN.

 

Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Felicity United Methodist Church, 421 W. Walnut Street, Felicity, OH

 

*Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Symmes Safety Center, 8871 Weekly Lane, Symmes Township 45249

 

Millie Henley


Historical Connections
Understanding the Present Through Knowing the Past

The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War’s Legacy is now available for preorder!

A short history of the politics of Reconstruction

In The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War’s Legacy, historian Paul Kahan focuses on the unique political, economic, and cultural forces unleashed by the Civil War and how Grant addressed these issues during his tumultuous two terms as chief executive. A timely reassessment, The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant sheds new light on the business of politics in the decade after the Civil War and portrays an energetic and even progressive executive whose legacy has been overshadowed by both his wartime service and his administration’s many scandals.
Praise for The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant

“Paul Kahan paints a revealing portrait of a man often confounded by the Presidency, but one who shaped it in profound ways. He shrewdly takes us from Reconstruction to America’s Centennial, when Ulysses S. Grant strove to enhance rights for African Americans, strengthen the Union, and maintain the peace—all against the tumultuous backdrop of post-Civil War upheaval, westward expansion, Washington scandals, economic strife, and foreign-affair entanglements. The conventional wisdom is that Grant was a brilliant general and, at best, a mediocre president. Paul Kahan’s book should change your thinking—his Grant is flawed, yes, but someone who, at his core, believed in and fought for the principles of equality and justice.”

—Stephen Puleo, author of American Treasures, The Caning, and Dark Tide

https://www.amazon.com/Pauresidency-Ulysses-S-Grant-Preserving/dp/1594162735/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512148961&sr=8-1&keywords=ulysses+s.+grant+kahan

Activities/Membership Recruitment Meeting

Ten passionate folks attended a meeting today to explore ideas about how to make the Round Table grow.  A variety of topics were discussed, from using ads on Facebook to adding more events to streamlining the meeting format.  From the discussion some immediate steps are being taken:

Create a welcome committee who will ensure that members, especially new ones, are welcomed to the group at our meetings.  

Develop a summer session, perhaps a round table get together to discuss and debate a previously set topic, so that we are engaging members to become more involved and learn more about the war.  Hold this event on a weekend day at a place other than the Drake that is conducive to talk while folks can enjoy food and drinks.

Contact regional groups and sites and cross promote events.

Allow the folks who are not having dinner to participate in the quiz, but only allow those having dinner the chance to win raffle tickets if their table wins.

There were a variety of other topics discussed that will be developed into more long range goals.

Thanks to all who stopped by!