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.


Posted by: cocwrt | August 25, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When:   September  14th

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


Time: 7pm

Speaker: David G. Moore,  Author: William S. Rosecrans and the Union Victory: A Civil War978-0-7864-7624-4 Biography.

Topic: William S. Rosecrans

David Moore stumbled upon the story of William
S Rosecrans while on an unsuccessful search for the
Grave of Mary Surratt’s grave in Washington DC’s
My Olivet cemetery.
That led to more than twenty years of research in
an effort to discover why a man who was considered
in the 19th century one of the most important generals of the
Civil War is so little known today.
His talk will discuss Rosecrans’ accomplishments
and the role politics played in his military career.
Mr Moore is a native Washingtonian and has led tours
of history sites along the east coast for more than 35

Mr Moore will have copies of his book available for purchase.





Posted by: cocwrt | July 17, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When: August 10th

Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall First floor. Room 121. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Lee White, NPS Ranger at Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Battlefield.

Topic:  “Hold the Fort!, The Battle of Alatoona Pass”

William Lee White is a park ranger at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military leewhite-biopicPark, where he gives tours and other programs at the Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain Battlefields. He is the author of Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale: The Battle of Chickamauga, part of the Emerging Civil War Series, as well as several articles and essays on topics related to the Western Theater. He also edited Great Things Are Expected of Us: The Letters of Colonel C. Irvine Walker, 10th South Carolina Infantry CSA. Over the years, he has spoken to many roundtables, historical societies, and other history-minded groups.

Southern History: Allatoona Pass

Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale





Posted by: cocwrt | July 3, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When:   July 13th

Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall First floor. Room 121. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time:  7pm

Speaker: Phil Seyfrit, Superintendent Richmond Kentucky Battlefield.

Topic:   “Bull Nelson vs. Jefferson C. Davis”

A lifelong Madison County, Kentucky, resident, Phillip Seyfrit is a graduate of Model Laboratory School, Eastern Kentucky University and the Mid- America College of Funeral Seyfrit-PromoService.  After a twenty year career in funeral industry, in late 2007 Phillip changed direction and accepted the position of Historic Properties Director for Madison County, which duties include management and proper interpretation of the properties relating to the Battle of Richmond and the other Madison County parks sites.  Phil’s active in Richmond’s First Presbyterian Church, the Richmond Masonic bodies, and many national, state and local Civil War preservation and history groups.  He is also past president of the Madison County Historical Society. He has been published in several Civil War periodicals and enjoys visiting Civil War battlefields and related sites.  Phillip portrays Federal Colonel William Link and Confederate Colonel Preston Smith at events relating to the Battle of Richmond.  He serves as program chairman of the Madison Co. Civil War Roundtable, president of the Central Kentucky World War II Roundtable, and commander of the Sgt. Elijah P. Marrs Camp 5, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.   He served on the Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission from 2011-2015.

With two good sized Confederate armies in the Bluegrass state in the late summer of 1862, two Union generals quarrel in a Louisville hotel, resulting in the death of one and the lifelong damaged reputation of the other.  Bull Nelson vs. Jefferson C. Davis.   Come and learn about these two characters (and other significant players), their argument, Nelson’s murder/assassination, and the resulting effects (or lack thereof).

Battle of Richmond Association

Civil War Trust; Battle of Richmond

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