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

Posted by: cocwrt | June 3, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When: June 11th 2014

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: Roger Pickenpaughuntitled

Topic:  “Captives in Gray: Union Prisons”

Roger Pickenpaugh is a retired history teacher. His first Civil War book was Rescue by Rail (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1998), It told the story of the transfer of the 11th & 12th Corps, Army of the Potomac, to help relieve the siege of Chattanooga. His Civil untitledWar prison books, all published by the University of Alabama Press, are “Camp Chase and the Evolution of Union Prison policy,” “Captives in Blue,” and “Captives in Gray.” “Captives in Gray” received the James I. Robertson Prize, presented by the Central New Jersey CWRT. Pickenpaugh lives with his wife and co-researcher, Marion, in Caldwell, Ohio.   

June Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | April 20, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When: May 14th

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: Mike Weaver, Round table member and author.

Topic:  Col. Thomas Worthington of the 46th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at  Shiloh

Mike Weaver as Col. Thomas Worthington

Mike Weaver as Col. Thomas Worthington

Mike Weaver is a pastor, writer, publisher and actor.  His interest in Thomas Worthington’s story with the 46th OVI began as a high school student investigating his great, great, grandfather Theodore Cook’s participation in the war with the 46th. As an actor, Mike has at different times interpreted Theodore Cook and Col. Thomas Worthington from the 46th for school and community groups, as well as the Columbus Bar Association’s Civil War Roundtable.  In 2010, he edited and reissued Thomas Worthington’s account of the 46th Ohio at Shiloh A Brief History of the History of the 46th Ohio Volunteers.    Mike also interprets the 16th Century reformer of the church, Martin Luther.

May 2014 Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | March 12, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When: April 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: Scott L. Mingus Sr.

Topic:  “Extra Billy Smith”

Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith: From Virginia’s Statehouse to Gettysburg Scapegoat

 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.

Despite his advanced age Smith took the field and fought well at First Manassas, was wounded at Seven Pines and again at Sharpsburg, and marched with Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania. There, on the first day at Gettysburg, Smith’s frantic messages about a possible Union flanking attack remain a matter of controversy to this day. Did his aging eyes see distant fence-lines that he interpreted as approaching enemy soldiers—mere phantoms of his imagination?—or did his prompt action stave off a looming Confederate disaster? What we do know is that his calls for support diverted limited Confederate manpower away from attacks against Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill that might have turned the tide of Southern fortunes in Pennsylvania.

Mingus’s biography draws upon a wide array of newspapers, diaries, letters, and other firsthand accounts to paint a broad, deep, and colorful portrait of one of the South’s most interesting leaders and devoted sons. Complete with original maps and photos, Extra Billy Smith will satisfy anyone who loves politics, war, and a great story well told.

About the Author: Scott L. Mingus Sr. is a scientist and executive in the paper and printing industry. He is theWrightsville09140901_s author of Flames Beyond Gettysburg (2010) and five wargaming books, and maintains a popular blog on the Civil War history of his home in York County, PA, for the York Daily Record ( He is also a sanctioned Civil War tour guide for the York County Heritage Trust and together with his wife Debi, publishes CHARGE!, the leading international newsletter for Civil War miniature wargaming.

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