Posted by: cocwrt | July 30, 2012

Meeting Announcement

When:    August 8th

Where: Otterbein University Chapel.  Corner of Grove Street and Cochran Alley, Westerville Ohio 43081
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Time:       7pm

Speaker:  Joe Reinhart

Topic: 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry: A Stellar Ethnic Regiment 

   Of the 200,000 native Germans who served in the Union army, approximately 36,000 soldiered in predominately German regiments. The 9th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry was the first of eight German regiments formed in Ohio, and one of thirty or so German regiments in the entire Union army. The 9th Ohio was noted for its hard fighting on the battlefield along with its precision on the parade ground. Many of its members could not understand English and commands were given in German. Surprisingly, Col. Robert L. McCook, one of the few Anglo-Americans in the regiment, originally commanded the regiment. After Confederates mortally wounded Colonel McCook in August 1862, Gustav Kämmerling was promoted to colonel and ably led the Cincinnati regiment until its mustered out on June 7, 1864. The presentation will cover this stellar ethnic regiment’s organization, marches and battles, including the Battles of Mill Springs, Kentucky, and Chickamauga in Georgia.   
  Joe Reinhart has been actively researching and writing about the Civil War for the last 17 years. He is the author of A History of the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry U.S.: The Boys Who Feared No Noise. His most recent book, A German Hurrah!:Civil War Letters of Friedrich Bertsch and Wilhelm Stängel, 9th Ohio Infantry was the runner up for the Museum of the Confederacy’s 2010 Founder’s Award for outstanding editing of primary sources. His fifth book, Yankee Dutchmen under Fire: Civil War Letters from the 82nd Illinois Infantry will be published in 2013. A retired C. P. A., Joe is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, a graduate of Bellarmine College, and earned a master’s degree from Indiana University. He studied German at the University of Louisville.

Bullrunning interview with Joe Reinhart

August Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | June 20, 2012

Meeting Announcement

When:   July 11

Where: Otterbein University Chapel.  Corner of Grove Street and Cochran Alley, Westerville Ohio 43081
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Time:   7pm

Speaker: Eric Jacobson

Topic:  Baptism of fire at the battle of Franklin

In the fall of 1864, the American Civil War was three and a half years old. Over half a million soldiers were already dead, and the war dragged on with cruel impunity. That autumn the beautiful hills and valleys of Middle Tennessee bore witness to the last great campaign of the war, one that ultimately helped to decide its outcome. At Franklin a fateful and vicious battle would be fought, one that remained seared in the minds of those who managed to survive it. In the midst of its awful fury were three regiments of United States soldiers who had never before been in combat. These men from Missouri and Ohio played key roles in helping to decide the conclusion of the battle, and never before has their story been fully understood or explained. Baptism of Fire is a detailed and compelling look at these long forgotten regiments, with much emphasis on the men who composed them. Much more than a battle history, this book relates the individual stories of the soldiers who left their homes to fight for what they believed to be right and how they ended up at a place called Franklin.

     Eric Jacobson has been studying the American Civil War for nearly 25 years.  A Minnesota native, Eric lived in Arizona for over a decade before relocating to Middle Tennessee in 2005.  He is the author of For Cause & For Country: A Study of the Affair at Spring Hill and the Battle of Franklin, a project which encompassed nearly 10 years.  Published in March 2006 the book is considered by some to be one of the most important books ever written about the 1864 Tennessee Campaign. Eric’s second book, The McGavock Confederate Cemetery, was published in April 2007.  He is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Historian for the Battle of Franklin Trust, which manages the Carter House and Carnton.  His third book, entitled Baptism of Fire, which details the roles of three Federal regiments at the Battle of Franklin, was released in September 2011.  Eric lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife, Nancy, and their two daughters.

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July Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | May 18, 2012

Meeting Announcement

When: June 13

Where: Otterbein University, Shear-McFadden Science Hall, Room 104. Westerville Ohio 43081 
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Time: 7pm

Speaker: Chris Kolakowski

Topic: Tullahoma Campaign

The second duel between Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland and Bragg’s Army of Tennessee occurred June 24 through July 4, 1863, as both forces maneuvered for control of Middle Tennessee and the gateway to Chattanooga. Bragg’s failure to effectively counter Rosecrans’operations ended with the Confederates fleeing across the Tennessse River to Chattanooga. Tullahoma set the stage for the subsequent campaigns of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Atlanta, but it   has been largely overshadowed by more famous (and bloodier) events in Pennsylvania and along the Mississippi River. This talk will discuss the campaign and place it in its true importance to the story of the Civil War.

Christopher L. Kolakowski is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He recieved his BA in History & Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College and his MA in Public History from the State University of New York at Albany. He has devoted his career to interpreting and preserving American military history, having worked for the National Park Service, New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Trust, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, and the U.S. Army Reserve. His is the author of numerous articles on various aspects of military history, and the books The Civil War at Perryville: Battling for the Bluegrass and The Stones River & Tullahoma Campaigns: This Army Does Not Retreat, both part of the History Press’Sesquicentennial Series. This spring the U.S. Army will publish his short history of the 1862 Virginia campaigns. Currently Chris works as Director of the General George Patton Museum of Leadership in Fort Knox, KY.

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June Newsletter


Posted by: cocwrt | May 2, 2012

Meeting Announcement

When: May 9

Where: Ohio Health Medical Campus, 300 Polaris Parkway, Westerville Ohio 43081

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Martin Stewart

Topic: 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Join the Central Ohio Civil War Round Table for a presentation by Martin Stewart on his book Redemption: The 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War  Martin Stewart was born and raised in Miami County, Ohio. He spent four years in the U.S. Navy (on board the submarine San Diego) and then returned home. By trade, Martin is a mechanical engineer, and for the past 33 years he has been working with EES Facility Services in Dayton where he is currently Vice President. Mr. Stewart is a direct descendant of four Union soldiers. He is the author of the recently published book Redemption: The 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War (2010), the first printing of which has nearly sold out. Martin’s presentation will give more details about the history of the 71st OVI and the events that brought this regiment from a demeanor of shame to one of prestige.

May Newsletter

Lew Wallace Letter

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Posted by: cocwrt | March 27, 2012

Meeting Announcement

When:    April 11

Where:  Ohio Health Medical Campus, 300 Polaris Parkway, Westerville Ohio 43081

Time:     7pm

Speaker:  Frank A. O’Reilly

Topic:   Malvern Hill: Retreat from Victory; Victory in Defeat

The Seven Days’ Battles around Richmond heralded the emergence of Robert E.
Lee, but Lee was not happy with the results.  His elaborate plans for
concentrating his forces at the point of attack had failed
repeatedly—fortunately, his opponent was George B. McClellan, a general
more gifted at siegecraft than combat.  As the running battle shifted south
across the Virginia peninsula, Lee changed his emphasis from defending
Richmond to annihilating the Union army.  Upset, sick, and frustrated, Lee
lashed out at McClellan’s army at Malvern Hill on July 1, 1862 before his
opportunity disappeared altogether.  Malvern Hill was in many ways the most
dreadful encounter of the Seven Days’ Battles—it was a battle that probably
should have never been fought, but ironically, a battle the Confederates
won in spite of themselves simply because the Northern commander retreated
from victory.  The strategic victory solidified the revolution in
Confederate nationhood, but the horror of Malvern Hill would haunt Lee’s
Confederates for the rest of their lives.

Frank A. O’Reilly graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1987.  He joined the National Park Service at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, then worked briefly at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, before returning to Fredericksburg in 1990 as the permanent historian for the “Stonewall” Jackson Shrine. O’Reilly has also served as an historical consultant for the City of Fredericksburg.  His latest book, The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock, received a 2003 nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters.  It was released by LSU Press in December, 2002, and has won the 2002 Capital District (Albany, NY) Book Award; the 2003 James I. Robertson, Jr. Book Award; the 2004 Daniel Laney Book Award; and the 2004 Richard Barksdale Harwell Book Award. 

O’Reilly has written numerous articles on the Civil War and Mexican War, and introductions to several books, including Phil Sheridan’s memoirs, William McCarter’s My Life in the Irish Brigade, and the History of the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry.  He released a book on the Fredericksburg Campaign titled, Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg, in 1993.  O’Rielly has appeared in a number of video documentaries, and lectured extensively on military history to audiences around the world.  He recently presented in Oxford, United Kingdom, on the Bicentennial of Robert E. Lee’s birth; and the Sesquicentennial of the beginning of the war in 1861.

O’Rielly is currently researching a book on the Battle of Malvern Hill and the Seven Days’ Campaign. 


April Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | February 16, 2012

Meeting Announcement

When:    March 14

Where:   Ohio Health Medical Campus, 300 Polaris Parkway, Westerville Ohio 43081

Time:      7pm

Speaker: Eric Wittenberg

Topic: The battle of White Sulphur Springs

The Battle of White Sulphur Springs

Though West Virginia was founded for the purpose of remaining loyal to the Union, severing ties with Virginia, home of the capital of the Confederacy, would prove difficult. West Virginia’s fate would be tested on its battlegrounds. In August 1863, Union general William Woods Averell led a six-hundred-mile raid culminating in the Battle of White Sulphur Springs in Green Brier County. Colonel George S. Patton, grandfather of the legendary World War II general, met Averell with a dedicated Confederate force. After a fierce two-day battle, Patton defeated Averell, forcing him to retreat and leave West Virginia, and ultimately the Union, in the balance. Civil War historian Eric J. Wittenberg presents a fascinating in-depth analysis of the proceedings in the first book-length study of this important battle.

Eric J. Wittenberg is an award-winning Civil War historian. Originally from southeastern Pennsylvania, he was educated at Dickinson College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is an attorney in private practice.    He is also the author of more than fifteen published books on the Civil War and serves as a member of the Governor of Ohio’s Commission on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and as vice-president of the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation. He and his wife, Susan, and their two golden retrievers live in Columbus, Ohio.


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