Posted by: TC Maurice | December 1, 2017

Meeting Announcement

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Merry Christmas to all and see everyone January 10th

Posted by: TC Maurice | November 1, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When: November 8th 2017

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

Time:  7pm

Speaker:  Wade Sokolosky  COL (Ret) U.S. Army

Topic:    “To Prepare for Sherman’s Coming” The Battle of Wise’s Forks

History has relegated the Battle of Wise’s (Wyse) Forks, March 7–11, to little more than an insignificant skirmish during the final days of the Civil War. Indeed, most histories mention it not at all. Wade Sokolosky’s and Mark A. Smith’s “To Prepare for Sherman’s Coming”: The Battle of Wise’s Forks, March 1865 erases this misconception and elevates this battle and its related operations to the historical status it deserves. download (2)
By March 1865, the Confederacy was on its last legs. Its armies were depleted, food and resources were scarce, and morale was low. Gen. Robert E. Lee was barely holding on to his extended lines around Richmond and Petersburg, and Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman was operating with nearly complete freedom in North Carolina on his way north to form a junction with Union forces in Virginia. As the authors demonstrate, the fighting that is the subject of this book came about when Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant initiated a broad military operation to assist Sherman.|

The responsibility for ensuring a functioning railroad from New Bern to Goldsboro
rested with Maj. Gen. Jacob D. Cox. On March 2, 1865, Cox ordered his hastily assembled Provisional Corps to march toward Goldsboro. In response to Cox’s movement, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston executed a bold but risky plan to divert troops away from Sherman by turning back Cox’s advance. Under the command of the aggressive but controversial Gen. Braxton Bragg, the Confederates stood for four days and successfully halted Cox at Wise’s Forks. This delay provided Johnston with the precious time he needed to concentrate his forces and fight the large and important Battle of Bentonville. 

Colonel (Ret.) Wade Sokolosky, a native of Beaufort, North Carolina, is a graduate of East Carolina University and a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He is one of North Carolina’s leading experts of the 1865 Carolinas Campaign. Wade has lectured throughout the Carolinas, speaking to roundtables, various societies and organizations, and at historical sites.  download (1)

He is the co-author (with Mark A. Smith) of “No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar”: Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign from Fayetteville to Averasboro, released this January in an updated and expanded version, and the author of “Final Roll Call” Confederate Losses during the Carolinas Campaign.”

Wade’s most recent book, co-authored with Smith, “To Prepare for Sherman’s Coming”: The Battle of Wise’s Forks, March 1865 erases the misconception that the four-day battle was little more than an insignificant skirmish and elevates this combat action and its related operations to the historical status it deserves.  Chosen as the winner of the Civil War Books and Authors Best Book of the Year for 2015, Battle/Campaign Histories – Eastern Theater category. 

His next project, “Kiss Him for His Mother”: NC’s Confederate Hospitals During the 1865 Carolinas Campaign is due out in August 2017.  Long term, Wade is working on a book-length study of the Confederate Army of Tennessee during the Civil War’s final months in the Carolinas. 

He is the recipient of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table’s 2017 T. Harry Gatton Award for his important efforts to study, preserve and share the Civil War heritage of his native North Carolina.

Friends of Bentonville Battlefield

Wade Sokolosky COL (Ret) U.S. Army Website

Presidents Message




Posted by: TC Maurice | October 5, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When: October 11th

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

Time:  7pm

Speaker/Performer:  Steve Ball

Topic:  Civil War Music

  Steve Ball is a musician from Columbus Ohio specializing in the music of the American Civil War, and the music and life of Stephen Foster. Steve has studied the American Civil War since his teens, and has devoted the past twenty years to studying the music of this era in American history. Steve has done programs for the Ohio Statehouse, the National Civil War Museum, the American Civil War Museum of Ohio, and countless historical societies, genealogical societies, libraries, museums, Civil War Round Tables and other historical venues such as re-enactments or living history programs.
He has released two CD’s of the music of the Civil War and is currently working on a CDdownload of Stephen Foster tunes. Steve has been an instructor for Life Long Learning through Central Ohio Technical College. He also provides the music for the annual Springfield Ohio Civil War Symposium, and is the narrator for the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Civil War Brass Band. He is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust. He has participated in the annual Windham New York Civil War Music Gathering, and the Gettysburg Music Muster at the Gettysburg Military Park visitor center.

This presentation features tunes starting in the mid 1850’s that would become important regarding the climate of the country before the war began in 1861. As the presentation unfolds, there will be patriotic songs cherished by both sides, a sing along, and finally tunes that reflected the oss and melancholy the war would produce. The history and influence of each tune is shared, as well as the progress of the war itself.
Approximately 55 minutes.

Presidents Message

Steve Ball Civil War Music

Honor Our Legacy

Posted by: TC Maurice | September 6, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When:   September 13th

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

Time:      7pm

Speaker: Greg Biggs


 No army in history moved without a secure line of supplies especially if it moved into enemy territory.  If an army got cut off from its supplies then calamity usually followed often ending in defeat and/or destruction.  When William T. Sherman set his sights on Atlanta he prepared for the supplying of his army in a manner that surpassed every other Civil War general.  Rebuilding railroads and confiscating locomotives and cars to haul supplies, Sherman set a daily goal for shipments to his forward base in Chattanooga. Ruthless in making sure that only supplies got on the cars, Sherman also had to worry about protecting the line of rails that ran back to Louisville, Kentucky from Confederate raiders.  Building on a system begun by William S. Rosecrans, Sherman’s engineers built forts and blockhouses and prepared pre-fabricated trestles for replacing those brought down by Confederate raiders.  While his preparations were masterful and thorough, they were not without some flaws.  This program will examine the nuts and bolts of these logistics and cover the errors that were also made.  In the end, his supply line performed as expected and Atlanta was captured.  This set the stage for two more campaigns that Sherman would undertake before the war ended in April 1865 as well as logistics for more modern wars.

Greg Biggs has studied military history from the Spartans to modern wars for over 50 years with concentrations on the Napoleonic Era; Civil War; World War 2 and military flags of the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Greg has consulted with several museums,dsc_00784-e1316083429615 collectors and auction houses on Civil War flags as well as having written several articles on the topic in SCV publications, North-South Trader and Civil War News.  He has also done research for several Civil War authors and has written articles for Blue & Gray Magazine, Civil War News, Citizens Companion and others.  Greg has lead tours for Civil War groups of the Fort Donelson, Atlanta, Chickamauga-Chattanooga and Tullahoma Campaigns as well as tours of the Cairo/Mound City, IL area covering the start of the river campaigns.  He has also done numerous staff rides for US Army units stationed at Fort Campbell, KY.  Greg lives in Clarksville, TN with his wife Karel and the four cavalry cats.  He is president of the Clarksville CWRT as well as an officer of the Bowling Green and Nashville CWRTs.

Civil War Trust: Flags of the Civil War

September Presidents Message


Posted by: TC Maurice | August 2, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When: August 9th

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

Time:  7pm

Speaker:  Matt White, Roundtable Member

Topic:  “Part and Parcel of the Late Rebellion”: The French Intervention War and the End of the American Civil War.

After Lee signed the instrument of surrender at Appomattox, Grant’s aide-de-camp Horace Porter remembered that the first words Grant uttered were “on to Mexico.”  He wasn’t joking about his Mexican War experience, he was serious.  In a month Grant ordered 25,000 troops to the Mexican border, 16,000 of whom were of the largely African-American 25th Corps. Grant stated in his orders “if war is to be made, they will be in the right place.”  To Grant, the French invasion of Mexico was “part and parcel of the late rebellion” and the Civil War would not truly be over until the French were thrown out of Mexico.  Grant wasn’t alone in his opinion, many people on both sides of1004cb182492c9c5efb58b40731d5b97 the border and both sides of the conflict understood the war in similar ways.  This talk will briefly explain the French Intervention War, and why and how ex-Confederates and the United States affected it.  We’ll cover battles like Palmito Ranch and Bagdad, and people like George Washington Williams, Henry Young, Jo Shelby, Phil Sheridan, Lew Wallace, RIP Ford, John Mosby, Dick Gatling, and a slew of other characters who became involved. Hopefully by the end of the talk you’ll never think of Cinco de Mayo the same way again.

Presidents Message

Posted by: TC Maurice | June 29, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When:      July 12th

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

Time:        7pm

Speaker:  Howard Strouse

Topic:       Civil War Atrocities.

Mr. Strouse’s Civil War Atrocities talk centers on a number of shameful incidents that happened during the Civil War. We infrequently hear of the dark side of our Civil War and of the perpetrators who escaped prosecution and justice. Considered among others are John Brown, the Cook County, Texas Vigilance Committee, George Pickett, Nathan Forrest and John Pope.

Howard Strouse, a native of Ohio, was born during World War II. He has been a student1014Ns-Entertainment-Howard-Strouse of 19th Century History for more than fifty years. He holds advanced degrees in American History and Government, and in Criminal Justice and Law 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.

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.

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