Posted by: cocwrt | July 17, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When: August 10th

Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall First floor. Room 121. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Lee White, NPS Ranger at Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Battlefield.

Topic:  “Hold the Fort!, The Battle of Alatoona Pass”

William Lee White is a park ranger at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military leewhite-biopicPark, where he gives tours and other programs at the Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain Battlefields. He is the author of Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale: The Battle of Chickamauga, part of the Emerging Civil War Series, as well as several articles and essays on topics related to the Western Theater. He also edited Great Things Are Expected of Us: The Letters of Colonel C. Irvine Walker, 10th South Carolina Infantry CSA. Over the years, he has spoken to many roundtables, historical societies, and other history-minded groups.

Southern History: Allatoona Pass

Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale





Posted by: cocwrt | July 3, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When:   July 13th

Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall First floor. Room 121. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time:  7pm

Speaker: Phil Seyfrit, Superintendent Richmond Kentucky Battlefield.

Topic:   “Bull Nelson vs. Jefferson C. Davis”

A lifelong Madison County, Kentucky, resident, Phillip Seyfrit is a graduate of Model Laboratory School, Eastern Kentucky University and the Mid- America College of Funeral Seyfrit-PromoService.  After a twenty year career in funeral industry, in late 2007 Phillip changed direction and accepted the position of Historic Properties Director for Madison County, which duties include management and proper interpretation of the properties relating to the Battle of Richmond and the other Madison County parks sites.  Phil’s active in Richmond’s First Presbyterian Church, the Richmond Masonic bodies, and many national, state and local Civil War preservation and history groups.  He is also past president of the Madison County Historical Society. He has been published in several Civil War periodicals and enjoys visiting Civil War battlefields and related sites.  Phillip portrays Federal Colonel William Link and Confederate Colonel Preston Smith at events relating to the Battle of Richmond.  He serves as program chairman of the Madison Co. Civil War Roundtable, president of the Central Kentucky World War II Roundtable, and commander of the Sgt. Elijah P. Marrs Camp 5, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.   He served on the Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission from 2011-2015.

With two good sized Confederate armies in the Bluegrass state in the late summer of 1862, two Union generals quarrel in a Louisville hotel, resulting in the death of one and the lifelong damaged reputation of the other.  Bull Nelson vs. Jefferson C. Davis.   Come and learn about these two characters (and other significant players), their argument, Nelson’s murder/assassination, and the resulting effects (or lack thereof).

Battle of Richmond Association

Civil War Trust; Battle of Richmond

Posted by: cocwrt | May 31, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When:  June 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: Craig Dunn,

Topic:  The 19th Indiana Infantry of the Iron Brigade.


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.

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