Posted by: TC Maurice | February 2, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When:  February 10th

Where:  Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time: 7pm

Speaker: Roundtable Member Roy Nichols

Topic:  “The Fighting Piatts”.

Mr. Nichols will focus on members of the illustrious Piatt family who were active in the Civil War, mainly:

  • Brig. Gen. Abram Sanders Piatt; his brother:
  • Col. Donn Piatt;  their cousin:
  • Gen. Edward R. S. Canby; and their nephew:
  • Maj. Gen. Benjamin Piatt Runkle.

Biographical information :

  • High School: Ashland, OH
  • B.A., Gordon College (north of Boston), 1968
  • Also studied at Free University of Amsterdam (Neth.) 1967 and in M.A.T. program at Oberlin College, 1968.
  • taught high school  history and American Government 4 years in Lorain County while attending law school by night.
  • J.D., Cleveland Marshall Law school, 1972.
  • Attorney employed by state of OH, 1972-83; rose to Division Chief.
  • Private practice of law after 1983; also taught paralegal courses.
  • Retired since late 2008.     In retirement I have enjoyed such activities as:
  • Storytellers of Central Ohio
  • Participating in Vaudvillities shows
  • Buckeye Santas
  • Historical Presentations
Posted by: TC Maurice | January 6, 2016

Meeting Announcement

When: January 13th

Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time: 7pm

Speaker: You!   Annual membership discussion

Topic: Civil War books and Magazines.

This month the membership will have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of the Civil War book and magazine world, the good the bad and the ugly. Have a book that is near and dear to your heart? bring it and share it with us. Feel that there is an area of the war that needs further or a modern study? Tell us about it. Have pictures of your library? Bring Them! Best Publisher? Worst Publisher? Okay I think you get the point, so please join us on the 13th for a lively and wide ranging friendly discussion. Thanks to Brad Snyder for suggesting this topic.


Mike Peters?



Posted by: TC Maurice | November 30, 2015

No December Meeting



Merry Christmas to All.



Posted by: TC Maurice | October 25, 2015

Meeting Announcement

When:  November 11th

Where:  Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time:   7pm

Speaker: Daniel Davis, Emerging Civil War author and past NPS employee.

Topic:  Mistakes, Miscarriages and Hard Fighting: The Battle of Bentonville

Mr. Davis will present on one of the most forgotten engagements of the Civil War, the Battle of Bentonville. Ultimately fought near the end of the conflict, the largest battle in North Carolina would be overshadowed by the events at Petersburg and Appomattox that took place a few weeks later. In Mr. Davis’ presentation; Mistakes, Miscarriages and Hard Fighting: The Battle of Bentonville, he will discuss the armies and the commanders involved, the events leading up to Bentonville and the three day battle. He’ll also examine the missed opportunities on both sides and place the fighting in the overall context of danthe Carolinas Campaign.

Daniel Davis is managing editor and chief historian of the Emerging Civil War. He is a graduate of Longwood University with a B.A. in Public History. Dan has worked as a historian at both Appomattox Court House National Historic Site and at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with his wife Katy and Beagle mix, Bayla.

He is the co-author of several books in the Emerging Civil War Series, Bloody Autumn: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 and Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor and Calamity in Carolina: The Battles Averasboro and Bentonville with Phillip Greenwalt and Fight Like the Devil: The First Day at Gettysburg July 1, 1863 with Chris Mackowski and Kris White. Along with Eric Wittenberg, he is near completion on a book in the Series on Brandy Station. He is also in the early stages of a book on the March to the Sea.


  • Fight Like the Devil: The First Day at Gettysburg July 1, 1863. Savas Beatie 2015. (co-authored with Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White)
  • Calamity in Carolina: The Battles of Averasboro and Bentonville, March 1865. Savas Beatie 2015. (co-authored with Phillip S. Greenwalt)
  • Bloody Autumn: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. Savas Beatie, 2014. (co-authored with Phillip S. Greenwalt)
  • Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 26-June 5, 1864. Savas Beatie LLC, 2014. (co-authored with Phillip S. Greenwalt)
  • “A Scary Sequel: The Battle and Ramifications of the Battle of Brawner’s Farm at Second Manassas.” Hallowed Ground. Summer 2012. (co-authored with Phillip S. Greenwalt)
Posted by: TC Maurice | September 26, 2015

Meeting Announcement

When:  October 14th

Where:  Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time:    7pm

Speaker:  Dave Bastian, author of Grant’s Canal: The Union’s Attempt to Bypass Vicksburg.

Topic:  Grants Canal

Our speaker for October is Dave Bastian, the author of Grant’s Canal; the Union’s Attempt to Bypass Vicksburg (now out of print). He has given his presentations to over 80 CWRTs. His presentation is based on his book and is about the two51W3KB9GXDL Union campaigns against Vicksburg. It focuses on the efforts to divert the Mississippi River away from Vicksburg by digging a canal across the narrow bend opposite the town. Had the Union succeeded, they would have had immediate and complete control of the river (definitely in the summer of 1862 and possibly in the winter of 1863). The presentation explores Vicksburg’s geographical importance and the topographical characteristics that made it so defensible.

Most books are a new twist on a battle, campaign or leader. His book and presentation is about a totally new topic; one that historians have really not understood to date. As a civil engineer who lived in Vicksburg, he understands the river and how close the Union came in succeeding. Had they succeeded, Vicksburg would no longer have been an important target.

This was an engineering project – diverting the Mighty Mississippi! – an engineering solution to a military problem.

CanDave has a degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and a masters from Delft University in the Netherlands.  Of interest, he was a delegate to the tri-national Commission for the Study of Alternatives to the Panama Canal that produced the feasibility study for the Canal’s current enlargement. More recently he worked on the post-Katrina levee rebuild in New Orleans and co-authored a book that comes out in May, New Orleans, Hurricanes from the Start.

His book, Grant’s Canal, the Union’s Attempt to Bypass Vicksburg is out of print but available on Amazon & Ebay.

Here is a link to the review,

He also has a book that was published June 2014 about the history of hurricanes hitting New Orleans and what the future holds,

Posted by: TC Maurice | September 4, 2015

Meeting Announcement

When:   September 9th

Where:   Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.

Time:       7pm

Speaker:  David R. Bush;  Professor of Anthropology, Heidelberg University

Topic:      Johnson’s Island

David R. Bush, Ph.D.

Heidelberg University

310 E. Market Street

Tiffin, Ohio  44883

Professor of Anthropology, Heidelberg University

Director, Center for Historic and Military Archaeology

Chair, Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison

Contact Information:  419-618-0151,


-B.A., Miami University, Ohio Anthropology                                                  Dave Bush

-M.A., Kent State University Anthropology-Archaeology

-Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University Anthropology/Archaeology

The study of archaeology allows Dr. David R. Bush to honor history, humanity, and the earth.  “It’s so important to understand that the ground contains your history and to be respectful of it.  My goal is to make people think about what the Earth and archaeology represent.”

Dr. Bush has been immersed in the investigation of the Johnson’s Island Prisoner of War Depot-a Union prison confining Confederate Officers-located in Lake Erie, since 1988.  His early efforts to legitimize its significance let to it being recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1990.  Over the years, Bush has now led thousands of students and volunteers of all ages in exploring this Civil War prison site.  Dr. Bush is an emphatic advocate for diligent awareness and constant evaluation of the overall context in which material culture is found.  He directs the Experiential Learning Program in Historic Archaeology which uses the Johnson’s Island Prisoner of War Depot site to introduce 5-12 grade students to the science of archaeology and the history of the Civil War.  Since 2001, Dr. Bush has been Chair of the Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison.  This not-for-profit historic preservation organization has purchased 17 acres of the prison compound and Fort Johnson for education, research, and interpretative use.  These are the only acres of the prison preserved besides the 2 acres owned by the Federal Government protecting the cemetery.students

Dr. Bush has spent many years and a great deal of energy in gathering and reviewing documents from museums, historical societies, and living relatives of the prisoners and guard to help in the understanding of this complex site.  Combining the archaeological and historical records has allowed Dr. Bush to publish several articles on Johnson’s Island, and he is currently writing one of several planned books.

Dr. Bush joined Heidelberg University’s Center for Historic and Military Archaeology in 1998 to focus exclusively on the Johnson’s Island Prisoner of War Depot.  Prior to this, he served as director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Cultural Resource Research from 1991-1998 and as director of Case Western Reserve University’s archaeological laboratory from 1980-1991.

Although Dr. Bush continues to write many articles and chapters of books, his first book on Johnson’s Island was published in 2011.  It is titled I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island.  This book contextualizes the archaeological and historical data from Johnson’s Island with a set of letters written by Wesley Makely (a PoW at Johnson’s Island) with his wife Kate.

Title:  Johnson’s Island Prison Uncovered: An Archaeological Exploration of a Northern Civil War Prison

Historical and archaeological evidence from the Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison (Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio) allows examination of the choices that POWs had during the American Civil War.  Over 10,000 Confederate Officers were imprisoned at Johnson’s Island throughout the war.  Newly confined Confederate officers had to cope with thoughts about survival, escape, or assimilation.  This well illustrated presentation summarizes the results of twenty plus years of research exploring prisoners attempting to cope with these choices and highlights the latest discoveries both in the field and from primary documents all over the United States.

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