Posted by: cocwrt | April 22, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When:   May 11th

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

Time:      7pm

Speaker:  Daniel Davis

Topic:  “Rock Hurler George Crook, the Army of West Virginia and the Battle of Fishers Hill.”

Mr. Davis will present on George Crook’s role in the Battle of Fisher’s Hill. Better known for his campaigns against the American Indians following the Civil War, Crook’s actions atdandavis-stoneman Fisher’s Hill played a major part in the Union victory. In Mr. Davis’ presentation The Rock Hurler, he will discuss Crook’s military background, the events leading up to and the battle and its aftermath. He will also examine the efforts to minimalize Crook’s contributions while placing them in their proper context.

Daniel Davis is managing editor and chief historian of the Emerging Civil War. He is a graduate of Longwood University with a B.A. in Public History. Dan has worked as a historian at both Appomattox Court House National Historic Site and at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with his wife Katy and Beagle mix, Bayla.
He is the co-author of several books in the Emerging Civil War Series, Bloody Autumn: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 and Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor and Calamity in Carolina: The Battles Averasboro and Bentonville with Phillip Greenwalt and Fight Like the Devil: The First Day at Gettysburg July 1, 1863 with Chris Mackowski and Kris White. Along with Eric Wittenberg, he is near completion on a book in the Series on Brandy Station.

Emerging Civil War


Posted by: cocwrt | March 26, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When: April 13th

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

Time: 7pm

Speaker:  Kathleen Logothetis Thompson

Topic:   ” A Field of Monuments: Commemoration at Gettysburg.”

Visitors traveling over the Gettysburg battlefield today marvel at the more than thirteen hundred monuments and markers dotting the field. While the monuments were placed over time by groups trying to tell their own stories and perspectives of the battle and the war as a whole, many visitors see them all as part of the same commemorative story, placed all at once on the field. In reality, the formation of Gettysburg as the central, most commemorated, and most visited field of the Civil War is a story that has many stages that bring us to the modern field we know today. The work of one man created the legacy of Gettysburg as the crucial turning point of the Civil War and coined the term “High Water Mark” of the war and of the Confederacy. The process of reunion and reconciliation motivated Union regiments to place hundreds of monuments on the field and compete for access to the most famous spots of fighting. And the centennial and modern versions of commemoration have added the Confederate voice to the battlefield and shaped the battlefield in significant ways even into this century. The Gettysburg that we visit today is the product of 150+ years of commemoration, and the process continues today with the recent work of the NPS to reshape visitor experiences.

Kathleen Logothetis Thompson graduated from Siena College in May 2010 with a B.A. in 1354645941_smHistory and a Certificate in Revolutionary Era Studies.  She earned her M.A. in History from West Virginia University in May 2012.  Her thesis “A Question of Life or Death: Suicide and Survival in the Union Army” examines wartime suicide among Union soldiers, its causes, and the reasons that army saw a relatively low suicide rate.  She is currently pursuing her PhD at West Virginia University with research on mental trauma in the Civil War.  In addition, Kathleen was a seasonal interpreter at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park between 2010 and 2014, and is the co-editor of Civil Discourse, a blog on the long Civil War.

Civil Discourse Blog




Posted by: cocwrt | March 2, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When:  March 9th

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

Time:  7pm

Speaker:  William Vodrey

Topic: The battle of New Hope Church

The Battle of New Hope Church was just one of many hard-fought but now little-remembered clashes between the United States forces led by William T. Sherman and the Confederate army led by Joseph E. Johnston.  When they met on the road to Atlanta, Ga. in late May 1864, their soldiers once more learned the wisdom of quickly entrenching and building fortifications – and the difficulty and often lethal result of having to attack them.  Once the battle was over, Sherman resumed his inexorable march towards the vital rail hub and population center of Atlanta.  Come find out why.

William F.B. Vodrey is a magistrate of Cleveland Municipal Court and a former president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable. Born and raised in East Liverpool, Ohio, he graduated with honors from Oberlin College, later receiving his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Magistrate Vodrey has been interested in the Civil War for many years, and often speaks on Civil War topics to roundtables and historical societies. He is a member of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable, Civil War Trust, Blue & Gray Education Society, Ohio History Connection, Friends of Mount Vernon, National History Day and the Sons of the American Revolution. He is also a former reenactor with the 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. B, in which he skyrocketed in just five short years to the rank of corporal. His article “George Washington: Hero of the Confederacy?” appeared in American History magazine. Vodrey lives in Cleveland with his wife Susan and their three boys.
Posted by: cocwrt | February 2, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When:  February 10th

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

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Roundtable Member Roy Nichols

Topic:  “The Fighting Piatts”.

Mr. Nichols will focus on members of the illustrious Piatt family who were active in the Civil War, mainly:

  • Brig. Gen. Abram Sanders Piatt; his brother:
  • Col. Donn Piatt;  their cousin:
  • Gen. Edward R. S. Canby; and their nephew:
  • Maj. Gen. Benjamin Piatt Runkle.

Biographical information :

  • High School: Ashland, OH
  • B.A., Gordon College (north of Boston), 1968
  • Also studied at Free University of Amsterdam (Neth.) 1967 and in M.A.T. program at Oberlin College, 1968.
  • taught high school  history and American Government 4 years in Lorain County while attending law school by night.
  • J.D., Cleveland Marshall Law school, 1972.
  • Attorney employed by state of OH, 1972-83; rose to Division Chief.
  • Private practice of law after 1983; also taught paralegal courses.
  • Retired since late 2008.     In retirement I have enjoyed such activities as:
  • Storytellers of Central Ohio
  • Participating in Vaudvillities shows
  • Buckeye Santas
  • Historical Presentations
Posted by: cocwrt | January 6, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When: January 13th

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

Time: 7pm

Speaker: You!   Annual membership discussion

Topic: Civil War books and Magazines.

This month the membership will have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of the Civil War book and magazine world, the good the bad and the ugly. Have a book that is near and dear to your heart? bring it and share it with us. Feel that there is an area of the war that needs further or a modern study? Tell us about it. Have pictures of your library? Bring Them! Best Publisher? Worst Publisher? Okay I think you get the point, so please join us on the 13th for a lively and wide ranging friendly discussion. Thanks to Brad Snyder for suggesting this topic.


Mike Peters?



Posted by: cocwrt | November 30, 2015

No December Meeting



Merry Christmas to All.



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