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.

Posted by: cocwrt | February 10, 2012

February Meeting

Many thanks to Mr. Harold George for his well received and quite entertaining presentation.

Posted by: cocwrt | January 18, 2012

Meeting Announcement

When:  February 8

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

Time:   7pm

Speaker: Harold George

Topic:   Custer’s Last Stand




February Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | January 3, 2012

Meeting Announcement

When: January 11

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

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Annual group discussion night.

Topic:  Compare and Contrast the Civil War’s importance relative to other American wars. We will attempt to rank the importance of all the American wars and determine whether the Civil War was the most important of all the American Wars.

January Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | December 8, 2011

Meeting Announcement

The Roundtable does not meet in December

Enjoy the holidays and please plan to join us in January

December Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | October 26, 2011

Meeting Announcement

When:    November 9

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

Time:    7pm

Speaker: Gail Stephens

Topic:    The  Shadow of Shiloh; Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In the spring of 1862, Major General Lew Wallace was a Union military hero.  At the age of 35, he was the youngest major general in the Union Army, rising to that rank from colonel in 11 short months.  Devoted to the Union, he was also a romantic about war, pursuing honor, fame and glory in combat.  Then in early April 1862, though only a short distance away, Wallace mysteriously failed to appear on the bloody battlefield of Shiloh with his division until the end of the first day of that battle.  The common perception is that this was a death blow to his career, until Lincoln decided to give him another chance, assigning him to command in Maryland where in the summer of 1864, with his army vastly outnumbered, Wallace fought the battle of Monocacy, “the battle that saved Washington,” restoring his fighting reputation.  The truth, however, is never that simple.  Wallace was a genuine hero, but he made mistakes and he was a scapegoat for the mistakes of others.  The story of Lew Wallace and the Civil War is fascinating and complex, highlighting some important truths about battles fought within the Union Army as well as those with the Confederates.

A guide at Monocacy and author of Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War Gail Stephens has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics from George Washington University in Washington D.C., and has done graduate work at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities.  She worked for the Department of Defense for 26 years, retiring in 1994 as a member of the Department’s Senior Executive Service.  Upon retirement, she began to study the American Civil War.  She volunteers at Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick, Maryland, lectures on the Civil War, teaches courses at area colleges and gives battlefield tours.  In 2002, she won the National Park Service’s E.W. Peterkin award for her contributions to public understanding of Civil War history.  Her book about Major General Lew Wallace’s Civil War service, The Shadow of Shiloh; Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War. was published in October 2010 by the Indiana Historical Society Press.

November Newsletter

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