Posted by: cocwrt | September 24, 2012

Meeting Announcement

When:      October 10th 2012

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

 Time:      7pm

Speaker:  Howard Strouse

Topic:      The Mormons in the 19th Century

     Mormon history is unique in America. When their Prophet, Joseph Smith, published The Book of Mormon in 1830, conflict quickly followed. Converts to the fledgling religion, called Saints, were persecuted and driven from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, and finally, Illinois. With each violent encounter, Mormons became more willing to fight for their right to practice their faith, without interference. After the murder of Joseph Smith in an Illinois jail, Brigham Young led his Saints on a 1200 mile journey to the Great Salt Lake Basin in Utah Territory. But again, conflict followed, culminating in a massacre at a place called Mountain Meadows.
       Howard Strouse, a native of Ohio, was born during World War II in Port Clinton, on Lake Erie.  Graduating from high school in Sharon,Pennsylvania, he completed undergraduate work a tColumbia College and University of Missouri,Kansas City, majoring in Criminal Justice, with a minor in history. His first Master’s Degree was in Criminal Justice and Law, the second in History and Government; both conferred with honors, at Webster University, in Webster Groves,Missouri. Service at the United States Army Intelligence Center, Fort Holibird, Baltimore, Maryland, marked not only the beginning of training in his chosen career field, but also introduced him to Pat, his wife of more than forty-five years.
    Following tours in the Far East and Germany, he resigned from the military to begin a career as a Federal Special Agent with the Department of Defense. He was a field agent in Kansas City,Missouri, and a Senior Resident Agent in St. Louis.   He served a tour in the Headquarters as a Team Chief in the Investigations Center in the Baltimore/ Washington area; and then was appointed Special Agent in Charge in Columbus, Ohio. His final assignment, in a career that spanned over thirty-five years, was as Chief of Industrial Personnel Security Clearance Adjudication for all firms (contractors) that required Federal security clearances to do business with the Department of Defense. He retired from the Federal Civil Service in 1999.
    Howard has given presentations at universities, civil war round tables, libraries, social and fraternal organizations, history seminars and events.  He is a Civil War reenactor, portraying General Alpheus Williams (and sometimes, when his weight is trimmed, General George Meade). He is a member of the General Staff of the Blue and the Grey, an organization of individuals that portray various Civil War generals. He is a member and past General-in-Chief of the Columbus Ohio Civil War Round Table, and an active member in Scottsdale, Arizona and several others. Howard is a participating member of the Lincoln Forum, and serves as historian/tour leader for the Civil War Education Association and the American History Forum.

October Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | August 19, 2012

Meeting Announcement

When: September 12

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

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Tom Clemens

Topic: Ezra Carman and the Maryland Campaign of 1862

       In 1862 Ezra Carman was the Colonel of the 13th New Jersey Infantry Regiment, and led this rookie regiment into combat in the battle of Antietam.  After 32 years had elapsed, Carman was hired by the War Department to document the official history of the battle, create a set of maps and lay out a tour route of the battlefield.  Devoting eight years of his life to this task, Carman produced the text for the cast iron tablets still marking the field today, and produced 14 maps marking the various positions of the troops throughout the battle.  Working with other members of the Battlefield Board, he interviewed veterans, requested memoirs, and wrote innumerable letters in his quest to ascertain the “true” history of the battle of Antietam. 
      Presenting a brief history of Ezra Carman and his work is Dr. Thomas Clemens, Professor of History at Hagerstown Community College.  Tom has worked at HCC for 29 years, and has also taught at Salisbury University and George Mason University.  He has been named three times to Who’s Who Among American Teachers, has written several articles and is a frequent speaker at Civil War seminars and Civil War Round Tables.  Carman’s manuscript was the topic of Tom’s doctoral dissertation at George Mason University, and he  has published an edited version of  it.  Tom has also worked with Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc., a battlefield preservation organization, for 21 years, having served as president since 1989.

September Newsletter

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
         New Location:  Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for further

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
         New Location:  Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for further information

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.

Rodek Challenge Fund

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 
    New Location!  Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for further information

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.

Rodek Challenge Fund

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

Rodek Challenge Fund

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