When: February 13th
Where: Otterbein University, Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.
Speaker: Jamie Ryan
Topic: The Camden Expedition.
Jamie Ryan, 53, is a charter member of the Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable, and has served in every office and role the organization has to offer. Jamie is a graduate of the University of Dayton, where he earned a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in American Studies in 1982, and of The Ohio State University College of Law, where he earned his J.D. Cum Laude in 1985. Jamie has practiced law privately for over 27 years, and is a member of (and serves on the Board of Directors of) Bailey Cavalieri LLC, where he has developed a nationwide practice in the law of gift cards and unclaimed property, representing companies such as Limited Brands, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Battelle Memorial Institute, Nationwide Insurance, American Signature Furniture, Amazon.com, The Home Depot, CBS, Brinks, Ecolab, Legal Seafood and many other retailers, manufacturers and insurance companies. Jamie also represents many local companies in general corporate matters, including Blue & Gray Magazine and The Columbus Crew. Jamie is a frequent lecturer on unclaimed property, gift card and sports law issues at local and national legal conventions. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Buckeye Ranch, The Crew Soccer Foundation, The Loeb Electric Company and St. Francis DeSales High School Finance Committee. Jamie is married to Elizabeth (nee Mund), a fourth grade teacher at St. Paul School in Westerville, and has two children: Molly (24) and Pete (19).
Jamie has been interested in the Civil War since his parents took his family to Gettysburg in 1966, has read extensively on the conflict and has visited many of the battlefields of the War. He loves visiting any place where the Fifth Corps of the Army of the Potomac fought. Jamie is a Brigade Color Bearer in the Civil War Trust.
Jamie has spoken to the Roundtable on many topics over the years, but this month’s meeting will mark his first venture into the Trans-Mississippi Theatre. Jamie will discuss the Camden Expedition, the name given to the federal offensive launched in late March of 1864 from Little Rock, Arkansas, an operation that a Unionist St. Louis newspaper accurately described as “a campaign of forty days in which nothing has been gained but defeat, hard blows, and poor fare.” The Camden Expedition featured hard-bitten Confederate cavalry officered by such legendary leaders as John Marmaduke and Jo Shelby, Union volunteer regiments formed from freed slaves (the 1st and 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry) and Indians affiliated with the Confederate forces (the 1st & 2nd Chickasaw Mounted Rifles). The contending forces fought three pitched battles and numerous skirmishes over the 40 days of the campaign. The campaign featured numerous incidents that would be categorized as war crimes today.
Jamie toured the battlefields of the Camden Expedition with Mike Peters, Tim Maurice and Pete Zuhars in 2011.