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January 2017

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

January 19, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 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
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 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
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 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
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 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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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
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 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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April 2016

Speaker: Stephen M. “Sam” Hood Topic: Huntington, WV: The Lost Papers of General John Bell Hood: Revelation and Redemption

April 21, 2016 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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“It’s a shame a book like this has to be written.” This is the opening sentence of the introduction to Stephen M. Hood’s book, John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General. Mr. Hood, who goes by the nickname “Sam,” was the engaging and entertaining speaker at our April 21st meeting. A self-proclaimed amateur historian and ‘C’ student from a non-Ivy League university, he never expected to be the one to bring General Hood’s papers to…

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March 2016

Michael C. C. Adams Topic: Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War

March 17, 2016 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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At our March meeting, Michael C. C. Adams, Regents Professor of History Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University, spoke about his 2014 book, Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War. Prof. Adams grew up in, holds a Ph.D. from, and has been on the NKU faculty since 1972. His first book, Our Masters the Rebels, won the Jefferson Davis Prize. His 1994 book The Best War Ever, a history of the American experience in World War II, is widely…

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February 2016

Gene Schmiel, Washington D.C. Topic: Citizen-General: Jacob D. Cox

February 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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At our February meeting, Gene Schmiel told us the story of the amazing life of Jacob Dolson Cox, a self-made “Renaissance man” who was, at various times, a military leader, office holder, university and business executive, scientist, and historian. Mr. Schmiel is a retired Foreign Service officer who holds a doctorate from Ohio State and who has taught at several eastern Universities. His book Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era was published in 2014 and is a…

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January 2016

Gary Johnson, Cincinnati CWRT Topic: Countering Mallory’s Infernal Machines

January 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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At our January 21st meeting, we were treated to a very interesting and well-researched powerpoint presentation titled “Countering Mallory’s ‘Infernal Machines’,” a deeper look into the Confederacy’s attempt to counter the strength and numerical superiority of the U.S. Navy. Our presenter, Gary Johnson, of the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table, is a U.S. Navy veteran who spent many years working on submarines. With this first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of the navy, Gary was able to attain a firm…

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November 2015

Andrew Homan, 6 th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Topic: Reenacting Gettysburg and Other Battles and Bert Sheard, CCWRT Topic: Photos of 150th Gettysburg

November 19, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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At our November 19th meeting, on the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we had a most appropriate “double-header”: two speakers relating to the 150th Anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg (fought July 1863). This was one of the largest attended events held during the Civil War Sesquicentennial. First, we welcomed CCWRT member Bert Sheard, who showed us a number of photos he took at the commemoration, and gave us his spectator’s perspective on the event. As Bert mentioned, the…

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