Posted by: TC Maurice | June 2, 2021

Meeting Announcement

When: June 9th

Where: La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230

AND on Zoom. Mr. Smith will be presenting in person at La Navona.

Topic: June 9th COCWRT Meeting

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Time: 7pm

Speaker: Darryl Smith

Topic: The battle of Cynthinia

Darryl R. Smith has been studying the Civil War since the tender age of eight.  A graduate of Miami University with a degree in American History, Smith’s interests are mostly based in American military history, with a passion for not only the Civil War but also the Native American conflicts that raged in Ohio during the 1780s and 1790s.  He is a long time regimental color bearer within the American Battlefield Trust, serves as Vice-Chair on the board of the Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation, is one of the founders of Civil War Augusta, and is heavily involved with the Western Theater in the Civil War website and blog.  He owns Walking With History, and leads tours at Perryville, Cynthiana, Mill Springs, Wild Cat Mountain, and Fort Donelson.

Darryl R. Smith

Owner – Walking With History, LLC

http://www.walkingwithhistory.com/

The presentation is on John H. Morgan’s First Kentucky Raid that took place during the summer of 1862, that pushed the Confederates into the Heartland Campaign later that summer and fall. 

Presidents Message:

Posted by: TC Maurice | May 3, 2021

Meeting Announcement

When: May 12th

Where: La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230

AND on Zoom. Mr. Spaugy will be presenting in person at La Navona

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Time: 7pm

Speaker: Phil Spaugy

Topic: “ Here Was Made Our Last Hopeless Stand.” 
The Fight of the Old First Corps, Army of the Potomac at the “slight barricade of rails” on Seminary Ridge. July 1st 1863 

Phil Spaugy:

Personal – born in 1954 in Sidney, Ohio and currently a resident of Vandalia, Ohio.

Professional – Vice President and co-owner of Aviation Sales, Inc., a provider of aviation services to the Miami Valley general aviation community. http://www.aviationsalesinc.com

My grandmother, who taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Jackson Center, Ohio, instilled in me her love of books and history. I have had a lifelong interest in the American Civil War since age seven and started collecting items from the period at age 16.

I have been a member of Union Guards, Company A, 19th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry of the North South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) for the last 43 years. During my time as a member, I have served on the N-SSA Board of Directors for over 20 years and have held the offices of Commander, Midwest region, National Inspector General, National Deputy Commander, Paymaster and from 2013-2016 I had the honor to serve as National Commander of the organization. As a member of the N-SSA I have live-fired almost every type of firearm issued to both sides during the American Civil War. http://www.n-ssa.org/ https://www.civilwar.org/learn/videos/north-south-skirmish-association

My main areas of study and interest have been in the arms and accoutrements of the Federal infantry soldier with an emphasis on soldiers from the great state of OHIO and the firearms of the U.S Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. My collection of Civil War longarms altered for the states of OHIO and Indiana in 1861 by Miles Greenwood won the prestigious “Best Military Arms” display award at the 2017 Ohio Civil War Show.

I have extensively studied the soldiers, battles and campaigns of the famed Iron Brigade of the West, of which the 19th Indiana was a member regiment, with a particular interest in the actions of the color guard of the 19th at the battle of Gettysburg. Along with my friend Lance Herdegen, I took great pride in doing the research with for the Don Troiani print “The Black Hats” which depicts the gallantry of Sergeant Major Asa Blanchard of the 19th Indiana at Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 1st. https://www.wbritain.com/product-store/the-art-of-don-troiani/limited-edition-art/civil-war-subjects/blha

I have done research and proof reading for authors such as Ron Coddington (Military Images magazine), Lance Herdegen, Eric Wittenberg, Dave Powell, Dan Masters, Scott Mingus, Don Troiani and others.

I am currently a contributing editor for Military Images magazine and also a member of Civil War Times advisory board. http://militaryimagesmagazine.com/

I have been a guest contributor to the American Battlefield Trust series of live videos, most recently for the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbAeiJSv1a4&list=PLZrhqv_T1O1ua3pplTJ-nTk5JODx3Eqxt&index=5&t=0s

Over the last 6 years my wife Amy and I have been active supporters of the Seminary Ridge Museum, by donating a reproduction Civil War ambulance, funding the wayside marker that detailing the wounding of Lt. Colonel George McFarland of the 151st Pennsylvania along with donating the material to reconstruct a portion of the “slight barricade of rails” on Seminary Ridge where the Old First Corps of the Army of the Potomac made their final stand on the afternoon of July 1st. http://seminaryridgemuseum.org/ https://youtu.be/I5TSbQnBEzo

My wife Amy and I also provided the funding to enable the creation of the OHIO display at the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin. https://museums.kenosha.org/civilwar/

Currently serving as member of the Adams County Historical Society new museum capital fund raising committee.

In 2018 my friend Phil Harris and I raised the funding needed to restore the badly deteriorated statue of Brigadier General Solomon Meredith that marks his grave in Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City, Indiana. Long Sol commanded the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg. For more on this very worthwhile endeavor please visit the link below: http://www.19thindianaironbrigade.com/Meredith_Restoration.html

I am a proud descendant of both the Gettysburg Fahnestock and Ziegler families and of soldiers who served with the following units during the war: 61st, 142nd and 87th PVI, 57th, 71st, 81st, 99th OVI, 147th OVI and the 26th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

Contact info:

Phil Spaugy

11150 North Cassel Road

Vandalia, Ohio 43577

Cell 937-673-4407

philspaugy@gmail.com

President Ryan ‘s Message:

Our Treasurer’s Report from Pete Zuhars:

Treasurer’s Report for April 2021

Beginning checking account balance 4/1/2021 = $2,710

April receipts = $185.00 (Dues) $5 (book raffle)

April expenses = $0

Ending checking account balance 4/30/2021 = $2,900

January starts our year, so everyone owes their dues again. I realize that we are not spending much on speaker’s now, but we will as the year goes on, and we will probably need to keep spending on technology.  Therefore, I ask that everyone either bring their dues to the meeting or send a check to Pete Zuhars at 4879 Veley Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015.  Dues are $25 per person, $35 for a family or $15 for a student.

I have attached hereto Tom Ayres’ write up on last month’s excellent presentation by Dr. Donald Frazier, “Tempest Over Texas.”  Dr. Frazier did not charge us for his talk; I hope our members followed my example and ordered books from him.

See you on May 12.  

Jamie Ryan
President

Posted by: TC Maurice | April 1, 2021

Meeting Announcement

WHEN: April 14th

Where: La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230
AND on Zoom.

The speaker will NOT be at La Navona but members and guests are welcome to join other members who plan to attend the meeting in person to view the Zoom broadcast.

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Time: 7pm

Speaker: Dr. Donald S. Frazier

Topic: Tempest Over Texas.

Tempest Over Texas
the Fall and Winter Campaigns of 1863-1864

Picking up the story of the Civil War in Louisiana and Texas after the fall of Port Hudson and Vicksburg, Tempest Over Texas is a tale of Confederate confusion. What was left to be done west of the river?  How should the would-be nation carry on in the Trans-Mississippi given the new strategic realities? Where would the next Union blow fall? How could the war effort sustain itself as the severed limb of the CSA?
Likewise, Federal forces gathered from Memphis to New Orleans were in search of a new mission. The destruction of the remaining Confederate armies west of the Mississippi should be no small matter, and the reconstruction of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas should be easy enough to accomplish. Yet, fate intervened. International intrigues and disasters on distant battlefields would all conspire to confuse and perplex war-planners.
Meanwhile, both sides continued to square off in this corner of the war as the national calamity continued to play out.
Based on his book, Tempest Over Texas: The Fall and Winter Campaigns, 1863–1864, the fourth installment in Dr. Donald S. Frazier’s award-winning Louisiana Quadrille series. 

Dr. Donald S. Frazier is the Director of The Texas Center at Schreiner University in Kerrville. A graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University, Frazier is also the award-winning author of five books on the Civil War including Blood and TreasureCottoncladsFire in the Cane Field, Thunder Across the Swamp, and Blood on the Bayou.  His latest work, Tempest Over Texas, was released in 2020. His other work includes serving as co-author of Frontier TexasHistoric Abilene, and The Texas You Expect, as well as general editor of The U.S. and Mexico at War and a collection of letters published as Love and War:  The Civil War Letter and Medicinal Book of Augustus V. Ball

In addition to his teaching duties, Frazier has been very involved in work on Civil War and frontier heritage trails in Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana, and work on historical projects in Europe and Mexico.  He helped design Frontier Texas!, a museum-attraction in Abilene, Texas. He is the writer and director for the video Our Home, Our Rights:  Texas and Texans in the Civil War, a winner of the Mitchell Wilder Award for Excellence in Publications and Media Design from the Texas Association of Museums. Come and Take It, a treatment of the life story of Susannah Dickinson, is his first full length play. 

Dr. Frazier is an elected member of the prestigious Philosophical Society of Texas, the oldest learned organization in the state, a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, and a Director-Scholar on the board of the Texas Historical Foundation.

Posted by: TC Maurice | March 1, 2021

Meeting Announcement

When: March 10th

Where: La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230
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Time: 7pm

Speaker: Sam Hood

Topic: “Patriots Twice: Former Confederates and the Building of America after the Civil War.”

After the Civil War, former Confederates integrated into the newly reunified United States and many attained positions of prominence in the federal government, the U.S. military, higher education, medicine, law, science, industry and commerce, the arts, and philanthropy. Ten postwar U.S. presidents beginning with Ulysses S. Grant appointed former Confederates to positions including supreme court justices, U.S. attorney generals, U.S. Navy secretaries, diplomats, and U.S. Army generals during the Spanish-American War. Former Confederates were elected mayors of such unlikely cities as Los Angeles and Minneapolis. Confederates became presidents of the American Medical Association, American Medical Association, the American Chemical Society, the American Surgical Association, the Sierra Club, and others. Former Confederates founded many colleges and universities–some for African-Americans and women–and served as presidents of universities such as Cal-Berkeley.  

Stephen M. “Sam” Hood is a collateral descendent of Confederate General John Bell Hood. Sam is a retired industrial construction company owner, and lives in Myrtle Beach SC with his wife of 43 years, the former Martha Ann Hager. He is a 1970 graduate of Kentucky Military Institute, and earned a BBA in Marketing from Marshall University in 1976. Sam served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has had a lifelong interest in Civil War history and the sport of soccer, of which he is a member of the West Virginia Soccer Association Hall of Fame. His book John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General won the 2013 Albert Castel Civil War History Book of the Year Award and the 2014 Walt Whitman Civil War History Book of the Year Award. Sam’s 2015 books The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood was awarded the Bonnie Blue Book Award by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. His latest book is Patriots Twice: Former Confederates and the Building of America after the Civil War. Sam is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of Confederate Veterans, past member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Gray Education Society of Chatham VA, and is past president of the Board of Directors of Confederate Memorial Hall Museum in New Orleans.

March Presidents Message

I have attached hereto Tom Ayres’ write up on last month’s excellent presentation by our own member Mark Laubacher, “A Hospital of Firsts: USS Red Rover.” 

Our Treasurer’s Report from Pete Zuhars:

Treasurer’s Report for February 2021

Beginning checking account balance 1/1/2021 = $2210.10

January receipts = $145.00

January expenses = $0

Ending checking account balance 2/26/2021 = $2355.10

January starts our year, so everyone owes their dues again. I realize that we are not spending much on speaker’s now, but we will as the year goes on, and we will probably need to keep spending on technology.  Therefore, I ask that everyone either bring their dues to the meeting or send a check to Pete Zuhars at 4879 Veley Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015.  Dues are $25 per person, $35 for a family or $15 for a student.

As a note of interest, Fort Steuben in Steubenville has a display of Civil War antiquities from February 22 until March 19. 

See you on March 10! 

Jamie Ryan
President

Posted by: TC Maurice | January 29, 2021

Meeting Announcement

When: February 10th

Where:  La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230
AND on Zoom

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Mark Laubacher, Roundtable member

Topic: ” A Hospital of Firsts: USS Red Rover

My Fellow Roundtable Members:  Our next meeting will be February 10, 2021 at 7 pm at La Navona, 154 North Hamilton, Gahanna, Ohio. Our speaker will be our own member Mark Laubacher, and his topic will be “A Hospital of Firsts: USS Red Rover.”  Mark will be presenting in person for those of you who wish to come to La Navona. Ed Chadwick will also be supervising our Zoom broadcast of the meeting (see below for the link).  I have personally seen an overview of this program when we conducted a practice session last week, and I think this will be a great presentation of a topic of vast importance that most of us know very little about. I encourage you to attend (either live or virtually); I think you will learn a lot and be very entertained.

If you come to La Navona on February 10, please follow all the normal COVID-19 protocols: wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Here is the Zoom link:

Topic: February 10 Roundtable Meeting

Time: Feb 10, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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I have attached Tom Ayres’ report on our January debate (which, in my opinion, was really good).

Our Treasurer’s Report from Pete Zuhars:

Treasurer’s Report for January 2021

Beginning checking account balance 1/1/2021 = $2190.10

January receipts = $20.00

January expenses = $0

Ending checking account balance 1/29/2021 = $2210.10

January starts our year, so everyone owes their dues again. I realize that we are not spending much on speaker’s now, but we will as the year goes on, and we will probably need to keep spending on technology.  Therefore, I ask that everyone either bring their dues to the meeting or send a check to Pete Zuhars at 4879 Veley Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015.  Dues are $25 per person, $35 for a family or $15 for a student.

See you on February 10! 

Posted by: TC Maurice | January 5, 2021

Meeting Announcement

WHEN: January 13th 2021

Where: THERE WILL BE NO INPERSON COMPONENT OF THE MEETING THIS MONTH. THE MEETING WILL BE ENTIRELY CONDUCTED VIA ZOOM.

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Time: 7pm

Speaker: You! This will be a roundtable member participation event.

TOPIC: Examples of good & bad cooperation in joint Army-Navy operations during the Civil War.

Presidents Message; My Fellow Members:  Happy New Year. I hope everyone is healthy and doing well.   Our next meeting on January 13 will be our annual Roundtable debate.  This will be a completely virtual meeting.  Ed and Tim will run the technical aspects of the Zoom meeting, and I will serve as debate moderator.  The topic will be examples of good & bad cooperation in joint Army-Navy operations during the Civil War. I have already heard from several members who have good information to contribute to the discussion. I encourage everyone to participate; Ed and Tim will have a “raise hand” function worked out on Zoom,  so we can all jump in and not worry about speaking over someone else.

I will circulate the Zoom link for the January 13 meeting a couple of days before the 13th.

For more information on the debate and the Roundtable in general, please go to our website at http://www.Centralohiocwrt.wordpress.com. 

Treasurer’s Report from Pete Zuhars:

Treasurer’s Report for December 2020

Beginning checking account balance 12/1/2020 = $2190.10

November receipts = $20.00 donation

November expenses = $0

Ending checking account balance 12/31/2020 = $2210.10

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