Posted by: cocwrt | September 26, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When:   October 8th

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: Eric Wittenberg

Topic: John Buford at Gettysburg; The Devil to Pay

Eric J. Wittenberg is an accomplished American Civil War cavalry historian and author. An attorney in Ohio, Wittenberg has authored over a dozen books on Civil War cavalry subjects, as well as two dozen articles in popular magazines such as North & South, Blue & Gray, America’s Civil War, and Gettysburg Magazine. His first book,Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions (Thomas Publications, Gettysburg PA, 1998) won the prestigious 1998 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award. The second edition won the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award, for Reprint, 2011.

Wittenberg is a favored speaker at Civil War Roundtables, and conducts tours of cavalry battlefields and related sites. He was instrumental in saving important battlefield land at Trevilian Station, Virginia, and wrote the text for the historical waysides located there. He lives in Columbus with his wife Susan and their beloved dogs. Wittenberg is the CEO of Ironclad Publishing Inc. Visit Eric J. Wittenberg’s website:

bufordAlthough many books on Gettysburg have addressed the role played by Brig. Gen. John Buford and his First Cavalry Division troops, there is not a single book-length study devoted entirely to the critical delaying actions waged by Buford and his dismounted troopers and his horse artillerists on the morning of July 1, 1863. Award-winning Civil War historian Eric J. Wittenberg rectifies this glaring oversight with “The Devil’s to Pay”: John Buford at Gettysburg. A History and Walking Tour.

This comprehensive tactical study examines the role Buford and his horse soldiers played from June 29 through July 2, 1863, including the important actions that saved the shattered remnants of the First and Eleventh Corps. Wittenberg relies upon scores of rare primary sources, including many that have never before been used, to paint a detailed picture of the critical role the quiet and modest cavalryman known to his men as “Honest John” or “Old Steadfast” played at Gettysburg.

The Devil’s to Pay” also includes a detailed walking and driving tour of pertinent sites, complete with GPS coordinates. Three appendices address the nature of Buford’s defense at Gettysburg, whether his troopers were armed with repeating weapons, and whether a feint by his men late in the day caused the Confederate infantry to form “squares” (a Napoleonic defensive tactic). Finally, 17 maps by Gettysburg cartographer Phil Laino, together with more than 80 images, several published for the first time, round out this study. “The Devil’s to Pay” is a must-have for Gettysburg enthusiasts.”

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Eric on C-Span speaking about Trevilian Station

October Newsletter


Posted by: cocwrt | August 28, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When:   September 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: Greg Mertz

Topic: “Spotsylvania”

Greg Mertz is the Supervisory Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and has worked on the four Greg Mertz 453battlefields there for 30 years. At our September meeting, Greg will discuss the opening days of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House from three perspectives. Federal cavalry commander Phillip Sheridan had a falling out with army commander George Meade, resulting in the cavalry making a raid and leaving the army without its “eyes and ears” for the entire battle. Federal Fifth Corps leader Gouverneur Warren had been a rising star in the army since showing initiative at Gettysburg’s Little Round Top, but he fell out of favor at Spotsylvania. The refinement and widespread use of field fortifications resulted in the experimentation with some new tactics being tried at Spotsylvania. The use of cavalry, the reputation of Warren and attacking earthworks in the opening phase of the fighting at Spotsylvania had far reaching consequences.

September Newsletter

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Posted by: cocwrt | August 3, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When: August 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: Christopher Kolakowski

Topic: The battle of Perryville

Christopher L. Kolakowski received his BA in History and Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College, and his MA in Public
kolakowski_chrisHistory from the State University of New York at Albany. Chris has spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, Kentucky State Parks, and the U.S. Army. He has written and spoken on military leadership, the Civil War, American Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, and both World Wars. He is the author of two books by the History Press, The Civil War at Perryville: Battling For the Bluegrass and The Stones River & Tullahoma9781596296725_p0_v2_s114x166 Campaigns: This Army Does Not Retreat. Chris currently serves as director of the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, VA. In 2013, the U.S. Army will publish his volume on the 1862 Virginia Campaigns as part of its sesquicentennial series on the Civil War. He is also working on a study of the Philippine Campaign of 1941-42, scheduled for release in 2016.

Civil War Trust interview with Chris Kolakowski

August Newsletter



Posted by: cocwrt | July 1, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When:    July 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: Jamie Ryan

Topic:   George Gordon Meade, “Before Gettysburg”

Jamie Ryan is a charter member of the COCWRT and has presented numerous topics to our roundtable and other roundtables around the state of Ohio. Mr. Ryan has conducted extensive studies of the Fifth Corps of the Army of the attorney_42Potomac and has visited every Fifth Corps battlefield. Mr. Ryan is a partner in Bailey Cavalieri, LLC, a Columbus, Ohio‐based law firm, where he practices corporate law with a concentration on commercial lending, corporate transactions, and unclaimed property law.
At our July meeting, Ryan brings us George Meade before Gettysburg.  Mr. Ryan will describe the prewar career of Meade and examine his extensive experience as a brigade, division, and corps commander (of both the First and Fifth Corps) before his promotion to commander of the Army of the Potomac.

July Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | June 3, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When: June 11th 2014

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: Roger Pickenpaughuntitled

Topic:  “Captives in Gray: Union Prisons”

Roger Pickenpaugh is a retired history teacher. His first Civil War book was Rescue by Rail (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1998), It told the story of the transfer of the 11th & 12th Corps, Army of the Potomac, to help relieve the siege of Chattanooga. His Civil untitledWar prison books, all published by the University of Alabama Press, are “Camp Chase and the Evolution of Union Prison policy,” “Captives in Blue,” and “Captives in Gray.” “Captives in Gray” received the James I. Robertson Prize, presented by the Central New Jersey CWRT. Pickenpaugh lives with his wife and co-researcher, Marion, in Caldwell, Ohio.   

June Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | April 20, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When: May 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: Mike Weaver, Round table member and author.

Topic:  Col. Thomas Worthington of the 46th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at  Shiloh

Mike Weaver as Col. Thomas Worthington

Mike Weaver as Col. Thomas Worthington

Mike Weaver is a pastor, writer, publisher and actor.  His interest in Thomas Worthington’s story with the 46th OVI began as a high school student investigating his great, great, grandfather Theodore Cook’s participation in the war with the 46th. As an actor, Mike has at different times interpreted Theodore Cook and Col. Thomas Worthington from the 46th for school and community groups, as well as the Columbus Bar Association’s Civil War Roundtable.  In 2010, he edited and reissued Thomas Worthington’s account of the 46th Ohio at Shiloh A Brief History of the History of the 46th Ohio Volunteers.    Mike also interprets the 16th Century reformer of the church, Martin Luther.

May 2014 Newsletter

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