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


Posted by: TC Maurice | May 1, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When:   May 10th

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

Time:     7pm

Speakers:  Phil Spaugy and Jim Brenner.

 Topic:  “Arming Ohio, the Firearms of the First Volunteers including the arms altered for the state of Ohio by Miles Greenwood in Cincinnati.

Phil Spaugy was born in Sidney Ohio, and currently live in Vandalia, Ohio. Age 63. Vice President and part owner of Aviation Sales, Inc. in Dayton, Ohio.d554c35e0803e9c499c8ac57803673a3_400x400

I have had a lifelong interest in the American Civil War and have been collecting items from the period since I was 16 years old. I have been a member of Union Guards, Company A, 19th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry of the North South Skirmish Association [N-SSA] for the last 40 years and have recently completed my last term as National Commander of the N-SSA and am currently serving as Past National Commander of this organization.

My main areas of study and interest have been in the arms and accoutrements of the Federal infantry soldier with an emphasis on soldiers from the great state of OHIO and the firearms of the U.S Arsenal at Harpers Ferry.  I have also extensively studied the battles and campaigns of the Iron Brigade, of which the 19th Indiana was a member unit, with a particular interest in the actions of the color guard of the 19th at the battle of Gettysburg.

I am a proud descendant of soldiers who served with the following units during the war: 61st PVI 142nd PVI, 57th, 81st, 99th OVI and the 26th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

Born and raised in the region that was once the Old Northwest Territory, Jim Brenner is a graduate of Kent State University and holds a master’s degree in American military history from The Ohio State University. He is a contributor to the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and editor of two Ohio, Civil War regimental histories and numerous articles on military subjects.


May Newsletter



Posted by: TC Maurice | April 14, 2017

Gettysburg Lecture Series


Posted by: TC Maurice | April 5, 2017

Meeting Announcement

When: April 12th

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

Time:  7pm

Speaker: Eric Wittenberg

Topic:  “We Ride a Whirlwind: Sherman and Johnston at Bennett Place.”

Eric J. Wittenberg is an award-winning historian, blogger, speaker and tour guide. His specialty is Civil War cavalry operations, and much of his work has focused on the Gettysburg Campaign. He is the author of 18 published books on the Civil War and moreeric-wittenberg than three dozen articles that have appeared in various national magazines. He is also deeply involved in battlefield preservation work and often assists the Civil War Trust with its efforts, and is also a member of the Governor of Ohio’s Advisory Commission on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. He is a native of southeastern Pennsylvania, and was educated at Dickinson College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is an attorney in private practice. He and his wife Susan and their three golden retrievers reside in Columbus, Ohio.


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