Posted by: cocwrt | May 1, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When:   May 10th

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

Time:     7pm

Speakers:  Phil Spaugy and Jim Brenner.

 Topic:  “Arming Ohio, the Firearms of the First Volunteers including the arms altered for the state of Ohio by Miles Greenwood in Cincinnati.

Phil Spaugy was born in Sidney Ohio, and currently live in Vandalia, Ohio. Age 63. Vice President and part owner of Aviation Sales, Inc. in Dayton, Ohio.d554c35e0803e9c499c8ac57803673a3_400x400

I have had a lifelong interest in the American Civil War and have been collecting items from the period since I was 16 years old. 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 40 years and have recently completed my last term as National Commander of the N-SSA and am currently serving as Past National Commander of this organization.

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.  I have also extensively studied the battles and campaigns of the Iron Brigade, of which the 19th Indiana was a member unit, with a particular interest in the actions of the color guard of the 19th at the battle of Gettysburg.

I am a proud descendant of soldiers who served with the following units during the war: 61st PVI 142nd PVI, 57th, 81st, 99th OVI and the 26th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

Born and raised in the region that was once the Old Northwest Territory, Jim Brenner is a graduate of Kent State University and holds a master’s degree in American military history from The Ohio State University. He is a contributor to the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and editor of two Ohio, Civil War regimental histories and numerous articles on military subjects.


May Newsletter



Posted by: cocwrt | April 14, 2017

Gettysburg Lecture Series


Posted by: cocwrt | April 5, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When: April 12th

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

Time:  7pm

Speaker: Eric Wittenberg

Topic:  “We Ride a Whirlwind: Sherman and Johnston at Bennett Place.”

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 moreeric-wittenberg 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.


Posted by: cocwrt | March 13, 2017

Gettysburg Lecture Series


Posted by: cocwrt | February 24, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When:    March 8th

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

Time:    7pm

Speaker: Kevin J. Weddle, Ph.D.  COL (Ret), US Army.

Topic:   Lincoln’s Tragic Admiral;  Samuel Francis Dupont.

Lincoln’s Tragic Admiral is the story of a long-forgotten naval officer whose stellar peacetime and early wartime career was overshadowed by his failed attack on Charleston in April 1863.  Although Admiral Du Pont championed technological innovation, he outspokenly opposed the use of the new ironclads to attack Charleston, which caused him to clash with the powerful secretary of the navy, Gideon Welles.  Only when his objections were overridden, did his use of these modern vessels bring his career to a tragic end.  The talk exposes this historical misunderstanding, while also pinpointing Du Pont’s crucialded871117507dcc0bf855c7885edb8d8_f2398-1 role in the development of United States naval strategy and his work in modernizing the navy between the Mexican War and the Civil War.  The talk, based on the award-winning book, also unveils the life-long partnership that Du Pont shared with his wife and confidante, Sophie, who served as an immediate counsel to many of his decisions, while also tackling larger historical questions such as civil-military relations, attitudes toward slavery, innovations in military strategy and organization, and the introduction of new military technology in wartime.

Colonel (Retired) Kevin J. Weddle, Ph.D.

Kevin Weddle is Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.  He is a native Minnesotan, graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and served over 28 years as a combat engineer officer.  Throughout his career he worked in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States and overseas and is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Colonel Weddle’s assignments included service as a platoon leader, assistant battalion downloadoperations officer, company executive officer, company commander and tours of duty at West Point, Germany, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Pentagon.  He also served as operations officer for the 555th Combat Engineer Group, battalion commander of the 299th Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, and was selected for brigade command before joining the US Army War College faculty.  At the War College he was the director of the Advanced Strategic Art Program, served as the Deputy Dean of Academics, and held the General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair in the Profession of Arms.

Dr. Weddle has led dozens of civilian and military groups to battlefields in the United States including Vicksburg, Antietam, Gettysburg, Grant’s Overland Campaign, and others. In addition, he has also led groups to European battlefields including Agincourt, Waterloo, Gallipoli, the Somme, Verdun, Ypres, Dunkirk, Sicily, Anzio, and Normandy.

Colonel Weddle holds master’s degrees in history and civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University.  He has written numerous articles for popular and scholarly journals and his first book, Lincoln’s Tragic51gvmq4sjpl-_sx331_bo1204203200_ Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont (University of Virginia Press, 2005), won the 2006 William E. Colby Award, was runner up in the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize competition, and won the Army War College’s faculty writing award.  He is currently writing a strategic history of the Saratoga campaign for the Oxford University Press.  Colonel Weddle has also won the Army War College excellence in teaching award and is a licensed professional engineer.

He is married to the former Jean Buechner of St. Paul, Minnesota and they have one daughter, Anne, a forensic scientist for the FBI who is married to a US Naval aviator.

March Presidents Message




Posted by: cocwrt | February 13, 2017

Spring Trip

Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable Nashville/Franklin Spring Trip March 2nd-5th


Depart Columbus at 7am and arrive in Franklin at 1-2pm

Hotel info: Baymont Inn & Suits Franklin.
4206 Franklin Common Ct. Franklin TN 37067   855-516-1090
**Check in    3pm
**Check out 11am

Day 1   No set schedule
Free day to tour battlefield or areas of interest at leisure.
Areas of interest: Fort Granger, Carter House, Carnton, etc.

Day 2 (March 3rd)— Battlefield Tour and Carnton Plantation Tour
11am:          Guided tour with Eric Jacobson of Battle of Franklin Trust
*** Expect tour to be 90 minutes in duration.
1pm-2pm: Tour of Carnton Plantation and Grounds.

Dinner: For dinner I am trying to set up a group with members of the Franklin and or Nashville Civil War Roundtable. (Optional)

Day 3 (March 4th)—Check out of hotel and drive to Nashville.
otel Info: Red Roof Inn Nashville.
4271 Sidco Dr., Nashville TN. 37204
Phone: 615-832-0093
**Check in    3pm
**Check out 11am

11am: Group tour of Nashville Battlefield:
Four hour tour with Ross Massey of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Trust.
***Rest of evening is free for your own leisure.

Day 4 (March 5th)—Depart for home.

Tour of Franklin Battlefield is $25 per person and Carnton Plantation & grounds is $12 per person.

Tourof Nashville is $100 for the group (not per person) so we will know that figure when we have final numbers.

Hotels (double occupancy) will run approx. $50-60/person for each night for total of $120 approx. for both nights for Franklin.
Assuming double occupancy again for one night in Nashville should be $55-60 for that night.

Grand total for expected expenses for tours and hotels will likely run in the $225-250 range and then the remainder of expenses would be whatever you spend on souvenirs, snacks etc…..

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