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March 2021

David Deatrick, Louisville CWRT: General Lovell Rousseau

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Rouseau led brigade at Shiloh, and led a Division at Perryville and Stones’ River. Later, he led a cavalry raid during the Atlanta Campaign, and defeated Forrest’s cavalry and infantry during Hood’s Tennessee Campaign.  After the war, he served in Congress, was involved in acquiring Alaska from Russia, and, at the time of his death, was in command of the U.S. Troops in Louisiana. Rousseau was born in Kentucky and was a lawyer in Louisville at the beginning of the…

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September 2020

Michael D. Coker, September’s Round Table Speaker

September 17, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Michael D. Coker The 2020-2021 Cincy Round Table schedule will begin in September with Michael D. Coker from Charleston, SC as our speaker. Mr. Coker, a Charleston native, has had a lifelong passion for history. From 2000-2009, he served as the curator of the visual materials collection for the South Carolina Historical Society.   During that time, he co-authored S.C. Historical Society publication "Historic South Carolina- A Pictorial History" and wrote the essay "The Civil War at Charleston" for The City…

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July 2020

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

July 16, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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March 2019

Gary Dyson, Mount Airy, MD: The Ambush of the Isaac P. Smith and the Battle on the Stono River

March 21, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
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The USS Isaac P. Smith was a Union gunboat ambushed by Confederate shore batteries and captured on the Stono River near Charleston on January 30, 1863. Although the US Navy lost other ships due to battle and capture during the war, the Smith was the only one captured by Confederate field batteries and used against the Union.  This presentation tells the story of the battle and the history of the Smith leading up to its capture, offers an account of the crew’s captivity, and describes the lives of its Executive Officer and Paymaster before and after the war. 

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February 2019

Wayne K. Durrill, University of Cincinnati: War of Another Kind: A Southern Community in the Great Rebellion

February 21, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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This talk will describe in graphic detail the disintegration, during the Civil War, of Southern plantation society in a North Carolina coastal county. He will detail the struggles among planters, slaves, yeoman farmers, and landless white laborers, as well as a guerrilla war and a clash between two armies that, in the end, destroyed all that remained of the county's social structure. He will examine the failure of a planter-yeoman alliance, and discusses how yeoman farmers and landless white laborers allied themselves against planters, but to no avail. He will also show how slaves, when refugeed upcountry, tried unsuccessfully to reestablish their prerogatives--a subsistence, as well as protection from violence--owed them as a minimal condition of their servitude.

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January 2019

Gary Johnson, CCWRT: Topic: A Sailor’s Life for Me:  How Sailoring Differs from Soldiering

January 17, 2019 @ 7:15 am - 8:45 pm
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Civil War sailors and officers operated in a much different environment than soldiers, living for months at a time in claustrophobic conditions on ships.  Ocean going sailors flirted with acrophobia when setting sails on 150 foot masts.  Unlike the Army, the Navy had been integrated since the 1830’s and gave African-Americans equal pay and equal justice.  This talk will explore how courage and leadership were recognized.  The efforts of 17 Midwestern naval personnel were recognized by naming ships for them to inspire future generations of sailors.  Their WWII namesakes performed deeds of valor in combat.  Come to learn the differences and the contributions of sailors to Civil War results.

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November 2018

Ted Savas, El Dorado Hills, CA: Topic: The War Outside my Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Gresham, 1860-1865

November 15, 2018 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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An in-depth discussion about how one of the  most important Civil War Diaries was found, how it came to be published, the genius of the young teenager who wrote it, and the amazing insights we gain from it.  LeRoy Wiley Gresham was born in 1847 to an affluent slave-holding family in Macon, Georgia. After a horrific leg injury left him an invalid, the educated, inquisitive, perceptive, and exceptionally witty 12-year-old began keeping a diary in 1860--just as secession and the Civil War began tearing the country and his world apart. He continued to write even as his health deteriorated until both the war and his life ended in 1865.  The War Outside My Window captures the spirit and the character of a young privileged white teenager witnessing the demise of his world even as his own body slowly failed him. 

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October 2018

Dan Welch, Youngstown, OH; The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign

October 18, 2018 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
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A string of battlefield victories through 1862 had culminated in the spring of 1863 with Lee’s greatest victory yet: the battle of Chancellorsville. Propelled by the momentum of that supreme moment, confident in the abilities of his men, Lee decided to once more take the fight to the Yankees and launched this army on another invasion of the North. An appointment with destiny awaited in the little Pennsylvania college town of Gettysburg.

Historian Dan Welch follows in the footsteps of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac as the two foes cat-and-mouse their way northward, ultimately clashing in the costliest battle in North American history.

Based on the Gettysburg Civil War Trails, and packed with dozens of lesser-known sites related to the Gettysburg Campaign, The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign offers the ultimate Civil War road trip.

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September 2018

Greg Biggs, Clarksville, TN: The Question Was One Of Supplies – The Logistics For William T. Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign

September 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Greg Biggs has lectured across the country on Civil War topics primarily on flags and the Western Theater as well as the Revolutionary War. Greg leads tours of the Fort Donelson Campaign, the Tullahoma Campaign, the Atlanta Campaign and Where The River Campaigns Began: Cairo, IL to Columbus/Belmont, KY for Civil War groups, individuals and U.S. Army Staff Rides. He is the president of the Clarksville Civil War Roundtable and an officer of the Nashville CWRT.

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May 2018

Darryl Smith, CCWRT: The Last Raid – The 1864 Battle of Cynthiana

May 17, 2018 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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When we hear the name John H. Morgan, it usually brings to mind the dashing leader of a small band of gallant raiders, but by 1864 Morgan was a shell of his former self, and his command was no longer the gallant band of 1862 and 1863.  This talk is about Morgan’s Last Raid, with a focus on the fighting at Cynthiana, but will also provide a few insights to Morgan’s lack of control and discipline during this campaign.

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April 2018

Chris Burns, Cincinnati Topic: Siege of Cincinnati

April 19, 2018 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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In September 1862, Cincinnati was under assault from an enemy whose goal was to pillage and burn the city, leaving destruction and fear in their wake. The assault was a major event that helped define the resolve of the citizens living in the Tristate region. Over 60,000 volunteers poured into the hills of Northern Kentucky to stop the Confederate onslaught that ripped through Kentucky virtually unchallenged, before turning north to threaten the Queen City. This is their story of leadership, patriotism, selflessness and courage.

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March 2018

James “Bud” Robertson, Fredericksburg, VA Topic: Water: The Most Overlooked Element of the Civil War

March 15, 2018 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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A hard look at the element itself--water for life, water as an agent of infection, water in military planning, etc. The "etc." is why water can be considered "the forgotten element."

This Danville, Va., native is the author or editor of more than 20 books that include such award-winning studies as Civil War! America Becomes One Nation, General A.P. Hill, and Soldiers Blue and Gray. His massive biography of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the base for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, “Gods and Generals”. His latest book is After the Civil War: The Heroes, Villains, Soldiers, and Civilians Who Changed America. The recipient of every major award given in the Civil War field, and a lecturer of national acclaim, Dr. Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker before Civil War groups than anyone else in the field.

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February 2018

Ron Blair, Lexington, KY: Wild Wolf: Col. Frank Wolford and the 1st Kentucky Cavalry

February 15, 2018 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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Union Col. Frank Wolford was a celebrated Civil War cavalier and rival of Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan. Wolford, who formed the 1st Ky Cavalry, took part in more than 300 battles and skirmishes, during which he was wounded seven times. In addition to detailing Wolford's military exploits, Blair will detail Wolford's political career including his staunch opposition with President Abraham Lincoln over the use of black soldiers in the Union forces. Ronald Blair is Frank Wolford's great-great-nephew.

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January 2018

Peter J. D’Onofrio Ph.D, Reynoldsburg, OH: Medical Advancements of the Civil War

January 18, 2018 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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In an effort to treat the enormous number of soldiers wounded during the Civil War, rapid advancements were made in American medicine. This presentation will focus on the background, conditions, and personnel that led to these advancements. Dr. D’Onofrio will present this talk in the guise of Ohio Civil War Surgeon General, Robert Nelson Barr, in period uniform. His talk will be reflection of Dr. Barr's thoughts a few months after the Civil War ended.  Peter D'Onofrio is the president of The Society of Civil War Surgeons, the largest non-profit, international, educational organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Civil War era medicine and surgery.

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November 2017

David A. Powell, Chicago, IL: A Tale of Two Corps Commanders: D. H. Hill and A. M. McCook at Chickamauga.

November 16, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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Daniel Harvey Hill and Alexander McD. McCook had their Civil War careers badly tarnished because of their performance at the September 20, 1863 Battle of Chickamauga. McCook, commander the Union XX Corps, was routed off the battlefield, and Confederate corps commander Hill had such a falling out with army commander Braxton Bragg, that Bragg relieved Hill of command a month later. Nevertheless, both men had long and distinguished careers after the war's end. Hill became a writer, editor, and educator and McCook a professional soldier. This talk explores each man's role in the epic battle of Chickamauga and the fascinating story of their postwar lives.

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September 2017

Erick Bush, Rome, NY: Selma: Alabama’s Civil War Arsenal City

September 21, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Selma was transformed into the Confederacy’s second most important war manufacturing center, outside of Richmond. Essential to the Confederate war effort, especially with the construction of the CSS Tennessee ironclad and the Brooke cannon, Selma provided critical support to Confederate operations in the field, in places including Mobile, Charleston, and Atlanta. An impressive network of ironworks was developed in Alabama to supply the sprawling Selma Arsenal, Ordnance Works, and Navy Yard. A series of well engineered earthworks and fortifications were constructed around Selma to defend this critical industrial center. As a testament to the importance of Selma, it produced “half of the cannon and two thirds of the fixed ammunition” for the Confederacy in 1864-1865. The largest cavalry raid of the Civil War, under the command of Major General James H. Wilson, targeted and destroyed Selma during the final stages of the Civil War.

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May 2017

Phillip Greenwalt, Everglades NP: Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864

May 18, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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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, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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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, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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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, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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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, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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October 2015

Michael Panhorst, Auburn, AL Topic: The Memorial Art and Architecture of Vicksburg National Military Park

October 15, 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 October meeting, Michael W. Panhorst presented “Lest We Forget: Memorial Art & Architecture of Civil War Battlefield Monuments.” It was an illustrated “brisk hike through 150 years of history and a half dozen battlefields.” Mr. Panhorst, from Auburn, Alabama, is an historian of art and architecture, curator, teacher, and historic preservationist. He has lectured widely and has published his photographs in numerous magazines. The earliest Civil War battlefield monuments were funerary, sponsored by soldiers to mark the sites…

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September 2015

William F.B. Vodrey, Cleveland Civil War Round Table Topic: Ohio’s Civil War Governors

September 17, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Raffel’s Banquet Facilities, 10160 Reading Rd
Evendale, OH 45241 United States
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William Vodrey, former president of the Cleveland Civil War Round Table, spoke on Ohio’s Civil War Governors: William Dennison, David Tod and John Brough – men who served the state and nation well but are now largely forgotten. Mr. Vodrey is currently a magistrate of the Cleveland Municipal Court, an honors graduate of Oberlin College, with a law degree from Case Western Reserve. He often speaks on Civil War topics to Round Tables and historical societies and is a former…

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