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May 2017

Phillip Greenwalt, Everglades NP: Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864

May 18 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216 United States
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The Shenandoah Valley was considered the breadbasket of the Confederacy and was used as the Army of Northern Virginia avenue of invasion as it advanced towards Gettysburg in 1863. Now in the summer of 1864 Union General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant ordered Phil Sheridan sweep the Shenandoah Valley “clean and clear". To lose the valley would mean to lose the state, Stonewall Jackson had once said. That prediction would be put to the test as Sheridan fought with Jubal Early for possession. Historian Phillip Greenwalt will discuss the Shenandoah Valley battles of 1864 and the campaign that ultimately determined the balance of power across the Eastern Theater.

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April 2017

Carleton Young, Pittsburgh, PA: Voices From the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War

April 20 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216 United States
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Imagine clearing out your family attic and finding an old wooden box jammed with hundreds of letters written during the Civil War. You soon discover they are written by two brothers serving in the First Vermont Brigade of the Union Army. The letters offer an eye witness description of the battles of the Peninsula Campaign, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek as well as an in-depth account of regular army life. Using the letters, Carleton Young and few other researchers were able to weave together their dramatic war-time narrative into a book entitled Voices From the Attic: The Wiiliamstown boys in the Civil War.

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March 2017

William “Jack” C. Davis, Virginia Tech University: The Confederate Kardashian: Loreta Janeta Velasquez and the Invention of Confederate Celebrity

March 16 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216 United States
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In her bestselling memoir, The Woman in Battle, Loreta Janeta Velasquez claimed to have posed as a man to fight for the Confederacy, but in fact she never saw combat. Always a sensational press favorite, Velasquez displayed throughout her life an uncanny ability to manipulate popular media and to benefit from her fame in a way that prefigured celebrities of our own time. After the Civil War ended, she created a phony mining company, coned North Carolina residents to back her financially in a fake immigration scheme, and attracted investors to build a railroad across western Mexico. Velasquez was one of the first women to venture into journalism and presidential politics. In Inventing Loreta Velasquez, acclaimed historian William C. Davis delves into the life of one of America’s early celebrities, peeling back the myths she herself created to reveal a startling and even more implausible reality.

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February 2017

Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati: Sterling Price and the 1864 Missouri Campaign

February 16 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216 United States
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As the Civil War was drawing to a close, former Missouri governor Sterling Price led his army on one last desperate campaign to retake his home state for the Confederacy, part of a broader effort to tilt the upcoming 1864 Union elections against Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans. In The Collapse of Price’s Raid: The Beginning of the End in Civil War Missouri, Mark A. Lause examines the complex political and social context of what became known as “Price’s Raid,” the final significant Southern operation west of the Mississippi River.

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January 2017

Theresa Leininger-Miller, Ph.D, University of Cincinnati: Illustrated Sheet Music of the Civil War

January 19 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216 United States
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Before the invention of the phonograph, music was primarily disseminated by way of printed sheet music. To make sheet music more marketable, publishers hired artists to design attractive patriotic covers. Theresa Leininger-Miller will share with us her study of illustrated sheet music published during and just after the Civil War. These gems of popular culture will be examined for both their artistic merit and historical significance.

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November 2016

David Dixon, Santa Barbara, CA: Charles Anderson and the Lost Gettysburg Address

November 17, 2016 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216 United States
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Few remember Edward Everett's oration that preceded Lincoln's masterpiece, but hardly anyone is aware Charles Anderson's oration, which concluded the day's events. Anderson was raised on a Louisville slaveholding plantation, graduated from Miami University in 1833, lived in Dayton, Ohio for twelve years then Cincinnati for the next 13 years. In 1844, Anderson was elected to the Ohio Senate and made a name for himself in opposing Ohio’s Black Laws. After moving to Texas in 1859 for health reasons, he…

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October 2016

Richard Swigert, Hamilton CWRT: CSS Shenandoah

October 20, 2016 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216 United States
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The Oct. 2016 speaker, Richard Swigert, brought to the CCWRT the story of the CSS Shenandoah. The Shenandoah began life as the Sea King, a cargo ship built in England in 1863. Its main purpose was to transport tea between the China and the UK. One year after its launch, the Sea King was secretly bought by the CSA. The Confederacy wanted to convert the ship into a commerce raider to replace the Alabama which had been lost. The hitch in their plan was that the United States government declared the south could not build/buy a ship of war. The solution was to buy another ship, The Laurel, to be used as a tender vessel so that the conversion could take place at sea. The Laurel was stocked with all the officers and the nucleus of the commerce raider's crew, together with naval guns, ammunition, and ship's stores needed to convert the Shenandoah to a ship of war. The two ships secretly rendezvoused at sea and there the conversion took place.

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September 2016

David G. Moore, Washington, D.C: William S. Rosecrans and the Union Victory

September 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216 United States
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The CCWRT welcomed David G. Moore to our meeting of Sept 15th. 2016.  David brought an in depth look at the life of General William Rosecrans.  Rosecrans was a person of whom there were differing opinions, not only in respect to his military career, but his private life as well.  David's book digs deep into the life of a man dedicated not only to the ideals presented by emancipation, but a man who understood that his God had work for…

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August 2016

Tour of John Rankin and John Parker House in Ripley

August 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Located about an hour southeast of Cincinnati along the Ohio River, Ripley and the surrounding area was a major link in the Underground Railroad and has two homes that are related to the period.   On this beautiful Saturday afternoon, thirteen attendees toured both houses.  First we were given a guided tour of the Rankin House.  Rankin was an Underground Railroad conductor who gave food and shelter to as many as two thousand slaves.   Jeff, our tour guide at Rankin…

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May 2016

William Alan Blair, Pennsylvania State University: The Dirty Business of Winning a Civil War: Combating Disloyalty

May 19, 2016 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45216 United States
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After Program Chair Dan Bauer led a tepid Penn State “shout out,” he introduced William A. Blair, Ph.D., a professor of history at Penn State University, founding editor of The Journal of the Civil War Era, and author of several well-regarded Civil War books. Dr. Blair described how both the federal government and private citizens often deprived those considered “disloyal” of civil liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. He described how soldiers, on their own initiative or with the Administration’s…

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