Posted by: cocwrt | January 30, 2015

Meeting Announcement

When:   February 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: Eric Johnson. Author of “No Greater Calling: A Chronological Record of Sacrifice and Heroism during the Western Indian Wars, 1865–1898″

Topic:       “A Bright Example of Heroism: Caspar Collins and the Battle of the Platte River Bridge”.

Eric Johnson is a member of the Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable and a published author.  Eric’s interest in the frontier army and the Indian wars can be traced to watching his father sketch Indian 978-0-7643-4255-4fights and fighters. Eric served nearly six years in the USN before attending OSU. As a veteran, Eric believes that all of those who give their lives in service to their nation are deserved of being honored, of being remembered.
Eric worked on No Greater Calling for nearly a decade. He was a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation Award in 2012. His work can now be found in at least 40 libraries, including places such as Harvard, Vanderbilt and Berkeley.
Eric stated that: “While I never wanted this to be about me, the most satisfying feedback I ever received was that I might be the greatest advocate of the frontier Army since John Ford”.

Schiffer Publishing

February Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | December 29, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When: January 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: Stephen M.”Sam” Hood

Topic: The lost papers of John Bell Hood. 

Stephen M. Hood Stephen M. “Sam” Hood is a graduate of Kentucky Military Institute, Marshall University (bachelor of arts, 1976), and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. A collateral descendent of General John Bell Hood, Sam is a retired industrial construction company owner, past member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Gray Education Society of Chatham, Virginia, and is a past president of the Board of Directors of Confederate Memorial Hall Foundation in New Orleans. Sam resides in his hometown of Huntington, West Virginia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with his wife of thirty-five years, Martha, and is the proud father of two sons: Derek Hood of Lexington, Kentucky, and Taylor Hood of Barboursville, West Virginia.


Scholars hail the find as “the most important discovery in Civil War scholarship in the last half century.” The JBH Bookinvaluable cache of Confederate General John Bell Hood’s personal papers includes wartime and postwar letters from comrades, subordinates, former enemies and friends, exhaustive medical reports relating to Hood’s two major wounds, and dozens of touching letters exchanged between Hood and his wife, Anna. This treasure trove of information is being made available for the first time for both professional and amateur Civil War historians in Stephen “Sam” Hood’s The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood.

The historical community long believed General Hood’s papers were lost or destroyed, and numerous books and articles were written about him without the benefit of these invaluable documents. In fact, the papers were carefully held for generations by a succession of Hood’s descendants, and in the autumn of 2012 transcribed by collateral descendent Sam Hood as part of his research for his book John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General (Savas Beatie, 2013.)

This collection offers more than 200 documents. While each is a valuable piece of history, some shed important light on some of the war’s lingering mysteries and controversies. For example, several letters from multiple Confederate officers may finally explain the Confederate failure to capture or destroy Schofield’s Union army at Spring Hill, Tennessee, on the night of November 29, 1864. Another letter by Lt. Gen. Stephen D. Lee goes a long way toward explaining Confederate Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne’s gallant but reckless conduct that resulted in his death at Franklin. Lee also lodges serious allegations against Confederate Maj. Gen. William Bate. While these and others offer a military perspective of Hood the general, the revealing letters between he and his beloved and devoted wife, Anna, help us better understand Hood the man and husband.

Historians and other writers have spent generations speculating about Hood’s motives, beliefs, and objectives, and the result has not always been flattering or even fully honest. Now, long-believed “lost” firsthand accounts previously unavailable offer insights into the character, personality, and military operations of John Bell Hood the general, husband, and father.

The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood at Amazon

Eric Wittenberg interviews Sam Hood

January Newsletter

Posted by: cocwrt | December 7, 2014

No meeting in December



No Meeting in December. Next meeting is January 14th

Posted by: cocwrt | November 15, 2014

Movie Announcement


Ohio History Connection presents The Better Angels exclusively at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, beginning November 21st.

At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation’s greatest leaders: Abraham Lincoln. Using glorious black and white cinematography to conjure an America where the land was raw, The Better Angels sheds new light on the formative years of the future president and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history. Based on 19th-century interviews with Lincoln’s family members,The Better Angels is a beautiful, insightful, and brilliantly composed feature debut from producer Terrence Malick’s (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven) longtime protégé, A.J. Edwards. 

Showtimes and ticket information can be found at

Posted by: cocwrt | October 31, 2014

Meeting Announcement

When: November 12th

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:  Patrick Schroeder

Topic: 11th New York Infantry

Patrick A. SchroederPatrick Schroeder was born January 1, 1968, at Fort Belvoir, VA, and was raised in Utica, New York, until he was 13.  Patrick attended Stuarts Draft High School in Augusta County, VA.  In the spring of 1990, he graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Historical Park Administration from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV.  He has a M.A. in Civil War History from Virginia Tech.  From the summer of 1986-1993, Patrick worked as a seasonal living history interpreter at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  In 1993, he wrote Thirty Myths About Lee’s Surrender, which is currently in its twelfth printing.   From 1994–1999, he was employed at Red Hill, the Patrick Henry National Memorial.  Patrick has written, edited and/or contributed to more than twenty-five Civil War titles including:  More Myths About Lee’s Surrender; The Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox; Recollections and Reminiscences of Old Appomattox; Tar Heels; Sailor’s Creek:  General Custis Lee Captured with Controversy; Civil War Soldier Life:  In Camp and Battle; A Duryee Zouave; We Came To Fight: A History of the 5th NY Veteran Vol. Inf., Duryee’s Zouaves; Campaigns of the 146th Regiment New York State Volunteers; Pennsylvania Bucktails; The Bloody 85th; The Life of General Ely S. Parker: Least Grand Sachem of the Iroquois and Grant’s Military Secretary; Appomattox County; and With the 11th New York Fire Zouaves: In Camp, Battle and Prison.  Patrick resides in Lynchburg, VA with his wife of 19 years and 2 children, and he has downloadworked as an independent researcher, author, historian, and tour guide.  He has been the Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park since 2002.  In an effort to protect sites relevant to the Appomattox Campaign, Patrick has set up the “Appomattox Fund” with the Civil War Trust, to save land important to the climatic events of April 1865.

Elmer Ellsworth and the 11th New York Fire Zouaves: Heroes or Humbugs?–The famed Fire Zouaves raised by celebrity Elmer Ellsworth, had more than their share of mischief. Even after the death of Ellsworth, they were counted on to carry the field at the Battle of Bull Run. Did they live up to expectations?  Find out what happened to this celebrated unit.  434-525-4431

November Newsletter

Otterbein Parking Permit






Posted by: cocwrt | October 8, 2014

Otterbein Parking Permit

Round Table Members here is a link to the Otterbein parking permit that is now required when parking in university parking lots. Please place the permit on your dash when using campus parking lots.

Otterbein Parking Permit


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