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May 2020

Michael A. Flannery, Birmingham, AL: Civil War Pharmacy

May 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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While numerous books have recounted the history of medicine in the Civil War, little has been said about the drugs that were used, the people who provided and prepared them, and how they were supplied. This talk will provide detailed discussion of the role of pharmacy. Among the topics covered are the duties of medical purveyors, the role of the hospital steward, and the nature and state of medical substances commonly used in the 1860s. This last subject would become…

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April 2020

Eric Wittenberg, Central Ohio CWRT: Second Winchester

April 16 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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The Second Battle of Winchester was critical to the success of the 1863 Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania. In three days of fighting, Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, destroyed the command of Maj. Gen. Robert H. Milroy, who had disobeyed his orders to abandon the town and withdraw his troops. Ewell performed brilliantly during this battle, leaving the Confederate authorities to have high expectations of him. This talk will discuss the often-overlooked Second Battle of Winchester.

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March 2020

Steve Magnusen, Indianapolis CCWRT: Brevet Brigadier General Rufus Dawes: The Ohioan Who Became an Iron Brigade Leader

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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The presentation is based on the research done for writing his 2018 book, TO MY BEST GIRL – Courage, Honor and Love in the Civil War: The Inspiring Life Stories of Rufus Dawes and Mary Gates. The life of Rufus Dawes was much more than his battlefield heroics, exceptional as they were. His remarkable experiences involved family and friends, their lives on the home front and on battlefields elsewhere. The wartime courtship between Rufus and Mary Gates is the central…

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February 2020

Christina Hartlieb, Cincinnati: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Path to Anti-Slavery Advocate

February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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Harriet Beecher Stowe rose to fame in the 1850s as an advocate for abolition and an ally to African Americans.  By living in Cincinnati for 18 years, Stowe was able to write the anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  The book demonstrated the realities of slavery and served as a beacon for changing public opinion in the North.  The story will include a history of the Beecher families Cincinnati house and the ways in which it has continued Stowe’s legacy. 

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January 2020

Chris Burns, Cincinnati: US Grant and His Commitment to Equality

January 16 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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Grant's character, along with his treatment of African-Americans, American-Indians and Jews, matured from first-hand experience during the Civil War, as well as his Presidency. Grant's support and leadership in civil rights, was decades ahead of his time. He stood up for their rights, despite widespread opposition from the south and the American public. Their determination, coupled with his support, unleashed opportunities they had never experienced.

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November 2019

Scott Mingus, Sr., York, PA: William “Extra Billy” Smith

November 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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William “Extra Billy” Smith, the oldest and one of the most controversial Confederate generals on the field at Gettysburg, was also one of the most colorful and charismatic characters of the Civil War and the antebellum Old South. Known nationally as “Extra Billy” because of his prewar penchant for finding loopholes in government postal contracts to gain extra money for his stagecoach lines, Smith served as Virginia’s governor during both the War with Mexico and the Civil War, served five terms in the U.S. Congress, and was one of Virginia’s leading spokesmen for slavery and States’ Rights. Extra Billy’s extra-long speeches and wry sense of humor were legendary among his peers. A lawyer during the heady Gold Rush days, Smith made a fortune in California and, like his income earned from stagecoaches, quickly lost it.

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October 2019

Scott Schroeder, Monroe County CWRT: The Find of the War: Lee’s Lost Order, the 27th Indiana, and the Road to Antietam

October 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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It was the single bloodiest day in American history. This lecture discusses the people and places associated with the lost order as well as explores the questions: “Who lost the order – or was it lost?”, “Who found the order?”, and “What were the cascade of events that occurred as a result of the lost order being found?” among others.

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September 2019

John C. Fazio, Cleveland CWRT: The Emancipation Proclamation

September 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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This presentation covers the genesis, the preparation, the promulgation, the interpretations and the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation, perhaps the strangest document in American history. Discussed are the moral imperatives that inspired the war measure as well as the more concrete motives of preventing foreign intervention in the war and depleting Southern manpower—the engine that drove the Southern economy—and, the opposite side of the same coin, increasing Northern manpower, especially in Union armies. Also discussed are the Thirteenth Amendment and how the two documents were viewed by later generations of African-Americans.

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May 2019

Wayne Motts, National Civil War Museum: Pickets Charge

May 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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The May meeting of the Round Table welcomed back to the podium Wayne Motts, chief executive officer of the National Civil War Museum. Wayne and his colleague, James A. Hessler, have written a new battlefield guide Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History. Wayne was prepared to tell us everything we wanted to know, and in some cases to disabuse us of things we thought we knew, about that singular event. It is…

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April 2019

David D. Finny: Sixteen Summer Days: Custer Meets the Wolverines – June 28 to July 14, 1863

April 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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The timing could not have been better for a 23 year old military man to write his name into the history books. On June 29, 1863, George Custer was promoted to Brigadier General and placed in command of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. Without doubt Custer took advantage of that opportunity before, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Within sixteen days of almost continual fighting Custer's Wolverine brigade would fight at Hanover, Hunterstown, East Cavalry Field, Monterey Pass, Hagerstown, Williamsport, and Falling Waters. This presentation explores not only the numerous engagements of the brigade, but also the reactions of Michigan Cavalry troopers to their youthful and newly appointed young commander.

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