Posted by: TC Maurice | November 1, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When: November 8th 2017

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

Time:  7pm

Speaker:  Wade Sokolosky  COL (Ret) U.S. Army

Topic:    “To Prepare for Sherman’s Coming” The Battle of Wise’s Forks

History has relegated the Battle of Wise’s (Wyse) Forks, March 7–11, to little more than an insignificant skirmish during the final days of the Civil War. Indeed, most histories mention it not at all. Wade Sokolosky’s and Mark A. Smith’s “To Prepare for Sherman’s Coming”: The Battle of Wise’s Forks, March 1865 erases this misconception and elevates this battle and its related operations to the historical status it deserves. download (2)
By March 1865, the Confederacy was on its last legs. Its armies were depleted, food and resources were scarce, and morale was low. Gen. Robert E. Lee was barely holding on to his extended lines around Richmond and Petersburg, and Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman was operating with nearly complete freedom in North Carolina on his way north to form a junction with Union forces in Virginia. As the authors demonstrate, the fighting that is the subject of this book came about when Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant initiated a broad military operation to assist Sherman.|

The responsibility for ensuring a functioning railroad from New Bern to Goldsboro
rested with Maj. Gen. Jacob D. Cox. On March 2, 1865, Cox ordered his hastily assembled Provisional Corps to march toward Goldsboro. In response to Cox’s movement, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston executed a bold but risky plan to divert troops away from Sherman by turning back Cox’s advance. Under the command of the aggressive but controversial Gen. Braxton Bragg, the Confederates stood for four days and successfully halted Cox at Wise’s Forks. This delay provided Johnston with the precious time he needed to concentrate his forces and fight the large and important Battle of Bentonville. 

Colonel (Ret.) Wade Sokolosky, a native of Beaufort, North Carolina, is a graduate of East Carolina University and a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He is one of North Carolina’s leading experts of the 1865 Carolinas Campaign. Wade has lectured throughout the Carolinas, speaking to roundtables, various societies and organizations, and at historical sites.  download (1)

He is the co-author (with Mark A. Smith) of “No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar”: Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign from Fayetteville to Averasboro, released this January in an updated and expanded version, and the author of “Final Roll Call” Confederate Losses during the Carolinas Campaign.”

Wade’s most recent book, co-authored with Smith, “To Prepare for Sherman’s Coming”: The Battle of Wise’s Forks, March 1865 erases the misconception that the four-day battle was little more than an insignificant skirmish and elevates this combat action and its related operations to the historical status it deserves.  Chosen as the winner of the Civil War Books and Authors Best Book of the Year for 2015, Battle/Campaign Histories – Eastern Theater category. 

His next project, “Kiss Him for His Mother”: NC’s Confederate Hospitals During the 1865 Carolinas Campaign is due out in August 2017.  Long term, Wade is working on a book-length study of the Confederate Army of Tennessee during the Civil War’s final months in the Carolinas. 

He is the recipient of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table’s 2017 T. Harry Gatton Award for his important efforts to study, preserve and share the Civil War heritage of his native North Carolina.

Friends of Bentonville Battlefield

Wade Sokolosky COL (Ret) U.S. Army Website

Presidents Message




Posted by: TC Maurice | October 5, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When: October 11th

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

Time:  7pm

Speaker/Performer:  Steve Ball

Topic:  Civil War Music

  Steve Ball is a musician from Columbus Ohio specializing in the music of the American Civil War, and the music and life of Stephen Foster. Steve has studied the American Civil War since his teens, and has devoted the past twenty years to studying the music of this era in American history. Steve has done programs for the Ohio Statehouse, the National Civil War Museum, the American Civil War Museum of Ohio, and countless historical societies, genealogical societies, libraries, museums, Civil War Round Tables and other historical venues such as re-enactments or living history programs.
He has released two CD’s of the music of the Civil War and is currently working on a CDdownload of Stephen Foster tunes. Steve has been an instructor for Life Long Learning through Central Ohio Technical College. He also provides the music for the annual Springfield Ohio Civil War Symposium, and is the narrator for the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Civil War Brass Band. He is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust. He has participated in the annual Windham New York Civil War Music Gathering, and the Gettysburg Music Muster at the Gettysburg Military Park visitor center.

This presentation features tunes starting in the mid 1850’s that would become important regarding the climate of the country before the war began in 1861. As the presentation unfolds, there will be patriotic songs cherished by both sides, a sing along, and finally tunes that reflected the oss and melancholy the war would produce. The history and influence of each tune is shared, as well as the progress of the war itself.
Approximately 55 minutes.

Presidents Message

Steve Ball Civil War Music

Honor Our Legacy

Posted by: TC Maurice | September 6, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When:   September 13th

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

Time:      7pm

Speaker: Greg Biggs


 No army in history moved without a secure line of supplies especially if it moved into enemy territory.  If an army got cut off from its supplies then calamity usually followed often ending in defeat and/or destruction.  When William T. Sherman set his sights on Atlanta he prepared for the supplying of his army in a manner that surpassed every other Civil War general.  Rebuilding railroads and confiscating locomotives and cars to haul supplies, Sherman set a daily goal for shipments to his forward base in Chattanooga. Ruthless in making sure that only supplies got on the cars, Sherman also had to worry about protecting the line of rails that ran back to Louisville, Kentucky from Confederate raiders.  Building on a system begun by William S. Rosecrans, Sherman’s engineers built forts and blockhouses and prepared pre-fabricated trestles for replacing those brought down by Confederate raiders.  While his preparations were masterful and thorough, they were not without some flaws.  This program will examine the nuts and bolts of these logistics and cover the errors that were also made.  In the end, his supply line performed as expected and Atlanta was captured.  This set the stage for two more campaigns that Sherman would undertake before the war ended in April 1865 as well as logistics for more modern wars.

Greg Biggs has studied military history from the Spartans to modern wars for over 50 years with concentrations on the Napoleonic Era; Civil War; World War 2 and military flags of the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Greg has consulted with several museums,dsc_00784-e1316083429615 collectors and auction houses on Civil War flags as well as having written several articles on the topic in SCV publications, North-South Trader and Civil War News.  He has also done research for several Civil War authors and has written articles for Blue & Gray Magazine, Civil War News, Citizens Companion and others.  Greg has lead tours for Civil War groups of the Fort Donelson, Atlanta, Chickamauga-Chattanooga and Tullahoma Campaigns as well as tours of the Cairo/Mound City, IL area covering the start of the river campaigns.  He has also done numerous staff rides for US Army units stationed at Fort Campbell, KY.  Greg lives in Clarksville, TN with his wife Karel and the four cavalry cats.  He is president of the Clarksville CWRT as well as an officer of the Bowling Green and Nashville CWRTs.

Civil War Trust: Flags of the Civil War

September Presidents Message


Posted by: TC Maurice | August 2, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When: August 9th

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

Time:  7pm

Speaker:  Matt White, Roundtable Member

Topic:  “Part and Parcel of the Late Rebellion”: The French Intervention War and the End of the American Civil War.

After Lee signed the instrument of surrender at Appomattox, Grant’s aide-de-camp Horace Porter remembered that the first words Grant uttered were “on to Mexico.”  He wasn’t joking about his Mexican War experience, he was serious.  In a month Grant ordered 25,000 troops to the Mexican border, 16,000 of whom were of the largely African-American 25th Corps. Grant stated in his orders “if war is to be made, they will be in the right place.”  To Grant, the French invasion of Mexico was “part and parcel of the late rebellion” and the Civil War would not truly be over until the French were thrown out of Mexico.  Grant wasn’t alone in his opinion, many people on both sides of1004cb182492c9c5efb58b40731d5b97 the border and both sides of the conflict understood the war in similar ways.  This talk will briefly explain the French Intervention War, and why and how ex-Confederates and the United States affected it.  We’ll cover battles like Palmito Ranch and Bagdad, and people like George Washington Williams, Henry Young, Jo Shelby, Phil Sheridan, Lew Wallace, RIP Ford, John Mosby, Dick Gatling, and a slew of other characters who became involved. Hopefully by the end of the talk you’ll never think of Cinco de Mayo the same way again.

Presidents Message

Posted by: TC Maurice | June 29, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When:      July 12th

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

Time:        7pm

Speaker:  Howard Strouse

Topic:       Civil War Atrocities.

Mr. Strouse’s Civil War Atrocities talk centers on a number of shameful incidents that happened during the Civil War. We infrequently hear of the dark side of our Civil War and of the perpetrators who escaped prosecution and justice. Considered among others are John Brown, the Cook County, Texas Vigilance Committee, George Pickett, Nathan Forrest and John Pope.

Howard Strouse, a native of Ohio, was born during World War II. He has been a student1014Ns-Entertainment-Howard-Strouse of 19th Century History for more than fifty years. He holds advanced degrees in American History and Government, and in Criminal Justice and Law from Webster University in St Louis.

He worked as a Federal Special Agent, and as a Director in a major security program with the Department of Defense. After a career that spanned almost thirty-six years, he retired from the Federal Civil Service in 1999.

He is a current member of several civil war roundtables, and he is a past General-in-Chief in Columbus, Ohio. He is a frequent lecturer at roundtables, colleges and universities; and at civic organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and Mensa. With his wife Pat, Howard lives in Ohio during the summer months, and in Arizona during the winter.

July Presidents Message

58th Ohio – Wars Late Casualty


Posted by: TC Maurice | May 26, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When:  June 14th

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

Time:   7pm

Speaker:  Keith Krinn

Topic:  58th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Keith’s presentation on June 14th is entitled “Mein Talbuch of the 58th Ohio Volunteer Infantry” OR “War’s Late Casualty” and will be about the history of this storied regiment, much of which base on a forgotten diary of a member of the regiment. During Keith’s research of the 58th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he discovered there was a diary published in 1896 in Cincinnati by the widow of Johann Stuber entitled Mein Tagebuch über die Erlebnisse im Revolutions-kriege von 1861 bis 1865, translated from German, My Diary of the Experiences in the War of the Rebellion from 1861 to 1865. The book had only been printed in German and the only copy Keith could find was housed in the library of Case-Western Reserve. Keith obtained a micro-card copy and paid to have it translated into English – before the computer age in 1982. As it turned out, Johann Stuber and John Krinn, although serving in different companies of the regiment, were both promoted to 2nd lieutenant on the same day! Keith’s presentation of the exploits of the 58th Ohio will largely be based on the diary and will bring forward items of interest that other than in the Stuber diary have never been told.

The 58th Ohio Infantry was organized at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio and mustered in for three years’ service on January 28, 1862 under the command of Colonel Valentine Bausenwein. The regiment was attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July 1862 and upon leaving Camp Chase in late January traveled to Cincinnati, embarked on steamers and saw immediate action in the battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson. In early February of 1862. In fact, according to the Stuber diary, it was Colonel Bausenwein who actually hauled down the Confederate flag and raised the national ensign over Fort Donelson after its fall. The regiment was then assigned to Helena, Arkansas, District of Eastern Arkansas, to November 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, District of Eastern Arkansas, Department of the Tennessee, to December 1862. 1st Brigade, 11th Division, Right Wing, XIII Corps, Department of the Tennessee, to December 1862. The 58th Ohio was in Thayer’s Brigade, Lew Wallace’s Division during the Battle of Shiloh and on the second day of the battle saw heavy action upon arrival on the field. One of its members, David Orbansky received the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry at Shiloh.

The regiment was then assigned to the 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Sherman’s Yazoo Expedition, to January 1863 and took part in the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou and lost heavily. In fact, John Krinn, my great-great uncle was shot cleanly through the knee and fortunately survived without an amputation. The regiment was reassigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, XV Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to February 1863. Detached duty on ironclads for Mississippi River Squadron to September 1863. The diary went into great detail about the ironclad service and due to the close heavy shelling, many had damaged hearing for the rest of their lives. After the fall of Vicksburg, the regiment was assigned to the 1st Brigade 1st Division, XVII Corps, to September 1864 and post and defenses of Vicksburg, Mississippi, to September 1865 where they served in the capacity of provost marshal for the city. In one final cruel act, a detachment of the 58th Ohio was assigned guard duty on the upriver Mississippi voyage of the Sultana.

Keith L. Krinn has 42 years of environmental health experience and is currently the Administrator of the Environmental Health Division of Columbus Public Health. Under Keith’s leadership, Columbus Public Health has received numerous national bKKrinn_2011est practice awards. Previously Mr. Krinn was Chief of Environmental Health Field Activities with the Oakland County Health Division in Southfield, Michigan. In addition to the Ohio RS, he holds equivalent credentials for Michigan, Nevada, and NEHA.

Keith has a Baccalaureate degree in environmental health from Indiana State University and a Master of Arts degree in environmental health administration from Central Michigan University. He was appointed by Michigan Governor John M. Engler to the Michigan Board of Sanitarians and served as Vice-Chair from 1994-96. He was appointed by Ohio Governor John R. Kasich to the Ohio Board of Sanitarian Registration in 2015 for a three-year term. Mr. Krinn was awarded Diplomate Certification in the American Academy of Sanitarians in 1997. He also holds a Commission as an officer of the Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Krinn served as President of the National Environmental Health Association in 2010-11, and served for five years on the NEHA Board of Directors.

Keith’s interest in the American Civil War goes back as well as he can recollect, to around age nine at the beginning of the Civil War Centennial in 1961. Keith learned from his father his great grandfather, Daniel Krinn, was a veteran of the 151st Ohio Volunteer Infantry and today owns Daniel’s 1863 Springfield musket and bayonet. Keith read everything he could get his hands on about the Civil War and eventually as he became involved in genealogy, learned Daniel had two brothers, George the younger one, and John, the older sibling who were both members of the 58th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and their company was raised in Hocking County as the family lived on a farm outside of Logan. As Keith began serious genealogical research about his family – centered on the Civil War aspect – he eventually traced his family back to the year 1530 in Denkendorf, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany and learned his great-great grandfather, Gottleib Krinn, emigrated from there and settled in Hocking County in 1833. During Keith’s research in the early 1980’s, Keith became aware the 58th Ohio was originally slated to become Ohio’s Fourth German Regiment, but since it could only raise six full companies of German-speaking troops and had to be completed with four companies of English-speaking soldiers, it lost that designation and was mustered into service at Camp Chase as the 58th O.V.I. on January 28, 1862 under the command of Colonel Valentine Bausenwein and served for the duration of the war, being mustered out on September 16, 1865.

While living in Michigan Keith was a member of the Michigan Regimental Roundtable in Farmington Hills and was a founding member and first Camp Commander of the Israel P. Richardson Camp #2, Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. After relocating to Ohio in 2003 he joined the Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable and joined the Governor William Dennison Camp #1, Department of Ohio, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and served as Camp Commander in 2005. Not only was Keith able to submit documentation of his ancestry to a Civil War veteran on his father’s side as required for SUVCW membership, but he was also able to provide documentation from his ancestor on his mother’s side, his great-great grandfather, William Alexander Moore, a teamster with the 73rd Illinois.

Keith presently resides in Genoa Township, just north of Westerville, with his wife Peggy and they have two grown daughters.

Presidents Message

Miles Greenwood’s Weapons


« Newer Posts - Older Posts »