Posted by: cocwrt | February 2, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When:   February  8th

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

Time:      7pm

Speaker:  Scott Britton;  Executive Director of The Castle Historic House Museum in Marietta Ohio.

Topic:       General Rufus R. Dawes: Ohio’s Hero of the Iron Brigade

General Rufus R. Dawes lived all but a few years of his life in the Marietta, Ohio area. However, the outbreak of the Civil War found him in Wisconsin where he immediately raised a company of men to defend the Union. By the end of his 3 years of service, this extraordinary young man had miraculously survived some of the war’s most savage fighting (Antietam, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, etc.) while leading the 6th Wisconsin Infantry, a unit in the famed “Iron Brigade.” Hear the stories of his famous ancestry that greatly influenced his patriotism and abolitionist fervor, his upbringing in a broken home, his participation in twenty battles and several other historic events, and his enduring legacy from which we can all take great inspiration.

Scott Britton has been the Executive Director of The Castle Historic House Museum in Marietta since 2010. That museum was the one-time home of three Civil War veterans. His interest in the American Civil War began in fifth grade and has continued to grow ever since. Mr. Britton received a Fuel Science degree from Penn State University in 1991 and worked in the pollution monitoring business in Pennsylvania and Kentucky until late 2000, when he returned home to Marietta. He immediately became involved in local historical research and active in many community organizations. Scott is a Past President of the Washington County Historical Society, Past Commander of the Gen. Benjamin D. Fearing Camp #2 Sons of Union Veterans of Marietta, has been co-Chair of the Buffington Island Memorial Service for several years, and is currently the Historian for the Marietta Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. Mr. Britton co-founded the Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley in 2010 and has been a tour guide for their popular battlefield bus trips, relating stories of local Southeast Ohio veterans through diaries, letters, and reports at the exact location on the battlefield. Scott conducts walking tours of Marietta’s historic cemeteries, including the famous Mound Cemetery, and serves as a Historian at First Congregational Church-also known as “The Church of the Pioneers.” Scott delights in sharing interesting stories about local Civil War veterans who participated in unique events that changed the course of our local, state, and national history so we can better appreciate the heroism and sacrifice of those who came before us.

February Presidents Message.


Posted by: cocwrt | January 18, 2017

2017 Roundtable Trip Announcement

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…..


Posted by: cocwrt | December 29, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When:     January 11th

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

Time:       7pm

Speaker:  Annual roundtable discussion/debate.

Topic:      The Meade-Sickles Controversy.

From President Ryan,

As is our practice for our January meeting, we will participate in a true]roundtable function: a debate.  The topic for this year’s debate is the Meade-Sickles Controversy, and involves the endlessly fascinating discussion of the decisions made by General Daniel Sickles on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg to move his Third Corps from Cemetery Ridge west to the high ground where the Emmitsburg Road crosses the Sherfy Peach Orchard.  I will provide a short overview of the facts of how the Third Corps arrived at Gettysburg, and then what happened on the morning and the early afternoon before Sickles ordered the movement of his Corps. I will also cover the actions taken by General George Meade both before and after the movement of the Third Corps on July 2.  We will then ask each of you to comment, argue, debate and otherwise participate in a rousing discussion of this historic controversy.

I really enjoy our debates (duh; I’m a lawyer), but I hope this gives every member of our Roundtable a platform to discuss the War.  Don’t be intimidated and think “I don’t know as much as some people, so my opinion doesn’t count.”  Nothing could be farther from the truth, especially when talking about the Meade-Sickles controversy. There is something for everyone in this Controversy:  alleged malfeasance by a head-strong subordinate; less-than-clear direction from a newly appointed boss still learning to handle his job; the example of what happened to Sickles at Chancellorsville when he followed the orders of his superiors and vacated the high ground that became the key position for the Confederate victory; the use of an anonymous commentator in the newspaper to publicly argue in favor of someone (that NEVER happens in an age of social media); and on and on. Let’s have a great debate.

Posted by: cocwrt | December 12, 2016


The Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable does not meet in December. Merry Christmas to everyone and see you in January.

Posted by: cocwrt | November 2, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When:   November 9th

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

Time:     7pm

Speaker: Edward Alexander

Topic:    “The Battle of Rappahannock Station: A Most Brilliant and Successful Affair.”

Discover a small November 7, 1863 engagement—from the forgotten period in the eastern theater between Gettysburg and Grant—with large implications. After losing his bridgehead over the Rappahannock River in the “saddest chapter in the history of this edalexanderarmy,” Lee will never again recapture the initiative to recross that river and assume the strategic offensive.

Edward S. Alexander is a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He has worked since 2011 at Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia, and previously with Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. A current resident of Richmond, Virginia, Edward’s research is focused on the Sixth Corps of the Army of the Potomac.

Ten facts about Rappahannock Station

November Presidents Message

Notice: The following members please contact President Ryan at with a current email address:

David Stephens

Diana Mercer

Martin Byron

Mary Chester


Posted by: cocwrt | September 25, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When: October 12th

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

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Wayne E. Motts, CEO of The National Civil War Museum

Topic: Fighting the Civil War: Historical Treasures of the Conflict in the Collection of the National Civil War Museum

Opened in 2001, The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is one of the largest museum in the country dedicated to telling the complete story of the war from the viewpoint of both sides. The museum holds more than 4,000 three dimensional artifacts and over 21,000 archival items including manuscripts, diaries, letters, photographic images, newspapers, and correspondence dating from 1861-1865. Join the museum’s CEO Wayne Motts on a journey of the history of the war illustrated by some of the nations’ rarest surviving Civil War artifacts in the museum’s collection.  natl_hq-1a

Wayne Motts holds two degrees in history and has been a licensed battlefield guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park for twenty-eight years. In 2005 he was named executive director of the Adams County Historical Society located in Gettysburg, a position he held wayne-e-mottsfor seven years. He is currently the CEO of The National Civil War Museum ( in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  He is the co-author (with James Hessler) of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History. His parents operate Motts Military Museum in Groveport.

National Civil War Museum

Motts Military Museum, Groveport, Ohio

Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History.


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