Posted by: cocwrt | July 1, 2015

Meeting Announcement

When:  July 8th

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:  Zachary Cowsert

Topic:  “The Civil War in Indian Territory”

In early months of 1861, Native-Americans of the “Five Civilized Tribes” (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole) looked on with increasing fear and consternation as the Union tore itself apart.  These proud tribes, once residents of the southeastern United States, had been removed several decades prior to Indian Territory (modern Oklahoma).  As the nascent Confederacy grew, Native-Americans faced a crossroads:  should they ally with the South, attempt neutrality, or remain loyal to the United States?

In this presentation, Zac Cowsert explores the political dilemma faced by Indian leaders in the summer of 1861, and how those decisions produced one of the most destructive Indian wars in American history, leaving Indian Territory in ruins and its inhabitants destitute or dead.Zach

Zac Cowsert graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science.  He is currently pursuing his doctorate in history at West Virginia University, where he also earned his master’s degree in history.  His master’s thesis explored the Civil War in Indian Territory, a topic upon which he hopes to build his dissertation. Zac has worked previously for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.  He contributes to Civil Discourse, a blog of the Civil War era, and his work has appeared in Hallowed Ground magazine of the Civil War Trust.

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Posted by: cocwrt | May 26, 2015

Meeting Announcement

When: June 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: Howard Strouse

Topic: “Lew Wallace; Glory in which arena?”wallace

The path to fame for this American soldier, political figure, and 19th Century author, was diverse and replete with setbacks.  As a youth, Wallace yearned for recognition as a soldier; but he was an indifferent student, and lacked the educational commitment required for admission to West Point. He studied law and became an attorney; but he never really liked the legal profession. He dabbled in politics; but, it took our Civil War to set him on a remarkable path to lasting fame and glory as a soldier, governor, and author.

Howard Strouse, a native of Ohio, was born during World War II.  He has been a student of 19th Century History for more than fifty years.   He holds advanced degrees in American History and Government from Webster University in St Louis.He worked as a Federal Special Agent, and as a Director in a major security program with the Department of Defense.  After a career that spanned almost thirty-six years, he retired from the Federal Civil Service in 1999.strousehoward

He is a current member of several civil war roundtables, and he is a past General-in-Chief in Columbus, Ohio.  He is a frequent lecturer at roundtables, colleges and universities; and at civic organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and Mensa.  With his wife Pat, Howard lives in Ohio during the summer months, and in Arizona during the winter.

Posted by: cocwrt | May 6, 2015

Meeting Announcement

When: May 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: Van Young, Roundtable Member

Topic:  What if the South had won the Civil War?

Van will be sharing his thoughts on ‘What if the South had won the Civil War’.  A controversial and debatable subject as to the question of what would our life, country, and world be like if the war had a different outcome.  He will share his “alternate history” views on how the South could have won the war and the impact it would have had on U.S. geography, economics, slavery, civil rights, and global consequences.   Which major battles could the South had won?  What if Lincoln had lost the 1864 election?  Where would you be living, and would your life be better or worse off than it is today?

Van was born and raised in Ohio.  He has been a resident of Columbus for the last 34 years.  One of his retirement goals was spend time studying and learning about the Civil War since his retirement in 2012 from AT&T.   Van is active in two other area civil war organizations and is part of a Worthington Presidential Round Table discussion group that meets on Monday mornings at the Griswold Center.  He spoke recently on the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee and soon will speak on the subject of Lincoln and Colonization.

He resides with his wife Nancy in Worthington and looks forward to visiting many of the battlefields and museums associated with the Civil War and our American history.

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Posted by: cocwrt | April 20, 2015

Lincoln Funeral Train

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Four years ago, the National Park Service commemorated the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s inaugural journey to Washington, DC with first person interpretive programs of Lincoln in all of the major cities that Lincoln visited on the day that he made his visit. This year, the National Park Service will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Funeral with programs in each of the major cities that held a funeral for Lincoln from Washington, DC to Springfield, Illinois on the day the funerals were held. The program consists of an introduction by a National Park Service ranger, followed by a one hour presentation of Lincoln by accomplished Lincoln actor, Fritz Klein The presentation will focus on Lincoln’s vision for America as he expressed it during his life, his vision of moving the nation from civil war to civil rights.

Wednesday April 29th 2015
Ohio State Capitol
6:00pm

Abraham Lincoln’s Journey Home

Posted by: cocwrt | March 29, 2015

Meeting Announcement

When: April 8th

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: Dale Phillips; Superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, IL.

Topic: The Capture of New Orleans – April 1862

From the moment the Civil War began the principle objectives of the Union war effort, as part of the Anaconda Plan, were to blockade southern ports of entry and capture the Mississippi River Valley. Both these elements came into play when we look at the Union approach to the city of New Orleans. A great deal of attention has always been given to the Union advance and the Confederate defense of the upper Mississippi Valley. Only a small amount of attention has been given to the story of what took place at the mouth of the river and in the lower delta. Mr Phillips presentation will look at the April 1862 capture of New Orleans, the largest city in the Confederacy, and its implications to the Confederate cause. The battle itself, and the running past Forts Jackson and St. Philip by the fleet of David Farragut, will be the cornerstone of his presentation. He will examine the Confederate attempts to defend the city despite a lack of support from the government in Richmond. We will examine in detail the Confederate attempt to defend the lower river. This will include the little know effort to construct a River Defense Fleet anchored by, what would have been the most powerful ironclads the Confederacy would ever try to construct, the powerful CSS Louisiana and Mississippi.

Dale is a native of New Jersey. He earned his BA degree in American History from York College of Pennsylvania in 1978download. He began working for the National Park service as an interpreter at Gettysburg in 1976. His other duties have included being a law enforcement ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville, Illinois, a interpretive ranger at Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina, supervisory park ranger/historian at Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Military Park, unit manager of the Chalmette (Battle of New Orleans site) Unit of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, unit manager of the Acadian Unit of Jean Lafitte, and superintendent of the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.

His present position is that of superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, IL. He has written numerous articles on U.S. military history for various publications. He has also work as a guide/lecturer for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, Civil War Roundtables, and other history touring organizations. His area of expertise is from the colonial period (French and Indian War) through the American Civil War. Dale is married to the former Carol Patton Bernstein of Shreveport, Louisiana. They have one daughter, Laura, who attends college in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Posted by: cocwrt | February 25, 2015

Meeting Announcement

When: March 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: Chris Mackowski,  Professor of Journalism & Mass Communications at St. Bonaventure & Emerging Civil War co-founder, and author.

Topic:  “Battle of the Bloody Angle.”

For twenty-two straight hours, in torrential downpours, up to their knees in mud and blood, Federals and ConfederatesLayout 1 slugged it out in the most intense sustained hand-to-hand combat of the war. A panopoly of horror, one soldier called it. A Saturnalia of blood. Hell’s Half-Acre. The slaughter pen of Spotsylvania. Most remember it simply as the Bloody Angle.

Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief of Emerging Civil War and managing editor of the Emerging Civil War Series. He is a professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, and historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia. He has also worked as a historian for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he gives tours at four major Civil War battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and downloadSpotsylvania), as well as at the building where Stonewall Jackson died. Chris serves on the national advisory board for the Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie

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