Posted by: cocwrt | October 31, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When: November 12th

Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time: 7pm

Speaker:  Patrick Schroeder

Topic: 11th New York Infantry

Patrick A. SchroederPatrick Schroeder was born January 1, 1968, at Fort Belvoir, VA, and was raised in Utica, New York, until he was 13.  Patrick attended Stuarts Draft High School in Augusta County, VA.  In the spring of 1990, he graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Historical Park Administration from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV.  He has a M.A. in Civil War History from Virginia Tech.  From the summer of 1986-1993, Patrick worked as a seasonal living history interpreter at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  In 1993, he wrote Thirty Myths About Lee’s Surrender, which is currently in its twelfth printing.   From 1994–1999, he was employed at Red Hill, the Patrick Henry National Memorial.  Patrick has written, edited and/or contributed to more than twenty-five Civil War titles including:  More Myths About Lee’s Surrender; The Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox; Recollections and Reminiscences of Old Appomattox; Tar Heels; Sailor’s Creek:  General Custis Lee Captured with Controversy; Civil War Soldier Life:  In Camp and Battle; A Duryee Zouave; We Came To Fight: A History of the 5th NY Veteran Vol. Inf., Duryee’s Zouaves; Campaigns of the 146th Regiment New York State Volunteers; Pennsylvania Bucktails; The Bloody 85th; The Life of General Ely S. Parker: Least Grand Sachem of the Iroquois and Grant’s Military Secretary; Appomattox County; and With the 11th New York Fire Zouaves: In Camp, Battle and Prison.  Patrick resides in Lynchburg, VA with his wife of 19 years and 2 children, and he has downloadworked as an independent researcher, author, historian, and tour guide.  He has been the Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park since 2002.  In an effort to protect sites relevant to the Appomattox Campaign, Patrick has set up the “Appomattox Fund” with the Civil War Trust, to save land important to the climatic events of April 1865.

Elmer Ellsworth and the 11th New York Fire Zouaves: Heroes or Humbugs?–The famed Fire Zouaves raised by celebrity Elmer Ellsworth, had more than their share of mischief. Even after the death of Ellsworth, they were counted on to carry the field at the Battle of Bull Run. Did they live up to expectations?  Find out what happened to this celebrated unit.  434-525-4431

Otterbein Parking Permit






Posted by: cocwrt | October 8, 2014

Otterbein Parking Permit

Round Table Members here is a link to the Otterbein parking permit that is now required when parking in university parking lots. Please place the permit on your dash when using campus parking lots.

Otterbein Parking Permit


Posted by: cocwrt | September 26, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When:   October 8th

Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time:    7pm

Speaker: Eric Wittenberg

Topic: John Buford at Gettysburg; The Devil to Pay

Eric J. Wittenberg is an accomplished American Civil War cavalry historian and author. An attorney in Ohio, Wittenberg has authored over a dozen books on Civil War cavalry subjects, as well as two dozen articles in popular magazines such as North & South, Blue & Gray, America’s Civil War, and Gettysburg Magazine. His first book,Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions (Thomas Publications, Gettysburg PA, 1998) won the prestigious 1998 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award. The second edition won the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award, for Reprint, 2011.

Wittenberg is a favored speaker at Civil War Roundtables, and conducts tours of cavalry battlefields and related sites. He was instrumental in saving important battlefield land at Trevilian Station, Virginia, and wrote the text for the historical waysides located there. He lives in Columbus with his wife Susan and their beloved dogs. Wittenberg is the CEO of Ironclad Publishing Inc. Visit Eric J. Wittenberg’s website:

bufordAlthough many books on Gettysburg have addressed the role played by Brig. Gen. John Buford and his First Cavalry Division troops, there is not a single book-length study devoted entirely to the critical delaying actions waged by Buford and his dismounted troopers and his horse artillerists on the morning of July 1, 1863. Award-winning Civil War historian Eric J. Wittenberg rectifies this glaring oversight with “The Devil’s to Pay”: John Buford at Gettysburg. A History and Walking Tour.

This comprehensive tactical study examines the role Buford and his horse soldiers played from June 29 through July 2, 1863, including the important actions that saved the shattered remnants of the First and Eleventh Corps. Wittenberg relies upon scores of rare primary sources, including many that have never before been used, to paint a detailed picture of the critical role the quiet and modest cavalryman known to his men as “Honest John” or “Old Steadfast” played at Gettysburg.

The Devil’s to Pay” also includes a detailed walking and driving tour of pertinent sites, complete with GPS coordinates. Three appendices address the nature of Buford’s defense at Gettysburg, whether his troopers were armed with repeating weapons, and whether a feint by his men late in the day caused the Confederate infantry to form “squares” (a Napoleonic defensive tactic). Finally, 17 maps by Gettysburg cartographer Phil Laino, together with more than 80 images, several published for the first time, round out this study. “The Devil’s to Pay” is a must-have for Gettysburg enthusiasts.”

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Eric on C-Span speaking about Trevilian Station

October Newsletter


Posted by: cocwrt | August 28, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When:   September 10th

Where:  Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time:  7pm

Speaker: Greg Mertz

Topic: “Spotsylvania”

Greg Mertz is the Supervisory Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and has worked on the four Greg Mertz 453battlefields there for 30 years. At our September meeting, Greg will discuss the opening days of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House from three perspectives. Federal cavalry commander Phillip Sheridan had a falling out with army commander George Meade, resulting in the cavalry making a raid and leaving the army without its “eyes and ears” for the entire battle. Federal Fifth Corps leader Gouverneur Warren had been a rising star in the army since showing initiative at Gettysburg’s Little Round Top, but he fell out of favor at Spotsylvania. The refinement and widespread use of field fortifications resulted in the experimentation with some new tactics being tried at Spotsylvania. The use of cavalry, the reputation of Warren and attacking earthworks in the opening phase of the fighting at Spotsylvania had far reaching consequences.

September Newsletter

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Posted by: cocwrt | August 3, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When: August 13th

Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Christopher Kolakowski

Topic: The battle of Perryville

Christopher L. Kolakowski received his BA in History and Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College, and his MA in Public
kolakowski_chrisHistory from the State University of New York at Albany. Chris has spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, Kentucky State Parks, and the U.S. Army. He has written and spoken on military leadership, the Civil War, American Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, and both World Wars. He is the author of two books by the History Press, The Civil War at Perryville: Battling For the Bluegrass and The Stones River & Tullahoma9781596296725_p0_v2_s114x166 Campaigns: This Army Does Not Retreat. Chris currently serves as director of the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, VA. In 2013, the U.S. Army will publish his volume on the 1862 Virginia Campaigns as part of its sesquicentennial series on the Civil War. He is also working on a study of the Philippine Campaign of 1941-42, scheduled for release in 2016.

Civil War Trust interview with Chris Kolakowski

August Newsletter



Posted by: cocwrt | July 1, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When:    July 9th

Where:  Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time:    7pm

Speaker: Jamie Ryan

Topic:   George Gordon Meade, “Before Gettysburg”

Jamie Ryan is a charter member of the COCWRT and has presented numerous topics to our roundtable and other roundtables around the state of Ohio. Mr. Ryan has conducted extensive studies of the Fifth Corps of the Army of the attorney_42Potomac and has visited every Fifth Corps battlefield. Mr. Ryan is a partner in Bailey Cavalieri, LLC, a Columbus, Ohio‐based law firm, where he practices corporate law with a concentration on commercial lending, corporate transactions, and unclaimed property law.
At our July meeting, Ryan brings us George Meade before Gettysburg.  Mr. Ryan will describe the prewar career of Meade and examine his extensive experience as a brigade, division, and corps commander (of both the First and Fifth Corps) before his promotion to commander of the Army of the Potomac.

July Newsletter

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