2017 Preservation Project

Our Preservation Committee selected the John Parker House as  our primary 2017 preservation project. As a secondary project, we are making a donation to the Battle of Richmond (KY) Association for the purchase of a limber

For more information about both projects and how to make a donation, click the Preservation tab.

Your generosity is appreciated.

Civil War Governors of Kentucky Launches New Website

A couple of years ago, the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition contacted libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies across the United States in the course of a nationwide search for documents related to Kentucky’s five wartime governors, Union and Confederate. The project received many intriguing research leads and many more kind responses with best wishes for our project.  The 10,000 digitized and searchable Civil War-era documents have now been made available on their new website (http://discovery.civilwargovernors.org).  The site lets readers explore the lives of everyday people in a society torn by conflict.

The next phase of the project is to annotate every person, place, and organization found in each of these documents to assemble those annotations into a massive biographical glossary and interconnected social network. This ambitious goal of locating, researching, and connecting hundreds of thousands of historical individuals, businesses, military units, and places will only be possible with collaboration from libraries, universities, and networks of local and family historians across Kentucky and the United States.

For that reason, we ask you to review the new Civil War Governors site for connections to your own collections, community, and mission. Ohio researchers may be interested in a Cincinnati rebel raising a company of Union scouts to defend against guerrilla invasion, an Ohio soldier explaining his grievance with Salmon Chase, or Governor Anderson’s requisition for a fugitive on a murder charge.

Please share Civil War Governors with interested researchers you know, and contact Assistant Editor Whitney Smith (whitney.smith@nullky.gov) with any questions or comments to help improve the site. The Kentucky Historical Society hopes that Civil War Governors will not just be a research resource but also a vehicle for continued exploration of the past to better understand our shared present and future.

Old CCWRT Website

For persons looking for information posted on the old Cincinnati Civil War website and wondering how to gain access to the old website, simply Google the Hamilton Civil War Round Table website.  Clicking onto the HCWRT website automatically takes the user to the old CCWRT website.  It is the hope that eventually all the info from the old CCWRT website will be migrated over onto the new CCWRT website. In the meantime, the old CCWRT is still accessible.  For your convenience, you can also click the below tab.


Article published in The New Yorker on Lincoln

Illustration by David Hughes

Illustration by David Hughes

I received from William Vodrey, President of the Cleveland Round Table and one of our speakers last year, an email with a link to an article that was published in The New Yorker. Here is the link to the article:  http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/05/28/angels-and-ages

While the article is rather long, I found it to be very interesting. I learned new information about both what was said at Lincoln’s death and what was also recorded about what he said at the Gettysburg Address. It seems there is some controversy about both. But it is relevant for we Cincy Round Tablers, as the author of the article consults Harold Holzer as well as has quotes from the 1865 Cincinnati Daily Gazette. Holzer will be speaking this Sunday, November 6th at 2:00 pm at The Hebrew Union College, and our November Round Table speaker, David Dixon will also talk about the Gettysburg dedication ceremony. How is that for keeping things current and relevant? 

So click on the above link , and read what I think you will find to be a rather well done article.

Tom Williams

Inclement Weather & Possible Meeting Cancellations

CCWRT has been fortunate in that bad weather has forced us to cancel a meeting only two times in the last fifteen years, but we want to be prepared to communicate last minute information on meeting day if necessary. If bad weather makes the streets difficult to travel, you can check the following sources to determine if the meeting is still on or if it has been cancelled:

  • Check the home page on our web site at https://www.cincinnaticwrt.org/. We will post a simple update informing the membership that the meeting has either been cancelled or it is still on.
  • Check your email for an update. If the weather leaves you wondering whether we’ll meet or not, the CCWRT Listserv will be used to communicate the latest information to members who have provided us their email address.
  • Call the Drake Conference Center at 513-418-2500 and inquire about the status of the meeting. If we decide to cancel, they will be the first to know and their switchboard operators will be informed.
  • Call Lester Burgin, President, at 513-891-0610.

Lester will make the decision on the status of the meeting by noon the day of the meeting. The decision will be based on the condition of the roads, the safety of our members, the status of the speaker, and the Drake Meeting Center’s ability to serve us. If a cancellation is required, we will have a June meeting to make up for the cancelled date because we are contractually obligated for eight meetings per year.

Rankin and Parker House Tours

13988162_1453264804700478_1267941164000132557_oLast weekend was a great weekend for the CCWRT’s trip to Ripley to visit the Rankin and Parker houses.  Thirteen of us toured both houses, and had quite an extensive tour of both locales.  The tour guides (Jeff at Rankin House and Dewey at the Parker House) were knowledgeable and engaging, and with the number of questions we asked of Jeff at the Rankin House, we were given a bit longer tour than normal.


The Rankin House will be receiving a new visitor’s center slated to start construction later this year.  That should really enhance the overall experience any visitor will enjoy.


The group had a nice lunch at Coehearts in Ripley, a location that overlooks the Ohio River.  It was great to be able to talk about our Civil War interests outside the normal meeting venue and to get to know each other a bit.


Look for more such tours in the future as we look to get our members together more frequently!