Posted by: cocwrt | March 2, 2016
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.
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.