Posted by: TC Maurice | August 31, 2021

Meeting Announcement

When: September 8th

Where:

La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230

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

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Time: 7pm

Speaker: Eric Buckland

Topic: “Some of My Favorite Stories”

Eric Buckland will present a talk entitled, “Some of My Favorite
Stories.”
He will begin with a brief introduction of Mosby’s Rangers and then
provide detailed stories about the lives and experiences of several of the
men who rode with COL John S. Mosby’s famous 43 rd Battalion
Virginia Cavalry – Mosby’s Rangers.

Eric Buckland has written several books about the lives of some of the
men who rode with the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry – Mosby’s Rangers.
During the last ten years, he has given over 100 presentations about the stories
in his books. He has also appeared on C-Span twice and local cable stations in
Virginia on several occasions.
Eric graduated from the University of Kansas and was commissioned a
Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. The majority of his 22-year
military career was spent in Special Forces. He retired in 1999 as a Lieutenant
Colonel.
Some of his awards include the Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, Master
Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Combat Diver Badge and the Combat
Infantryman’s Badge.
He recently began his third term as President of The Stuart-Mosby
Historical Society.
Eric and his wife, Maureen, have been married for over 42 years and
reside in Centreville, VA. They have three sons and three grandsons.

Posted by: TC Maurice | August 4, 2021

Meeting Announcement

When: August 11th 2021

Where:

La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230

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

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Time: 7pm

Speaker: Eric Wittenberg

Topic:Six Days of Awful Fighting: Cavalry on the Roads to Cold Harbor.”

Most students of the American Civil War know about the terrible fighting that occurred at Cold Harbor in Hanover County, Virginia, from June 1–3, 1864. However, few know about the severe cavalry fighting leading up to the battle of Cold Harbor. From May 27 to June 1, the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac and the Cavalry Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia slugged it out at places like Hanovertown, Haw’s Shop, Matadequin Creek, Hanover Court House, Ashland, and, finally, Cold Harbor itself, setting the stage for the well-known infantry battle that broke out on the afternoon of June 1, 1864. One cannot truly understand how the battle of Cold Harbor played out unless one also understands how the armies got there. This book brings the armies to the battle of Cold Harbor. The May 28, 1864, battle of Haw’s Shop was considered the harshest cavalry battle of the war to date; but, it was eclipsed two weeks later by the battle of Trevilian Station. Haw’s Shop marked Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton’s emergence as the new commander of the Army of Northern Virginia’s Cavalry Corps in the wake of the death of the lamented cavalry chief, Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, 16 days earlier.

Eric J. Wittenberg is an award-winning historian, blogger, speaker and tour guide. His specialty is Civil War cavalry operations, and much of his work has focused on the Gettysburg Campaign. He is the author of 18 published books on the Civil War and more than three dozen articles that have appeared in various national magazines. He is also deeply involved in battlefield preservation work and often assists the Civil War Trust with its efforts, and is also a member of the Governor of Ohio’s Advisory Commission on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. He is a native of southeastern Pennsylvania, and was educated at Dickinson College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is an attorney in private practice. He and his wife Susan and their three golden retrievers reside in Columbus, Ohio.

Presidents Message:

My Fellow Roundtable Members:  Our next meeting will be August 11, 2021 at 7 pm at La Navona, 154 North Hamilton, Gahanna, Ohio. Our speaker will be our member Eric Wittenberg. Eric’s topic will be “Six Days of Awful Fighting: Cavalry on the Roads to Cold Harbor.”   Few people know about the severe cavalry fighting leading up to the battle of Cold Harbor. From May 27 to June 1, 1864, the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac and the Cavalry Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia slugged it out at places like Hanovertown, Haw’s Shop, Matadequin Creek, Hanover Court House and Ashland. Eric will be presenting in person at La Navona.  

I have attached hereto Mike Peters’ write up on last month’s excellent presentation by Phillip Greenwalt on “Florida at Gettysburg” discussing David Lang’s “Florida Brigade.” 

Our Treasurer’s Report from Pete Zuhars: 

Treasurer’s Report for July 2021

Beginning balance       $2,866.48

Deposit/book raffle            10.00

Ending balance             $2,876.48

See you on August 11.

Jamie Ryan, President COCWRT





Posted by: TC Maurice | July 6, 2021

Meeting Announcement

When; July 14th

Where: La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230 AND on Zoom. Mr. Greenwalt will be presenting remotely via Zoom. Members are welcome to meet at La Navona as usual to view the Zoom broadcast.

Here is the Zoom link:

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Time: 7pm

Speaker: Phil Greenwalt

Topic: Florida at Gettysburg

“The smallest brigade in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Gettysburg Campaign was the “Florida Brigade.” The command consisted of three regiments totaling approximately 770 men when General Robert E. Lee invaded Maryland and Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863. Fitting since, as the smallest, in population size, of the seceded states, was Florida itself. Yet, these three regiments; the 2nd, 5th, and 8th Florida were asked to do a herculean task on two of the days of the engagement. Due to their paltry numbers and afterward limited primary sources their history has largely been overshadowed. Read William Faulkner’s famous excerpt on Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg from his 1948 book Intruder in the Dust. He mentions Armistead, Kemper, Garnett, and even Wilcox. No mention of Lang or the Floridians. Walk the Union line near the now famous Copse of Trees on Cemetery Ridge and you see a dated map on one of the markers. The plaque highlights the routes taken by Pickett, Pettigrew, Trimble, and Wilcox. No mention of Lang or the Floridians. Took a century from the conclusion of that disastrous charge of July 3rd for a monument to be dedicated to the Floridians who sacrificed so much on two of the three days of carnage that marked the Battle of Gettysburg. Until then, besides the Perry Brigade markers, no mention of Lang or the Floridians. Their role in the engagement has been marginalized and distorted. Their heroism and determination in two assaults across open ground questioned and slandered. What these three regiments attempted, with already depleted ranks, was amazing and due for more recognition than the history of the battle has afforded them.

Phillip S. Greenwalt is the co-founder of Emerging Revolutionary War and a full-time historian with Emerging Civil War. He is the author or co-author of five books on the American Revolution and American CIvil Wars. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit University and a graduate degree in American history from George Mason University. He is a 13-year veteran of the National Park Service. But, most importantly he is a native Baltimorean and still admits to being a die-hard Baltimore Orioles fan.”


My Fellow Roundtable Members:  Our next meeting will be July 14, 2021 at 7 pm at La Navona, 154 North Hamilton, Gahanna, Ohio. Our speaker will be Phillip Greenwalt, and his topic will be “Florida at Gettysburg” which will discuss David Lang’s “Florida Brigade.”  This small command consisted of three regiments totaling approximately 770 men.  According to Phil, “their heroism and determination in two assaults across open ground has been questioned and slandered. What these three regiments attempted, with already depleted ranks, was amazing and due for more recognition than the history of the battle has afforded them.”

Mr. Greenwalt will be presenting by Zoom, which we will broadcast at La Navona (as well as to those members who attend remotely).  I will be on vacation at my family’s cabin in Minnesota, so I will be one of those remote attendees.

Phil is the co-founder of Emerging Revolutionary War and a full-time historian with Emerging Civil War. Mr. Greenwalt presented to our Roundtable last September on the Battle of Olustee.  For more information about Mr. Greenwalt and his presentation topic, see our website at www.centralohiocwrt.wordpress.com

Here is the Zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 879 7253 7331
Passcode: 347765


Or call in at: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 879 7253 7331
Passcode: 347765

For more information on our July 14 meeting, Phillip Greenwalt and the Roundtable in general, please go to our website at www.centralohiocwrt.wordpress.com.

I have attached hereto Tom Ayres’ write up on last month’s excellent presentation by Darryl R. Smith on the Battle of Cynthiana, Kentucky.

Our Treasurer’s Report from Pete Zuhars:

Treasurer’s Report for June 2021

Beginning checking account balance 6/1/2021 = $3,030.62

June receipts = $25.00 (Dues and donations)

Book Raffle = $22

June expenses = $211.14 (speaker fee and Zoom subscription)

Ending checking account balance 5/30/2021 = $2,866.48

If you have not paid your 2021 dues yet, either bring the 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 (remotely) on July 14.  

Jamie Ryan
President COCWRT

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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Passcode: 498468

Or call in at 1-301-715-8592 and enter the Meeting ID and/or Passcode.

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.

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