Posted by: TC Maurice | October 2, 2018

Meeting Announcement

When: October 10th

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

Time: 7pm

Speaker:  Ronald S. Coddington,  Editor and Publisher, Military Images magazine.

Topic: Cardomania! The Rise and Fall of the Carte de Visite in Civil War America

The Civil War Generation was the first to grow up with photography. This transformative medium made it possible for Americans from all walks of life to preserve their own likeness, a privilege once reserved only for the wealthy. During photography’s early years, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes ruled the portrait world. Then, on the eve of the Civil War, a curious new format landed in America—the carte de visite. After hostilities began, hundreds of thousands of citizen soldiers and sailors posed for their likenesses. Countless millions of photographs were produced. Significant numbers of these most intimate and personal artifacts survive today. Some are finding a place among the iconic images of the war. Join Ron Coddington, author of four books of collected Civil War portraits and editor and publisher of Military Images magazine, as he tells the story of the rise and fall of the carte de visite—and what became of them.


While other kids in his Middlesex, New Jersey, neighborhood were collecting baseball cards, 14-year-old Ron Coddington was browsing flea markets looking for old photographs. Little did he realize after he purchased his first photo in 1977 that collecting historic images would become a lifelong pursuit. He originally collected various formats of vernacular photography dating from the 1840s to the 1890s. Over time, he focused his collection on Civil War era cartes de visite, a paper format popular during the 1860s. ron-image

 From 2001-2016, he authored Faces of War, a regular column in the Civil War News. Each month, Ron profiled a soldier, and each was illustrated with an original, wartime carte de visite photograph. His subjects were enlisted men and non-commissioned officers, and officers below the rank of colonel. Ron believes that appreciating the role of the volunteer soldier is key to understanding America’s greatest conflict. He writes, “The history of the Civil War is the stories of its soldiers and sailors.” 

 In 2004, a collection of columns became part of Ron’s first book, Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories. A companion volume, Faces of the Confederacy: An Album of Southern Soldiers and Their Stories, followed in 2008. Four years later, the publication of African American Faces of War: An Album marked the third book in the series. A fourth volume, Faces of the Civil War Navies: An Album of Union and Confederate Sailors, was released in 2016. All are published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. His next volume will profile the lives and contributions of nurses and other caregivers. 

 Ron also wrote for the New York Times Disunion series from 2011-2014. His contributions documented the experiences of the enlisted men and line officers who participated in the Civil War. 

In 2013, he became editor and publisher of Military Images, a quarterly magazine dedicated to showcasing, interpreting and preserving early American photographs of soldiers and sailors. 

Ron has participated as a speaker at numerous Civil War-related events, and at meetings for round tables and other organizations. 

A 1985 graduate of the University of Georgia, Ron lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Anne. He is currently Editor, Visuals, for The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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Posted by: TC Maurice | September 4, 2018

Meeting Announcement

When: September 12th

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

Time: 7:00pm

Speaker: Harry Smeltzer

Topic: “The Future of Civil War History”

In “The Future of Civil War History,” we will discuss the current Civil War history environment and where it is headed. We’ll discuss trends in academic, public, and “amateur” history delivery systems, the impact of document availability, and what our roles are, may, should, and can be. While there are elements of presentation, this is most importantly a discussion. Come ready to contribute.

Harry Smeltzer maintains the website Bull Runnings, which he founded in November 0f 2006.  He lives just outside Pittsburgh, PA and was born and raised in Southwestern PA.  He earned an undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University and a graduate degree at the Katz School of the University of Pittsburgh.  Neither sheepskin is in historydownload or any art. He’s been published in the journal Civil War History, The Civil War Monitor, Civil War Times, and America’s Civil War, and has been profiled in the American Battlefield Trust’s Hallowed Ground. He was a Contributing Writer for America’s Civil War and is a Digital History Advisor for The Civil War Monitor. He serves on the board of directors of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and has served as its vice-president and newsletter editor.  He’s presented programs on First Battle of Bull Run related and other topics to organizations in six states and the District of Columbia, and has orgainized and/or led tours of the battlefield of First Bull Run.

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Posted by: TC Maurice | August 1, 2018

Meeting Announcement

When:   August 8th

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

Time:  7pm

Speaker: Michael Block

Topic: The Battle of Cedar Mountain

On the blazing hot afternoon of August 9, 1862 a few miles south of Culpeper, Virginia, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson led his troops into battle against Nathaniel Banks’ corps of John Pope’s new Army of Virginia. Over 3,000 men were killed or wounded that afternoon and evening in the shadow of Cedar Mountain during the deadliest day in Culpeper’s history. Culpeper’s native son, Major General A. P. Hill, sealed the Confederate victory when his division re-formed Jackson’s crumbled line and led the charge that turned the tide of the battle.

download (1)For Hill and the other Culpeper men engaged, this was a personal battle to liberate their homes, friends, and family from the Union occupation. Today, local citizens are coming together to ensure that this battle and the valor displayed by both armies will never be forgotten.

A life-long student of the American Civil War, Mike Block moved to Southern Fauquier County in 2004 where he developed a deep appreciation and love of Culpeper County and what happened on that historic ground during the Civil War.

He has been giving battlefield tours and lectures for two decades, focusing on thoseIMG_2960 stirring events in Culpeper and Fauquier Counties. Mike also has been collecting photos, drawings and first person accounts of events, both significant and mundane that occurred in the region during the war.

Mike is on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield since 2012, and is currently serving as its Vice-President. He also served on the Board of the Brandy Station Foundation and on both the Culpeper and Fauquier counties Civil War Sesquicentennial Committees.

In the Spring of 2016, Mike authored the primary article in Blue and Gray Magazine, the first published study on the Battle of Cedar Mountain in nearly 25 years. He is now has a book in edit on that same topic, “The Carnage was Fearful,” for the Emerging Civil War Series.

downloadMike retired from the United States Air Force in 2001; serving in Europe, Asia and the United States. He continues to support the U.S. Government as a Lead Associate for the consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton. Part of his work is as a Gettysburg Staff Ride Instructor for Government Intelligence Analysts, focusing on the geospatial and intelligence aspects of the

Mike has been married for 37 years to Best-selling Romance Novelist Caryn Moya Block. They have two married sons, and three grand-daughters, Vera, Amilya and Quinn. Mike now resides in Williamsburg, Virginia.



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Posted by: TC Maurice | June 29, 2018

Meeting Announcement

When:  July 11th

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

Time:    7pm

Speaker:  James S Pula.

Topic:    Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps

When the name “Chancellorsville” is spoken among Civil War buffs it usually evokes two images: “Lee’s Greatest Battle” and “The Flying Dutchmen.” For more than a century Layout 1and a half, the men of the Eleventh Corps have labored under the stigma of being caught by Stonewall Jackson’s surprise attack, throwing away their weapons and running away. This since event colored the reputation of the corps, and especially its many soldiers of German ancestry, with the label of cowardice. In this illustrated PowerPoint presentation based on his newly published history of the Eleventh Corps, Jim Pula will present a new interpretation that is quite different and, as one reviewer said, “stands conventional wisdom on its head.”

James S. Pula is Professor of History at Purdue University Northwest. The author and editor of more than two dozen books on immigration history and the American Civil War, he is currently the editor-in-chief of Gettysburg Magazine. Among his books on Civil War topics are: For Liberty and Justice: A Biography of Brig. Gen. Włodzimierz B. Krzyżanowski (Ethnic Heritage Studies Series distributed by Syracuse University Press, 2008); The Sigel Regiment: A History of the 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, 1862-1865 (Savas Publishers, 1998; Winner of the Gambrinus Prize in History from the Milwaukee PulawithEncyclopediaCounty Historical Society); With Courage and Honor: The Role of Oneida County in the Civil War (Ethnic Heritage Studies Series distributed by Syracuse University Press, 2010); The Memoirs of Ludwik Żychliński (Columbia University Press, East European Monographs, 1993); and The Memoirs of Wladimir Krzyżanowski (R&E Research, 1978). In addition to the Gambrinus Prize, he has been honored three times with the Oskar Halecki Prize for books on ethnic and immigration history, the Rudewicz Medal, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Posted by: TC Maurice | June 4, 2018

Meeting Announcement

When: June 13th

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

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Tom Parson

Topic: Battle of Tupelo

During the summer of 1864 a Union column, commanded by Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson Smith, set out from Tennessee with a goal that had proven impossible in all prior attempts—to find and defeat the cavalry under the command of Confederate majorWork for Giants general Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest’s cavalry was the greatest threat to the long supply line feeding Sherman’s armies as they advanced on Atlanta. Smith marched at the head of his “gorillas,” veteran soldiers who were fresh from the Red River Campaign. Aside from diverting Confederate attention away from Sherman, Smith’s orders were to destroy Southern railroads and confront Forrest in Mississippi. Just weeks earlier, a similar Union expedition had met with disaster at the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, perhaps the greatest victory of Forrest’s military career.

Joined by reinforcements led by Lt. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee, Forrest and his men were confident and their morale had never been higher. However, for two weeks, Smith outmarched, outfought, and outmaneuvered the team of Lee and Forrest. In three days of bitter fighting, culminating in the battle at Harrisburg, the Confederates suffered a staggering defeat. Forrest’s corps was devastated. He and his men would recover but would never regain their earlier strength, nor would they ever again prove a serious threat to veteran Union infantry. Work for Giants focuses on the details of this overlooked campaign and the efforts, post-battle and post-war, to minimize the outcome and consequences of an important Union victory.

Thomas (Tom) Parson is a native of Sylmar, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Immediately out of high school he enlisted in the US Navy for a four-year hitch which turned out lasting for twenty years. While on leave in May of 1980 he visited his firstTom Parson Civil War battlefield: Shiloh. Tom served on four ships and retired in 1998 as a Chief Petty Officer. Not long after retiring he signed on with the National Park Service and has spent the last nineteen years with Shiloh National Military Park. He spent his first five years with the park maintaining the National Cemetery, the mass Confederate burial trenches and other sites across the battlefield. In 2004 Ranger Parson was assigned to the new Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center in Corinth, Mississippi. His research focuses on military activities in North Mississippi and West Tennessee. Tom lives in Corinth with Nita, his wife of 38 years.


Work for Giants: The Campaign and Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg. Kent State University Press, 2014.

Bear Flag and Bay State: The Californians of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry Regiment. McFarland Publishers, 2001.


Forrest Victorious: The Battle of Brice’s Crossroads.

The Civil War Journal of Chaplain Elijah Edwards, 7th Minnesota Veteran Volunteers.


Blue & Gray Magazine

Hell on the Hatchie: The Fight at Davis Bridge, Tennessee. Dec. 2007.

Stopping Grant in Mississippi: The Holly Springs Raid. 2010.

Final Stand in Mississippi: Tupelo, the Campaign and Battle 1864. July, 2014.


Posted by: TC Maurice | April 26, 2018

Meeting Announcement

When:   May 9th

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

Time:   7pm

Speaker: John Fazio

Topic:  Decapitating the Union: The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

This presentation reviews the evidence linking the Confederate Secret Service, as well as download (1)Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Secretary of State Judah Benjamin and Secretary of War James Seddon, to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the attempted decapitation of the Federal Government on April 14, 1865. John Wilkes Booth and his action team are considered in detail, but only in the context of an underground mosaic that included numerous other individuals and action teams who and which were primed to carry out multiple assassinations for the purpose of snatching Southern independence from the jaws of a toothless and chaotic government.


John C. Fazio has a B.A. and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  Hedownload now lives in Fairlawn (an Akron suburb) with his wife, Mary, who is retired after a career in public relations.  Between them, they have seven children, all of whom have left the nest.  John joined Mary in retirement in 2015 after practicing law for fifty years.  He is a student of history, with an emphasis on European and American history and with an even greater emphasis on the most defining event in American history, the Civil War.  He is a member of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and has been its president.  He is also a member of the Lincoln Forum, the Surratt Society, the Cleveland Grays and the Western Reserve Historical Society.  He teaches Civil War history at Chautauqua Institution, frequently speaks on the war and other subjects before Roundtables and other groups and has written and published numerous articles on the war and other subjects.  In addition, he has written Decapitating the Union: Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin and the Plot to Assassinate Lincoln, after five years of research and writing.  The book was released in January, 2016.  Copies are available from, from other on-line book sellers, from some book stores and directly from the publisher (Morris Gilbert Publishing Company, 3422 S. Smith Rd., Akron, OH 44333).

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