Posted by: cocwrt | April 20, 2015

Lincoln Funeral Train

Four years ago, the National Park Service commemorated the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s inaugural journey to Washington, DC with first person interpretive programs of Lincoln in all of the major cities that Lincoln visited on the day that he made his visit. This year, the National Park Service will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Funeral with programs in each of the major cities that held a funeral for Lincoln from Washington, DC to Springfield, Illinois on the day the funerals were held. The program consists of an introduction by a National Park Service ranger, followed by a one hour presentation of Lincoln by accomplished Lincoln actor, Fritz Klein The presentation will focus on Lincoln’s vision for America as he expressed it during his life, his vision of moving the nation from civil war to civil rights.

Wednesday April 29th 2015
Ohio State Capitol

Abraham Lincoln’s Journey Home

Posted by: cocwrt | March 29, 2015

Meeting Announcement

When: April 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: Dale Phillips; Superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, IL.

Topic: The Capture of New Orleans – April 1862

From the moment the Civil War began the principle objectives of the Union war effort, as part of the Anaconda Plan, were to blockade southern ports of entry and capture the Mississippi River Valley. Both these elements came into play when we look at the Union approach to the city of New Orleans. A great deal of attention has always been given to the Union advance and the Confederate defense of the upper Mississippi Valley. Only a small amount of attention has been given to the story of what took place at the mouth of the river and in the lower delta. Mr Phillips presentation will look at the April 1862 capture of New Orleans, the largest city in the Confederacy, and its implications to the Confederate cause. The battle itself, and the running past Forts Jackson and St. Philip by the fleet of David Farragut, will be the cornerstone of his presentation. He will examine the Confederate attempts to defend the city despite a lack of support from the government in Richmond. We will examine in detail the Confederate attempt to defend the lower river. This will include the little know effort to construct a River Defense Fleet anchored by, what would have been the most powerful ironclads the Confederacy would ever try to construct, the powerful CSS Louisiana and Mississippi.

Dale is a native of New Jersey. He earned his BA degree in American History from York College of Pennsylvania in 1978download. He began working for the National Park service as an interpreter at Gettysburg in 1976. His other duties have included being a law enforcement ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville, Illinois, a interpretive ranger at Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina, supervisory park ranger/historian at Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Military Park, unit manager of the Chalmette (Battle of New Orleans site) Unit of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, unit manager of the Acadian Unit of Jean Lafitte, and superintendent of the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.

His present position is that of superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, IL. He has written numerous articles on U.S. military history for various publications. He has also work as a guide/lecturer for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, Civil War Roundtables, and other history touring organizations. His area of expertise is from the colonial period (French and Indian War) through the American Civil War. Dale is married to the former Carol Patton Bernstein of Shreveport, Louisiana. They have one daughter, Laura, who attends college in Phoenix, Arizona.

April Newsletter

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Posted by: cocwrt | February 25, 2015

Meeting Announcement

When: March 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: Chris Mackowski,  Professor of Journalism & Mass Communications at St. Bonaventure & Emerging Civil War co-founder, and author.

Topic:  “Battle of the Bloody Angle.”

For twenty-two straight hours, in torrential downpours, up to their knees in mud and blood, Federals and ConfederatesLayout 1 slugged it out in the most intense sustained hand-to-hand combat of the war. A panopoly of horror, one soldier called it. A Saturnalia of blood. Hell’s Half-Acre. The slaughter pen of Spotsylvania. Most remember it simply as the Bloody Angle.

Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief of Emerging Civil War and managing editor of the Emerging Civil War Series. He is a professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, and historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia. He has also worked as a historian for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he gives tours at four major Civil War battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and downloadSpotsylvania), as well as at the building where Stonewall Jackson died. Chris serves on the national advisory board for the Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie

March Newsletter

Otterbein Parking Permit

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

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