Posted by: TC Maurice | January 29, 2020

Meeting Announcement

When: February 12th

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

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Eric J. Wittenberg

Topic: “No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar”: Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign of 1865.

This talk addresses Sherman’s campaign to eviscerate the Carolinas in the winter of 1865. Intended to break the morale of the people of the Carolinas, and to punish South Carolina for starting the war, Sherman and his 60,000 men had to build roads through bottomless Lowland swamps in South Carolina, marking their way across the state in 28 days, culminating with the burning of the state capital, Columbia on February 17. Along the way, Union cavalry under Bvt. Maj. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick was ambushed by the cavalry of Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler in the streets of the town of Aiken on February 11, 1865 in one of the final battlefield victories for the Confederacy. Kilpatrick was nearly captured, and only hard fighting by his command permitted it to escape. The campaign then entered North Carolina, climaxing with the brutal three-day battle at Bentonville from March 19-21. Gen. Joseph Johnston, with a scratch force of about 19,000 men, nearly defeated Sherman in detail at Bentonville before Union numbers finally overwhelmed Johnston’s small army. Eric J. Wittenberg will address these events.

Eric J. Wittenberg, a native of southeastern Pennsylvania, was educated at Dickinson Eric-2College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He manages the litigation practice at Cook, Sladoje & Wittenberg Co., L.P.A. Wittenberg is the author of 18 published books on the Civil War, and has won several awards for his work. His specialty is cavalry operations, with a particular emphasis on mounted operations in the Gettysburg Campaign. He frequently works with the Civil War Trust on various preservation projects, was a member of the Governor of Ohio’s Advisory Commission on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and is a past president of the Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable. He, his wife Susan, and their three golden retrievers live in Columbus, Ohio.

February Presidents Message

 

Posted by: TC Maurice | January 8, 2020

Meeting Announcement

When:           JANUARY 15th 2020   PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DATE IS THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH.

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

Time:             7pm

Speaker:       You!  Annual Roundtable debate.

Topic:            What would have happened if the Confederates won the Civil War?”

Our annual debate topic will be “What would have happened if the Confederates won the Civil War?” Since this is a purely speculative question, there is no obvious right or wrong answer, so everyone should feel free to pitch in with their opinions and guesses.  We are looking for our members’ ideas on what would have happened to the United States and the Confederacy, and how would the 20th Century have been different? How would today be different?

January Presidents Message

 

Posted by: TC Maurice | January 2, 2020

Meeting Announcement

When:           JANUARY 15th 2020   PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DATE IS THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH.

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

Time:             7pm

Speaker:       You!  Annual Roundtable debate.

Topic:            What would have happened if the Confederates won the Civil War?”

Our annual debate topic will be “What would have happened if the Confederates won the Civil War?” Since this is a purely speculative question, there is no obvious right or wrong answer, so everyone should feel free to pitch in with their opinions and guesses.  We are looking for our members’ ideas on what would have happened to the United States and the Confederacy, and how would the 20th Century have been different? How would today be different?

January Presidents Message

 

 

 

 

Posted by: TC Maurice | November 26, 2019

No Meeting Announcement

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There is no Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable meeting in December

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in January!

Posted by: TC Maurice | November 6, 2019

Meeting Announcement

When: November 13th

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

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Rob Orrison

Topic: Bristoe Station

Rob’s topic is  “The Battle of Bristoe Station” that focuses on the October 14, 1863 battle.  Rob provides the following synopsis of the talk: The months after Gettysburg and before Grant’s arrival in Virginia in the winter of 1864 are often overlooked. Lee’s 51NvnZlxj2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Army of Northern Virginia was not as “beaten” as many thought. Lee’s aggressive nature led his army back to the doorstep of the Federal capital of Washington, DC in October 1863. Unlike General John Pope before him, General George Meade skillfully thwarted each of Lee’s moves, but found himself under severe criticism from Lincoln’s cabinet. As Halleck said to Meade “Lee is bullying you.”
Rob summarizes that “the Bristoe Station Campaign was Robert E. Lee’s last offensive campaign, and was an opportunity to change the course of the war. It led to frustration for both Lee and Lincoln, and it left Lincoln looking for a new man to lead the Federal war effort.”

Rob Orrison has been working in the history field for more than 25 years. Born and raised in Loudoun County, Virginia, Rob received his Bachelor’s Degree in Historicroborrison-shiloh Preservation at Longwood College (now University) and received his Master’s Degree in Public History from George Mason University. Currently Rob serves as the Historic Site Operations Supervisor for Prince William County. 

Outside of work Rob serves on the Board of Directors of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, Board of Directors of Virginia Civil War Trails; and serves as the Vice President of the Virginia Association of Museums. His published works include: A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign; The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign 1863 and A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775. He currently lives in Dumfries with his wife, Jamie, and sons Carter and Grayson.

Presidents Message

 

Posted by: TC Maurice | October 2, 2019

Meeting Announcement

When:   October 9th

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

Time:   7pm

Speaker: Patrick Schroeder

Topic:   “Battles of Appomattox Station and Court House: Final Fury and the Last to Die.”

The Battles of Appomattox:  The Final Fury and the Last to Die–An hour long power point program that focuses on the April 8, 1865, Battle of Appomattox Station, and the April 9. 1865, Battle of Appomattox Court House.  The program discusses each battle in detail, with nearly 100 photos and maps, and particularly focuses on the tragic final casualties and deaths before the surrender.

“Here we are, some with whole skins, some with not so whole.  Others have
been left behind.  For myself, I can only wonder that there is a bone left
in my carcass when I think of the wholesale carnage through which I have
passed.  My bruises are inward.

It is all over now, and I can only regard it as a hideous dream–the
smoking ruins, the sodden field, the trailing banner, the slaughtered
thousands and waiting families, the roar of the cannon, the Rebel Yell and
Yankee hurrah have all passed away, and we again return to peace.”~~Private
John W. Haley, 17th Maine Infantry, June 9, 1865

 Patrick Schroeder, is the National Park Service Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

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