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  • ***Be sure to bring a friend or anyone else who might be interested in the Civil War. The May meeting will be our special picnic remembering the end of the Civil War and the end of its Sesquicentennial.***
  • Walking tour of the Perryville Battlefield: May 15 - 16th. Click here to get the details!
  • Join us for this year's Civil War Trust Park Day on April 18th at Camp Dennison! More information available here.
  • Click here for information about the April trip to Appomattox, Petersburg, and Bermuda Hundred.
  • Ride with the Devil: the Guerrilla Trail through Central Kentucky October 13, 2014, organized by the Filson Historical Society. See for registration and trip information.
  • Free program: "Women of the Civil War" looks at the mothers, wives, sisters and
    sweethearts of the soldiers. Author and presenter Judy Cook will also be selling and autographing her recently published book, "A Quiet Corner of the War: The
    Civil War Letters of Gilbert and Esther Claflin, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin,
  • The 2013 - 2014 Preservation Project was a success! Check this page for more information.
  • Member Darryl Smith is leading a walking tour of the Perryville Battlefield on May 17th. This will be a very good all-day event. Click here for more details.
  • The Fort Wright James A. Ramage Civil War Museum has a ton of activities coming up, including the Annual Blue and Gray Dinner April 24th. Check out their newsletter or view their website for more information.
  • The Crossroads of America Civil War Show is to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 4-5, 2014. The show is held at Beech Grove High School, 5330 Hornet Ave, Indianapolis 46107, which is located just off of I-465 at the Emerson Street exit on the south side of Indy.
  • The 2014 Springfield Civil War Symposium will be held on April 12th. Check out this flyer for more information.
  • The Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the 5th grade classes in Reynoldsburg, OH are gathering support to repair the Ohio State Monument at Missionary Ridge. The monument's hand is missing. Please see this flyer for more information.
  • On Saturday, March 8, Ed Bearss will speak at U. S. Grant's boyhood home in Georgetown, Ohio on the War in the West.  Click here for more details.
  • Starting on Saturday, January 18th 2014, the Taft Museum of Art will be offering a free program "Civil War Saturdays." These programs will feature of variety of Civil War related topics. More information can be found on this flyer.
  • The 4th Quarter of the General William Lytle Camp newsletter is available here.
  • New collection of Gustav Tafel Papers at Cincinnati Historical Library & Archives (9th OVI, 106th OVI). Tafel Papers
  • Thursday - Friday, October 10 - 11, 2013: For those of you who might be interested, Kramer & Kramer Auctioneers of Eaton, OH, will be conducting one of the finest Civil War Auctions in our history. This auction will be held at the Xenia (Greene Co.) Fairgrounds on Thurs., Oct., 10 & Fri. Oct. 11th. Auction is located at 120 Fairgrounds Rd., Xenia, OH. Click here for the flyer.
  • Thursday - Saturday, October 17-19, 2013: East Tennessee in Turmoil - The Filson Historical Society will host another Civil War Field Institute whose mission is to explore the complex history of the Civil War era in Kentucky, The Ohio Valley region and the Upper South through a series of field trips and lectures that allow participants to follow the footsteps of the armies and stand on the grounds where they fought. More information, including reservation information and price, available here.
  • Saturday, October 19, 2013: Perryville Battlefield Hike with CCWRT Member Darryl Smith, starting at 11 AM, est. four hours. Information and photos here.
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections is pleased to announce a new crowdsourcing project, offering volunteers the opportunity to transcribe A Sketch of Hoods Texas Brigade of the Virginia Army by Joe Joskins, a rebel in Co. “A,” 5th Texas Volunteers. To transcribe Joskins’ diary, create an account and follow this link to A Sketch of Hoods Texas Brigade of the Virginia Army. To read more about the project, see the blog The Top Shelf.
  • Friday-Sunday, September 27-29, 2013: Sherman House Museum 2013 Civil War Symposium, Lancaster, Ohio. Information flyer and website .
  • Saturday, September 28th, 2013: A program to dedicate the new markers of the 6 unmarked Union soldier graves will be held at noon at Wesleyan Cemetery.
  • The new John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail of Ohio pamphlet is now available for download from the Ohio Historical Society’s Morgan’s Raid web site:
  • Sunday, July 14, 2013: Morgan Heritage Trail events in Colerain Township, Evendale, Blue Ash, and Sharon Woods Heritage Village. See details below on this page.
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013: Lloyd Library & Museum invites all members of the CCWRT to attend the grand opening of the "Wounded Home" exhibit. This exhibit examines the impact of the war on the domestic front. See more information on this flyer.
  • See "News & Events" for information on a one-day tour with Greg Biggs at Donelson in July, a Filson tour of East Tennessee, John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail events on July 13-14, and more.
  • Saturday, July 6th: One day tour of Fort Donelson with Greg Biggs. Get Information & Make Reservations .
  • Saturday, July 13, 2013: Ceremonial Dedication of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail at Harrison, Ohio. See full details below on this page.
  • Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26, 2013: Patriot Freedom Festival, Dayton VA Medical Center Campus. The American Veterans Heritage Center hosts this 9th annual event for the preservation of original buildings from the Dayton branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The festival features reenactors, living history demonstrations, history tours of the Miami Valley Military History Museum and the VA Campus grounds, home of the original Dayton Soldier's Home and the Dayton National Cemetery! There will also be free children's activities, a 5K Run/Walk/Roll, Vendors and Food. For more information, please call 937-267-7628 or visit AVHC. Flyer here .
  • Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, 2013: Ohio Civil War Collectors Show & Artillery Show, Mansfield OH. Information here
  • Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27, 2013: Grant Celebration 2013, many events. Brochure here .
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013: Blue & Gray Dinner to benefit the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, Gardens of Park Hills, 6 PM. Featured Speaker is CCWRT member David Mowery. Information here and website .
  • Friday, April 19, 2013: Kentucky Historical Society's History Mobile at the Cold Spring Library, featuring a brand new exhibit in its debut exhibition, titled "Torn Within, Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War Era." Information: Janet Arno, 859-781-6166, ext. 28, email Janet Arno . Library location: 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring.
  • Saturday, April 13, 2013: Springfield Civil War Symposium with Parker Hills and Kent Masterson Brown. Reservations required, brochure here
  • Thursday, April 11, 2013, 4:00 PM: The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions at the University of Cincinnati will be hosting the Cecil Striker Society’s annual lecture at 4:00-6:30 PM. The guest speaker for the event will be Peter D’Onofrio, PhD, President of the Society of Civil War Surgeons, who will speak on the topic of "Civil War Medicine." If you use Facebook, details will be on this site: Winkler Center . The lecture is open to the public and is free of charge.
  • Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:00 PM: Dr. Christopher Phillips, University of Cincinnati, speaking on "Shadow Wars: The Civil War Communities and the Remaking of the Border Region." The Harry Whiting Brown Scout House, Glendale, corner of Willow and Sharon Road. Presented by the Glendale Community Library. Flyer here
  • Saturday, April 6, 2013: Grand Re-opening of the Grant Boyhood Home in Georgetown, 11AM- 2PM; Ed Bearss Presentation on "The End of the War" at Gaslight Theater, Georgetown, 3 PM. Information at
  • Saturday, April 6, 2013: Taft Symposium, Taft National Historic Site, 9AM to 3PM. Information
  • Friday-Saturday, March 29-30, 2013: Crossroads of America Civil War / Political Show, Indianapolis IN. Information at
  • Saturday, March 16, 2013: Northern Kentucky Regional History Day, NKU Student Union, 8 AM to 2 PM. Information here
  • Sean Thomas & Steve Oldfield previewed their documentary on the battle of Augusta KY (27 Sep 1862) at the January 2013 CCWRT meeting: Augusta KY Project & Video & Support . CCWRT webpage on Augusta during the 1862 Confederate advance on Cincinnati here . Cincinnati Business Courier's January 11th article on project .
  • Cincinnati and the Civil War: The Queen City Responds, 1861-1862, exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Information.
  • 16 November 2012, Friday, 7:00 PM, Campbell County Public Library, Fort Thomas branch: Jeff Shaara on A Blaze of Glory. Tickets free, but required. Information and Request Tickets.
  • Two events Saturday, 20 October 2012:
    • 2:00 PM, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County: "Valor with Pick and Shovel: The Black Brigade of Cincinnati," Albert Hallenberg, Reference Librarian at PLCH and CCWRT. Information
    • 4:00 PM, Dedication of CCWRT's marker on the site of the Burnet House, 3rd & Vine Street, downtown Cincinnati. See information.
  • 6 October 2012, Saturday, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (flyer):
    • 11:00 AM on "Researching Your Civil War Ancestor Online" by Liz Stratton.
    • Noon to 2:00 PM: Genealogy & Local History Department's "Individual Consultation with Experts."
    • 2:00 PM, "William Haines Lytle--Cincinnati General and Poet," Mike Rhein, CCWRT. Mike's talk will focus on the nearby Lytle homestead (where Lytle Park is now).
  • 5-7 October 2012, Friday-Sunday: Battle of Perryville KY: 150th Anniversary. Weekend Schedule.
  • 27-30 September 2012, Thursday-Sunday: Battle of Augusta KY, 150th Anniversary. Information.
  • 29 September 2012, Saturday, 2:00 PM, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County: "Railroads in Civil War Cincinnati," Larry Southwick, CCWRT. Information.
  • Civil War Trust honors two long-time friends of CCWRT: Will Greene/Pamplin Park and David Bush/Friends and Descendants of Johnson's Island Civil War Prison.
  • 22 September 2012, Saturday, 2:00 PM, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County: "The John Hunt Morgan Trail," David Mowery, Ohio Civil War Trail Commission & CCWRT. Information.
  • 22-23 September 2012, Saturday-Sunday: Camp Nelson KY Civil War Days. Information.
  • 12 September 2012, Wednesday, 7:00 PM: "Defending the Union: Lew Wallace," Ray Boomhower, Indiana Historical Society, at Heritage Village Museum, Sharonville. Information.
  • 9 September 2012, Sunday, 5:30 - 9:00 PM: Black Brigade Monument Ceremony and Cincinnati Pops, Smale Riverfront Park. Information here and here.
  • 7 September 2012, Friday: Cuyahoga County Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Autumn Clambake Fundraiser. Information.
  • 6 September 2012, Thursday: CCWRT Member Jill Holt presents "Female Soldiers of the Civil War," Cincinnati Museum Center, Thursday, September 6, 7 PM. Information.
  • 25-26 August 2012, Saturday-Sunday: Battle of Richmond KY, 150th Anniversary. Information.
  • 18-19 August 2012, Saturday-Sunday: Battery Hooper Days, Ramage Museum, Fort Wright. Information.
  • 23 June 2012, Saturday: Macomb OH, Honoring Andrews' Raiders. Information.
  • Saturday-Sunday, 16-17 June 2012, Eden Park: Cincinnati's Juneteenth celebration. Information.

Update--John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail:

Ceremonial Dedication of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio

An Ohio Civil War 150 Event

On July 13, 2013, the newly established John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail of Ohio will be officially dedicated in Harrison, Ohio. The City of Harrison and the Harrison Village historical Society has teamed up to provide a day-long commemoration event with lots of activities. Come see the exact spot where Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his 2,000 Confederate cavalrymen entered the State of Ohio 150 years ago as they continued on their famous Great Raid (or Indiana-Ohio Raid) of 1863.

From 10 am. to 6 pm., a Civil War encampment depicting life in the Civil War will be held at the city park at Hill and Park Streets. The main activities will occur along the 100-200 blocks of Harrison Avenue. Starting at 12:15 pm., Civil War musicians and singers will perform period music and song. At 12:30 pm., the formal dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting will take place at the start of the 561-mile long John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail, the longest heritage trail in Ohio. A reenactment and skirmish of Morgan’s Great Raid will be held at 1 pm. The dedication and reenactment will coincide with the exact time and date that Morgan’s Raiders entered Harrison exactly 150 years ago.

All of the public are welcome to come and take part in this unique dedication and commemoration event. Food courts and restroom amenities will be available for visitors.

Throughout July 13-14, other dedications and events around the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail will take place around Cincinnati. For example, Colerain Township will conduct a 5K run/walk event on July 13 along the Trail, and commemoration events will occur at Northgate Mall. On July 14, 2013, Evendale, Blue Ash, and Sharon Woods Heritage Village will also conduct Morgan’s Raid commemoration events related to the Morgan Trail of Ohio. Please contact those cities or museums directly for more information, or go to the Ohio Civil War 150 event calendar CW 150 Calendar.

The official state-wide dedications of the Morgan Trail have been set for three separate weekends in July 2013, the 150th anniversary of Morgan's Indiana-Ohio Raid. The exact weekends are: (1) July 13, 2013 - to be held in Hamilton County, as described above; (2) July 20, 2013 - to be held in Meigs County; (3) July 27, 2013 - to be held in Columbiana County.

The publication of the Ohio Morgan Trail guidebook will be completed and available for purchase at all normal online book outlets, as well as at some large chain bookstores, before the spring of 2013. The cost will range from $20 - $25 per copy. One hundred percent of the profits from the book are going directly into the 501c3 maintenance fund for the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail of Ohio. The fund will be managed by the Ohio Historical Society.

A free Ohio John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail pamphlet will also be produced for entities to distribute sometime in late 2012 or early 2013. These pamphlets will be made available to travelers to pick up at most major Ohio State Welcome Areas, too.

The John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail is a 1000-mile long driving tour utilizing hundreds of directional signs and wayside interpretive signs installed across the states of Kentucky, Indiana, and (soon) Ohio. It recalls the raid of John Hunt Morgan's Confederate cavalry division in July 1863, the only major Civil War military action on Ohio soil.

Link to Ohio Historical Society's website: Morgan's Raid

Perryville Effort to Save Dr. Polk's Home: At the time of the Perryville battle on 8 October 1862 (150 years this fall), Perryville physician Dr. Jefferson J. Polk was sixty years old and retired with pulmonary difficulties. As the 2500 wounded soldiers of both armies that were left in Perryville inundated the town of only 300 residents, Dr. Polk was among those who worked to the point of exhaustion in the attempt to save lives and help the wounded recover. He served as the surgeon of the field hospitals, and hosted 8-10 wounded men in his home, including Dr. Karl Langenbecker, a Confederate surgeon of the 13th Louisiana Infantry, who remained behind to provide medical treatment and who died of disease in December. (Stuart Sanders, Perryville Under Fire: The Aftermath of Kentucky's Largest Civil War Battle.)

Dr JJ Polk Home_Perryville

An effort is now underway to save Dr. Polk's small home and office that are still standing on Main Street in Perryville. Main Street Perryville Chair Robbie Mays describes the project in a short video at the Polk home and office here. Information on the fund-raising project is here.

Major New Civil War Collection at Cincinnati Museum Center: Lt David Jones, a Welsh immigrant to Cincinnati, was a Captain in the 1st Kentucky Infantry. This collection includes letters, muster rolls, and other materials related to his service, which included western Virginia in 1861, Shiloh, Stones River, and Chickamauga. He was captured at Pea Vine Creek GA in September 1863, and imprisoned at Atlanta and Richmond Libby Prison, from which he escaped. The muster rolls included in this collection provide a nearly complete record of Company D of the 1st Kentucky Volunteers including members, ranks, arms and where they marched and camped from 1861 to 1863. See here for further information and links to the CMC website.

Website From Mike Rogers: Our current preservation project and the rest of this season's speaker list are published at This website offers an outlet to help gain awareness to a very broad community of Civil War enthusiasts beyond our local area. also offers an interactive battle map, which allows you to select a state and look up every battle that took place within that state. You can view information such as commanders, units involved, casualties, and a description. This is a very interesting and educational tool, and many of our members might find it interesting. The interactive battle map can be found at:

CCWRT 2012 Tour -- Seven Days Campaign: Mark you calendars for the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table spring field trip. The dates are April 20, 21, 22, and 23. The destination is Richmond, VA. The battlefield is the Seven Days. Highlights will include the following: Dabbs House (Lee's Headquarters), Mechanicsville, Gaines's Mill, Savage's Station, White Oak Swamp, Frayser's Farm/Glendale, Malvern Hill. The tour guide is Bob Krick of the NPS.

As we have done the past few years, transportation will be via a 15 passenger van. To reserve your seat for this tour, please send a check in the amount of $115 made out to the CCWRT and mailed to Dan Bauer, 6581 Club LN, West Chester, OH 45069 or present the check to Dan Bauer at one of the next couple of meetings. Checks will not be cashed until one month prior to departure. The $115 will cover the cost of transportation, guide fees, and miscellaneous expenses. Each attendee will responsible for their own hotel costs and meals. We will be staying at the Hampton Inn - Mechanicsville 804-559-0559. If you have any questions, contact Dan Bauer at 759-4495.

As an aside, the Civil War Preservation Trust is asking for donations for the purchase of land at Gaines's Mills, VA. As part of this effort, the CWPT website has posted a video of Bob Krick discussing the significance of the property. The video can be seen here . This is a three for one deal as you can see Bobby Krick in action, learn about Gaines's Mill, and perhaps consider making a donation.

CCWRT Tour to Shiloh and Corinth report available here.

  • Saturday, October 1, 2011: CCWRT members Albert Hallenberg and Dan Reigle will host a table at "Day with the Experts" at the main library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 11 AM to 1 PM, on the third floor.
  • Saturday, October 8, 2011: CCWRT member Albert Hallenberg will present "Civil War Genealogy" at the main library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 2 PM, on the third floor. Dan Reigle will join with Albert for Q&A's.
  • See flyer on special meeting arrangements for the April 21, 2011, meeting with Harold Holzer.

    April 2011 events:

    • Jeff Shaara at Main Library, Cincinnati, Sat, April 2. See invitation.
    • Important Ramage Museum fund-raiser, Wed, April 6. See invitation.
    • Cincinnati premier of new film "Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray," Wed, April 13. See invitation.
    • Full day seminar on Civil War and military genealogical research with Craig Roberts Scott, Sat, April 16. See flyer and registration form.

    150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Inaugural Journey Came To Cincinnati Museum Center on Saturday, February 12th

    Lincoln, 2011 Feb 12

    The video of this event is now available on YouTube:

    On Saturday, February 12, 2011, the National Park Service tour group following President-elect Lincoln's route to his inauguration presented "The Momentous Issue of Civil War" in conjunction with Cincinnati Museum Center. William Dickson described the original event as "an outpouring of the people such as no man here ever before or since has received," and we were pleased with an outpouring of 600 people for the program, filling Reakirt Auditorium twice. Spirit Trickey, Park Ranger at the Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock AR (where her mother made history as one of the "Little Rock Nine" in 1957) introduced the program and put it in historical context. The program featured Cincinnati Mayor R. M. Bishop's warm introduction of the President-elect (delivered by Jack Williams), and Mr. Lincoln's speech (delivered superbly by Fritz Klein). The speech of Frederick Oberkleine on behalf of two thousand German workingmen who gathered in front of the Burnet House was delivered with great gusto by Bob Allen, matching the original Cincinnati Daily Gazette's assessment that Oberkleine "spoke with great effect." The Kolping Saengerchor of Cincinnati presented the musical serenade presented to Mr. Lincoln by the German crowd assembled at the Burnet House.

    This has been a great kickoff to our commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War period. CCWRT greatly appreciates the Cincinnati Museum Center's hosting of this event and the sponsorship of Vanessa Van Zant, Director of the Cincinnati History Museum. Shawn Kohrman, Adult Education Coordinator of the Cincinnati History Museum, developed the important idea to incorporate the unique aspects of Lincoln's visit to Cincinnati into the National Park Service's presentation. Shawn also acted as narrator for the program.

    In recognition of the fact that Lincoln's visit occurred on his 52nd birthday and our commemoration occurred on the 202nd anniversary of his birthday, CMC presented attendees with a piece of birthday cake in honor of Mr. Lincoln.

    Birthday Cake

    To keep up with the tour as it has moved past Cincinnati, visit NPS Historian Dave Schafer's blog at Lincoln's Inaugural Journey.

    For Bob Limoseth's report on the event, please see here.

    Fritz Klein & Bob Limoseth

    Fritz Klein, portraying Lincoln, and CCWRT Event Chair Bob Limoseth, 12 Feb 2011.

    Programs on African Americans in the Civil War at Main Library

    See more information in Main Library Programs, from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

    Saturday, February 5th, 3 PM: Mildred Baynes, "Slavery and Freedom on Burge Plantation: Uncovering the Lives of Slave Ancestors in Bondage and on the March with Sherman"

    Saturday, February 12th, 3 PM: Larry Hamilton, "Camp Nelson: Black Soldiers and Refugee Slaves in the Civil War"

    Saturday, February 19th, 3 PM: Jan Brown Checco, "Honoring the Black Brigade: The Story of the Cincinnati Park Board's Monument to the Gallant Defenders of Cincinnati"

    150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Inaugural Journey Coming to Cincinnati on Saturday, February 12th

    See latest information flyer Lincoln Inaugural Visit flyer.

    The National Park Service recently contacted the Round Table for assistance in identifying a site in Cincinnati to host the 150th Anniversary Observance of Lincoln's Inaugural Journey from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, D.C. Vanessa Van Zant, Director of the Cincinnati History Museum, has agreed to host the event with the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table acting as its community partner.

    Abraham Lincoln traveled through more than 83 cities and towns in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, on his way to Washington D.C. from February 11-23, 1861. The second night of his journey, February 12th - his 52nd birthday, was spent in Cincinnati at the Burnet Hotel. The program will include an accomplished Lincoln presenter who will dramatically portray what Lincoln said and did here, to the extent practical, and National Park Service Rangers will discuss the larger "Civil War to Civil Rights" theme of the journey.

    Other forms of programming to assist this visit are being considered. The Round Table will have an Information Table immediately outside the auditorium. We plan on handing out promotional brochures and answer questions about Round Table membership as well as help the public understand the importance of this most important time period in American History.

    We need your help in getting the word out and we do hope that you'll want to attend so that the Round Table will be well represented. If you are a member of another Round Table, please extend an invitation for their members to attend. If you have a friend, or neighbor, with an interest in Abraham Lincoln or the American Civil War, be sure they receive an invitation to join us as well. We'd love to fill the museum's auditorium and we can't do that without your help. We hope you'll mark your calendars now for Saturday night, February 12, 2011 at 7:00pm for an Evening at The Museum with Lincoln. What a great way to launch the Sesquicentennial activities scheduled for 2011.and you can be a part of it! Contact Bob Limoseth at or call him at 513.777.2160 if you need additional information.

    For more information on the NPS program "The Momentous Issue of Civil War," see the program description Lincoln Inaugural Journey.


    Lytle Camp SUVCW & Friends of Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Announce Partnership for Restoration of Lytle Monument

    As many of you know, the original Lytle Monument at Chickamauga was a pyramid of cannonballs. However, it is now a flat monument with only one of the original pyramid's sides still present and lying flat. See the attached flyer for information about the project announced on 19 September 2010 to restore the monument.

    See Lytle Camp's project webpage here and the project webpage for Friends of the Park here.


    John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail of Ohio: Sign Delivery Update

    In a recent meeting with the Ohio Historical Society (OHS), it was announced that the schedule for delivery of the Ohio John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail signs has been pushed back to the Spring of 2011. This delay comes from the need to put the final touches on the interpretive marker designs and to send out the directional signs and interpretive signs for manufacturing. Also, it was felt that public awareness of the trail would be heightened if the markers and signs were installed next year, the first year of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. OHS plans to make the Ohio John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail one of the key highlights of the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Ohio. This delay will also give your communities more time to prepare any dedications for the Trail.

    OHS will confirm or modify the delivery date sometime this coming winter.

    The John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail is a 1000-mile long driving tour utilizing hundreds of directional signs and wayside interpretive signs installed across the states of Kentucky, Indiana, and (soon) Ohio. It recalls the raid of John Hunt Morgan's Confederate division in July 1863, the only major Civil War military action on Ohio soil.

    David L. Mowery
    Hamilton County Coordinator
    Ohio Civil War Trail Commission
    21 August 2010

    Washington Research History Class Promotes Candidacy of Civil War Congressman Ashley for Statuary Hall in U.S. Capitol

    Residents of Ohio have from now until June 12 to vote for which of 10 finalists they believe should stand for Ohio in National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol. Through partnership with the Ohio Historical Society, the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Western Reserve Historical Society, Ohioans can vote at one of 36 polling stations set up at historical sites and museums around the state. Ballots are also available for download at, which also includes a complete list of polling sites and more detailed instructions on how to participate.

    Paul LaRue's Senior Research History students have researched the career of James M. Ashley, Republican U.S. Congressman from Toledo, who was an abolitionist leader in the House of Representatives during the war, playing prominent roles in the elimination of slavery in the District of Columbia and in the passage of the 13th Amendment that eliminated slavery in the United States.

    For more information on how and where to vote, read Senator Mark Wagoner's announcement on citizen voting here.

    Read Brooke Hayner's article on "Ohio's National Statuary Selection Process, 2010" here.

    Read Raelin Ingram's article on "The Life and Times of James M. Ashley" here.

    Read David McClurkin's comments on Civil War period candidates Stowe, Ashley, and Grant here.

    Important Ramage Museum fund-raiser, Wed, April 6. See invitation

    Saturday April 17, 10 AM: Dedication of Museum in Morgan Township, Butler County

    David Mowery's article on the significance of the township meeting house built in 1858 for Morgan Township, Butler County, is available here. The first Copperhead society in southern Butler County was organized on July 17, 1863, in a meeting at this township building. The interior of the house has now been restored and will become a museum. It will be dedicated on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at 10 AM. The building is located in the town of Okeana, on Route 126 about 7 miles northwest of Ross. If using the interstates for access, take the Colerain exit off I-275, and go north on US 27 about 5 miles to Ross.


    Congratulations to the Cincinnati Museum Center for being awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service; see information here.

    Victorian Society Symposium on "Ohio Presidents and Politicos"

    COVINGTON-The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Victorian Society in America will present "Ohio Presidents and Politicos," the title of this year's popular annual symposium, on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at historic Trinity Episcopal Church, Fourth Street and Madison Avenue.

    Maybe you already knew that eight Ohioans served as U.S. president. But did you know that three of them were from Hamilton County? Or that Abraham Lincoln made three visits to Cincinnati? Or how about the pivotal role that Cincinnati's infamous "Boss" Cox, whom muckraking journalists called "the biggest boss of them all," played in bringing order and reform to the changing city?

    Learn more about how the Queen City led our country at "Ohio Presidents and Politicos." Speakers are:

    • Dan Hurley, historian, "The Taft Family: A Remarkable Legacy of Leadership"
    • Bob Wimberg, author of six books on Cincinnati history, "Ulysses S. Grant and his Family"
    • Judith Spraul-Schmidt, University of Cincinnati history professor, " 'Boss' Cox's Cincinnati"
    • Warren G. Harding III, great-nephew of President Warren G. Harding, who will talk on "Our Common Country: Mutual Good Will in America"
    • Joyce Baer, library genealogist and costumed historical interpreter, "Remember the Ladies: Presidents' Wives from Ohio and Mrs. Lincoln, Too"
    • J.A. Chewning, UC senior design historian, "Lincoln in Cincinnati"

    The symposium runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $30, members, $35, nonmembers, and includes a catered lunch. To register or for more information, call Karen or Jim Schwartz at 513-829-3483.


    Cincinnati Museum Center's GOLD Exhibit to Feature General Lytle's Medal

    From February 6 through May 16, 2010, the Cincinnati Museum Center will host GOLD, an exhibit that "explores the splendor of the world's most valued mineral." According to CMC's Mosaic magazine, the exhibit will allow visitors to "Follow gold from the molten depths of the Earth to glittering examples of jewelry and artifacts, from gold rushes that shaped the world to the modern pop culture baubles that mesmerize us today. You can experience firsthand the attraction of the finest gold specimens on Earth and learn how gold has been located, mined, processed and turned into objects both beautiful and useful."

    CMC's presentation will also include gold artifacts unique to Cincinnati and this region. Of special interest to us Civil War students will be the magnificent gold medal presented to General William Haines Lytle by the officers of the 10th Ohio Volunteer Infantry regiment. An elaborate gold cross, decorated with an emerald on a star of diamonds, was attributed to Tiffany & Company, New York. It was presented to General Lytle on 9 August 1863, just six weeks before his death at Chickamauga.

    Lytle referred to the medal in a letter to his sister on 16 August: "I almost forgot to say that my cross was presented in due form a few days since by the officers of the 10th a delegation of whom came away down here [to Bridgeport AL] for the purpose. My old friend Major Halpin 15th Ky intended to write an account of the affair & publish it in the Commercial. I trust you may see it and may like the style of what I had to say. All present seemed to enjoy themselves hugely. A movement is again near at hand." (from For Honor Glory & Union, edited by Ruth C. Carter, from Lytle's letters at the Cincinnati Historical Society Library, pages 194-196.)

    In Echoes of Battle: The Struggle for Chattanooga, Rick Baumgartner and Larry Strayer included a photograph of Lytle in uniform wearing the medal (page 65.) The photograph was taken at Bridgeport AL.

    Whitelaw Reid's biographical sketch of Lytle (Ohio in the War, Volume I, page 881) summarized the event: "A few weeks before the battle of Chickamauga Lytle's old regiment, then on duty as head-quarters guard for General Rosecrans, presented him with an elegant testimonial of their regard, in the shape of a Maltese cross of gold, studded with diamonds and emeralds. The spot selected for the presentation was a most picturesque valley among the Alabama hills, and surrounded by his present and his old command, and by ladies, and officers of rank. The hero, with a graceful elegance so peculiarly his own, acknowledged the tribute."

    From personal experience, this webmaster can assert that this medal is a stunning item, and a unique symbol of the respect and affection that the officers and men of the 10th OVI held for their former commander. If you have not seen it, make every effort to visit the exhibit at CMC between February 6 and May 16.


    Hiram's Honor: Reliving Private Terman's Civil War, by Max R. Terman

    Author Max Terman will visit Andersonville National Historic Site GA on Saturday, February 20, 2010, and will sign copies of Hiram's Honor between 11 AM and 3 PM. See information in this column below, and our book review here.

    Ohio Historical Society Names Civil War Sesquicentennial Advisory Group

    The fifteen Ohioans appointed to the Civil War 150 Advisory Committee are familiar names to many CCWRT members, including two who have spoken at CCWRT, Paul LaRue and Eric Wittenberg. See the full announcement here.


    Hiram's Honor: Reliving Private Terman's Civil War, by Max R. Terman

    Hiram's HonorPrivate Hiram Terman of Richland County OH served in the 82nd OVI from December 1861 until January 1865. With the 82nd, he fought in the 1862 Shenandoah campaign,Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, and Chancellorsville. Captured at Gettysburg, he was a POW for more than 17 months at Belle Isle and Andersonville. The author, a native of Mansfield OH and professor emeritus of biology at Tabor College KS, has put enormous research effort into making this work of historical fiction as accurate and comprehensive as possible. OCWGJ readers will recognize many of his sources, such as Andersonville historian and OCWGJ Contributing Editor, Kevin Frye. The book is now available on Amazon and other booksellers, or from the author at See book review here.

    Max Terman's scheduled book signings in Ohio in August:

  • Mansfield OH: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Lexington-Springmill Road, 6 PM to 8 PM.
  • Kenton OH: Saturday, August 29, 2009, Hardin County Historical Museum, 11 AM to 1 PM.
  • CCWRT Member Lois Lambert Wins 2nd OGS Book Award

    33rd OVIAt the annual conference of the Ohio Genealogical Society on April 4th, CCWRT member Lois Lambert became a two-time winner of OGS' "Oliver Hazard Perry Award for Ohio-related Military Historical Records," winning the 2009 award for her new book, Heroes of the Western Theater: 33rd Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry. It was published in 2008 by Little Miami Publishing Company, Milford. Dan Reigle's review of the book is available here. The book is being stocked in the major Cincinnati-area bookstores, and is also available at

    Lois Lambert




    Last year, Lois won the award for 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry With the Civil War Letters of Lt. Col. Benjamin Franklin Coates. Congratulations to Lois!

    Ed Bearss Named Honorary Cincinnati CWRT Member

    CCWRT President Bob Limoseth Presents Honorary Membership to Ed BearssCCWRT President Bob Limoseth Presents Honorary Membership to Ed Bearss
    CCWRT President Bob Limoseth Presents Honorary Membership to Ed Bearss

    At the November 20, 2008 meeting Ed Bearss was made an Honorary Member of the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table. This is only the second time the Round Table has bestowed this level of recognition upon a distinguished member of today's Civil War community. James I. (Bud) Robertson was named our first honorary member on February 21, 1974.
    If we were to develop a list of individuals who have contributed the most to the education, preservation and understanding of the significance of the American Civil War, Ed Bearss' name would indeed be one of the most prominent on the list. His lifetime of contributions to the Civil War community, and to American history in general, has touched Americans from all walks of life and from all parts of the country. It was the magnitude of this body of work that caused your officers to recommend the award and it was approved by the membership at our September 18, 2008 meeting.
    The recipient of this honor gets to make a $1,000.00 contribution from our Preservation Fund to the non-profit Civil War organization of their choice. Ed chose the Civil War Preservation Trust and their current campaign to save a portion of the Glendale Battlefield.
    The letter that accompanied the contribution made in Ed Bearss' name includes several of the comments made during the presentation ceremony, and can be read here: Letter to CWPT.

    Bob Limoseth, Ed Bearss, and David MoweryEd Bearss
    CCWRT President Bob Limoseth and Program Chair David Mowery Present Ed Bearss with a Reproduction of the CCWRT $1000 Donation that will be made in Ed's Honor to the Civil War Preservation Trust's Glendale preservation project.

    Updates on Preservation and Archaeology at Johnson's Island

    Dr. David Bush has provided us with two updates on the summer's work at Johnson's Island. For the most recent newsletter of the Friends & Descendants of Johnson's Island Civil War Prison, go to FDJI Newsletter. For a very interesting website at the Archaeological Institute of America, go here AIA Interactive Site. The FDJI website is FDJI website.


    CCWRT Member Lois Lambert's New Book on the 33rd OVI is now available:

    Heroes of the Western Theater: Thirty-third Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry


    33rd OVVI

    The 33rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry was recruited originally from the Ohio counties of Ross, Pike, Adams, and Scioto, but by the end of the war, the regiment contained men from nearly every county in Ohio. These men fought in the battles of Perryville, Stones River, Hoovers Gap, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Atlanta, Savannah, Averasboro, Bentonville, and Raleigh. Their stories are told through their letters to wives, sisters, and other family members in an engaging style that will personalize the experiences of the war. For a review of the book, go to Review.

    Lois J. Lambert's previous book, Ninety-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, won the 2007 Oliver Hazard Perry Award for an Ohio-related military history record from the Ohio Genealogical Society.

    Both books are available from Lois' website, or email to Lois' email. The book is published by Little Miami Publishing Company, Milford OH, 2008.

    Lois J. Lambert

    Fall Ohio Genealogical Society Seminar to Focus on Military Research; CCWRT Member Lois Lambert One of Featured Speakers

    The annual Fall seminar hosted by the Ohio Genealogical Society will focus this year on "Researching Military Records in Ohio." It will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009, in Shelby OH at the James W. Kehoe Center for Advanced Learning, North Central State College--Shelby Campus, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Featured speakers will be: Eric Johnson, an expert on the War of 1812 in Ohio; CCWRT member Lois Lambert, author of award-winning Civil War regimental histories of the 33rd and 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry regiments; and Marjorie Waterfield, who will compare Spanish-American War records to Civil War, World War I, and World War II records. A registration form with links for further information is available here.

    Dr. John Cimprich Lecture on "The Interaction Between Runaway Slaves and Northern Reformers During the Civil War. Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 7:00 PM, Thomas More College, Steigerwald Hall (in Holbrook Student Center.) Part of NKU's Military History Lecture Series.

    The Confederacy originated in fear for the future of slavery and white supremacy, even though most Northerners at the beginning of the war didn not see the institution as the issue of the war. Within one month after the war began, slaves started running away to Federal armies. They offered to help the Union cause in return for freedom. The surprised Federals made no promises but often allowed the fugitives to stay. Northern reformers inside and outside the army provided supervision and charitable aid for these blacks, now called "contrabands," meaning that they were potentially confiscatable property of the enemy, as the United States government wrestled with making decisions about their future. The relationship, which sometimes developed constructively and sometimes contentiously, played an important role in shaping the major social change of slavery's end that resulted from the Civil War.

    Dr. John Cimprich, who has spoken to CCWRT on Fort Pillow, is professor of history at Thomas More College. He has the A.B. degree from Thomas More, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State. His publications include Slavery's End in Tennessee, 1861-1865, and Fort Pillow: A Civil War Massacre and Public Memory.

    Directions and a campus map are available on the TMC website here.

    Paul LaRue's Research History Class featured at National Trust for Historic Preservation

    CCWRT members who were present at the February 2006 meeting to hear about the work of the Research History Class at Washington High School in Washington Court House were impressed with the research projects and accomplishments of that year's class. That year's major project resulted in legislation by the Ohio General Assembly that designated September 22nd as Emancipation Day in Ohio.

    Last Saturday, October 26, Paul LaRue presented the work of the Research History Class during the annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The session, sponsored by the American Council on Historic Preservation, "announces the beginning of its federal government-wide effort to actively involve the historic preservation community in creating service learning and/or community service opportunities for students and school systems across the United States. See more information here.

    A summary of the Research History Class project, along with projects in Oklahoma, Maryland, and California, is available at the ACHP website here.

    The presentation made at the conference, with many great photographs of the class at work, is available here.


    Lincoln Bicentennial Speakers at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Fall 2008

  • Eric Foner: Thursday, October 16, 6:30 PM. Author of Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction. Location: Harriet Tubman Theater, NURFC.
  • Lerone Bennett, Jr.: Thursday, November 6, 7:00 PM. Author of Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream, and former editor of Ebony magazine. Location: Harriet Tubman Theater, NURFC.
  • Roger Billings: Wednesday, December 3, 6:30 PM. Author of Lincoln, Debtor-Creditor Lawyer and CCWRT member. Location: Grand Hall, NURFC.

  • Military History Lecture Series at NKU, Fall 2008

  • Dr. Jim Ramage: Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 PM. "Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and the Civil War in Kentucky." Location: Eva Farris Auditorium, NKU.
  • Kayla Williams: Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 PM. "Love my Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army." Location: Greaves Concert Hall, NKU.
  • Dr. Gary Zola: Wednesday, November 12, 3:00 PM. "American Jewry, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War." Location: Otto Budig Theater, NKU.
  • Northern Kentucky Law Review Symposium: "Lincoln, the Lawyer" - Oct 04, 2008

    Saturday, October 4th, 8:30am - 12:30pm, Marriott River Center in Covington, Kentucky. Admission is free and open to the public. You must register for the symposium in advance by sending your name, address and phone number to The email address is active now and accepting registrations.

    The Northern Kentucky Law Review of the Chase College of Law and the Kentucky Historical Society are co-sponsoring a free public symposium titled "Lincoln, the Lawyer," on Saturday, October 4, at the Marriott RiverCenter in Covington, Ky. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will look at the life and career of Abraham Lincoln.

    • It will begin at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and registration, followed by an introduction from the Northern Kentucky Law Review Editorial Board.
    • At 9:05 a.m., Chase Law Professor Roger Billings, Jr., will draw from client correspondence and speeches to discuss certain ethics principals that Lincoln adhered to in his law practice. Billings will also show where these principles are found in the Code of Professional Responsibility.
    • At 9:35 a.m., Christopher Schnell will discuss the impact of Kentuckians on Lincoln in order to provide a richer understanding of Lincoln the lawyer. Schnell is assistant editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a project of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Lincoln was one of thousands of Kentuckians who migrated from their native state north across the Ohio River to eventually settle in Illinois during the early decades of the 19th century. Throughout his life, Lincoln's fellow migrants from Kentucky would have a profound impact on his social and professional development. John Stuart, who would become his first law partner, first encouraged him to study law. Joshua Speed became his closest friend, confidant and early client. Ninian Edwards gave him entry to Springfield's elite social circles. His wife Mary brought her fine Kentucky manners and family connections to the upstart lawyer. And many of Lincoln's clients, whose cases are counted among his most historically interesting legal work, originally hailed from Kentucky.
    • At 10:05 a.m., Schnell and Billings will take part in a question and answer session.
    • Dr. Mark Steiner, professor of law at South Texas College of Law and author of An Honest Calling: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, will then examine how Lincoln's professional life as a lawyer reinforced his commitment to the rule of law and influenced his presidency.
    • At 11:20 a.m., Frank Williams, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and one of the nation's most renowned experts on Lincoln, will discuss Lincoln's role as a leader. Although nearly 200 years have passed since Lincoln's birth, he still remains a leader who spoke the enduring words at Gettysburg that students once memorized, a commander-in-chief who reunited the nation by winning the Civil War and a chief executive who is continually ranked highest among all American presidents. Lincoln has become a mythic figure and is best remembered for his preservation of the Union, his abolishment of slavery through the Emancipation Proclamation and his support of the Thirteenth Amendment. But seldom do we think about the leadership characteristics that made Lincoln a successful lawyer, politician and president.
    • The symposium will conclude with a second question and answer session with Dr. Steiner and Chief Justice Williams, followed by closing remarks from members of the Northern Kentucky Law Review Editorial Board.

    Attendees from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana may receive three CLE credits by attending. Anyone interested in registering is asked to send their name, address and telephone number to

    Contact: Rhonda Schechter Email: More information at Chase College of Law.


    New CCWRT Meeting Location in Sept 2008: The Conference Center at Drake

    For the last three months Vice President Pat Homan has been working on meeting site arrangements for the upcoming campaign season. After several meetings with the Quality Hotel & Suites, and with their designated caterer, it was decided that a change in location would be needed in order to meet the officers' objective of providing quality meetings at a central location for a reasonable price. After visiting several new locations that built upon the site search conducted in the summer of 2007, The Conference Center at Drake was selected as our new meeting site.

    Located just off Highway I-75 (Exit 10), The Drake Center, a part of the Drake Hospital complex, has professional meeting rooms of various sizes to accommodate our needs. They will also handle the catering needs of our group and menus have been finalized for the upcoming season.

    As a result of this move, the following changes will be implemented beginning with the September 18th meeting:

    1. The dinner price will now be $27.00. It's important to note that had we stayed at the Quality Hotel & Suites, the dinner price would also have been $27.00.

    2. The date for making reservations has been moved up by four days to the Wednesday evening, by 8:00 pm, which is eight days before the meeting. This is important! The final count must be called in on Thursday morning for the ordering of the food.

    The September Canister Newsletter, which will be arriving soon and will be posted on this web site, will contain complete details on this change, as well as other decisions made by the officers at their summer meeting. Directions on how to get to the Drake Center will be provided in the Canister, or at the links mentioned below and on the "About Us" page on this website.

    Our thanks to member Allen Berenson for bringing The Drake Center location to our attention.

    Drake Center Meeting Room

    Information Items Relating to the 2008-2009 CCWRT Year:

    Effective with our September 18th meeting, our new meeting location is the Conference Center at Drake, 151 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati. The meeting room will be Conference Room G on the lower level of the West Pavilion. Parking is in the West Pavilion parking lot.

    Directions: From I-75: Take the Galbraith Road exit (Exit 10) and go west one mile; use the third parking entrance, marked "West Pavilion." From Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway: Take the Galbraith Road exit and go west two miles; or take the Galbraith/Winton exit and go east one mile; use the parking entrance marked "West Pavilion."

    For a map showing the location of Drake Center, go to Drake Center Map. For a layout of the Drake Center site, go to Drake Center Facility Layout. These maps and other information are also available on the Drake Center website, Drake Conference Center website.

    Free parking is available in the WEST PAVILION parking lot. The West Pavilion entrance will take you to the meeting rooms; enter the West Pavilion lobby, take the elevators on your right down to level A, turn to your right, and Motivation Meeting Room G is located at the end of the hallway.

    Dinner will be available at $27 per person. It will be catered on-site by the Drake Center staff, and will be served buffet style with china and silverware.

    Reservations date has changed to one week before the meeting. You must make your reservation by email CCWRT Reservations or by calling Pat Homan (513-861-2057) no later than 8:00 PM on the Wednesday that is eight days before the meeting.

    Dues will remain at $25 per year, at least for the 2008 - 2009 campaign year (unchanged since 1986).

    The Book Raffle will go up in price to one ticket for $2.00 and three tickets for $4.00.

    The extra $25.00 received from members who pay the Sustaining Member rate will go to the General Fund not the Preservation Fund.

    More details and explanation will be available in the September Canister.

    Mark Neely at Thomas More College, August 22, 2008

    Dr. Mark Neely, professor of history at Pennsylvania State University and author of numerous books on Lincoln & on the Civil War, will give a free public presentation, "Lincoln and the Political Problem of Faction in the Civil War," on Friday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Science Lecture Hall at Thomas More College. The Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission provided partial funding for the program. For further information, call Dr. John Cimprich at (859) 344-3394.


    Gary Ecelbarger at Museum Center, 7:00 PM, September 16, 2008

    Gary Ecelbarger, who spoke to our Round Table last November on "The Unheralded Alliance: John 'Black Jack' Logan and Ulysses S. Grant," is returning to Cincinnati in September for a presentation at Museum Center. Scheduled as part of the Seminar on the City series, he will be talking about his new book The Great Comeback: How Abraham Lincoln Beat the Odds to Win the 1860 Republican Nomination. Some of you might remember Gary's reference to his new book during the Question and Answer period that followed his presentation. During that session he commented that it was Lincoln's speech in Cincinnati in September of 1859 that played a large role in starting him on his way to national prominence. The book, which has a release date of September 4, 2008, has garnered tremendous advance praise according to the Museum Center internal memo announcing his visit. Harold Holzer (our May 2009 speaker) raves: "This is a rousing - yet authoritatively researched - account of one of the most dramatic, unlikely, and history-altering conventions ever, a welcome addition to the literature in this presidential election year."

    Gary's presentation will be on Tuesday, September 16, in the Museum Center's Reakirt auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. Gary's new book will be available for sale and he will do a book signing after the lecture.

    More Book Reviews Posted: (go to Book Reviews)

    Restored Lincoln Soldier's Home Cottage Now Open. (Go here for details.)

    Special Hamilton CWRT Meeting with Jim Bissland, April 9th. Different Location and Reservations Required.

    Meeting Location will change, and reservations will be required for the April 9th meeting with Jim Bissland. The meeting will begin at 6 PM, and will be held at the Symmes Tavern on the Green, 500 Wessel Drive, Fairfield OH 45014. Dinner will be a buffet, have choice of beef or chicken entree, and will cost $25. Dinner reservations will be required by Sunday, 6 April, to Glenn Purdy at 513-737-7377 or email to Restaurant location is near the intersection of Nilles Road and Pleasant Avenue (US 127) in Fairfield.

    Jim is the author of Blood, Tears, & Glory: How Ohioans Won the Civil War. The book discusses "how Ohio men and women led the nation to victory. No State did more than Ohio to assure victory for the Union. While Easterners were battling to a bloody stalemate, Midwestern farmers, shopkeepers, and country lawyers fighting elsewhere were shaping the war's outcome. Dismissed by haughty Easterners as "armed rabble or drunkards, these citizen-soldiers, white and black, often were poorly trained and poorly equipped--but they were tough, confident, and supported by strong women who found their own ways to get into the fight." For more information on the book, see Orange Frazier Press.

    Civil War History Day at Main Library, Feb 24th. (Go here for details.)

    Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture with Dr. Chris Phillips at NKU, Feb 12th. (Go here for details.)

    Civil War Medal of Honor Tour at Spring Grove Cemetery with Jack Simon, Veterans' Day 2007.

    CCWRT Member and Spring Grove Cemetery researcher Jack Simon led a driving tour of the Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients at Spring Grove Cemetery on a soggy Veterans Day, 11 November 2007.  The one-hour tour included a short history of the Medal of Honor, visiting the five Civil War recipients' gravesites, and a visit to the 5th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Association monument. See photos here.

    Proposed Fortification Study Group

    Jack Simon has proposed to set up an informal discussion group within our Round Table on the topic of Civil War fortifications. The group would meet three or four times a year on a day and time different from the Round Table's regular meetings. No dues, no officers, just informal presentations and discussion of any facet of Civil War fortifications. Possible locations could include a library or a restaurant. Membership in the Round Table would be required. If you are interested, please contact Jack by phone or email as listed in the CWRT Officers section on the last page of the newsletter or in the "About Us" page of this website.

    Paul LaRue & Washington Senior Research History Class Honored by The History Channel

    Many of you were present in February 2006 when Washington Court House teacher Paul LaRue and members of his 2005-2006 Senior Research History Class presented their project work for the year to CCWRT. One of those projects culminated in the passage of state legislation setting September 22nd for commemoration of Emancipation Day in the State of Ohio. Paul and this year's class have been honored by History Channel for their work to preserve the history of the Gist Settlement in Highland County, including the installation of markers for several USCT veterans buried at the Gist Settlement. See History Channel's statement here. Below, Paul and two class members unload the new VA grave marker they have obtained for Benjamin Lay, a 27th USCT veteran. As the History Channel statement indicates, the class' Gist Settlement project was featured as the cover story in the Ohio Civil War Genealogy Journal (Volume Vol. XI, 2007, No. 2). To obtain this issue, contact the Ohio Genealogical Society at, or contact Dan Reigle of CCWRT. The class' project is described more completely on their website WCH Senior Research History.

    Unloading Benjamin Lay's New Marker


    Last Living Hamilton County Union Veteran to be Honored on October 14th

    One of the National Programs of the Sons of Union Veterans is to identify and suitably mark the grave site of the last Union Veteran to die and be buried in every county in the USA. The General William H. Lytle Camp #10 located in the Cincinnati area has has identified and held ceremonies in both Clermont and Clinton Counties.

    On October 14, 2007 at 1:30 P.M. in the Spring Grove Cemetery the General Lytle Camp will honor Frederick Pfiester by placing a bronze plaque on his grave site.

    • Frederick was born 9 April 1846 in a house on Main Street in Cincinnati.
    • On 2 September 1862 at age 16, he enlisted in the 11th OVI as a drummer boy and served for 30 days.
    • He enlisted a second time on 2 May 1864, at age 18, in the 137th OVI and served for 90 days, and was mustered out at Camp Dennison on 19 August 1864.
    • Pfiester was a life long Cincinnati resident.
    • He retired in 1936 as Superintendent of the Butcher's Hide Association. He was reported to be the oldest man holding executive office in the United States at that time.
    • He was a member of the Cincinnati Board of Alderman from 1880 to 1884 and a member of the Ohio Legislature 1888-1889.
    • As a life long member of the Grand Army of the Republic, he was Commander of the George H. Thomas Post #13 for 50 years and Ohio Department Commander in 1937.
    • Frederick was a member of the St. Peter Evangelical Church and the Mason McMillian Blue Lodge # 141.
    Frederick Pfiester died 31 March 1947, just days short of his 101st birthday, at his home at 3020 Harrison Avenue in Westwood. He was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery in Section 113.

    Dedication of Morgan's Raid OHS Marker in Springdale, Sept 11, 3 PM

    An Ohio Historical Marker will be dedicated in Springdale on Tuesday, September 11th, at 3 PM. The marker will observe the location in Springdale where Morgan's group turned south to head into Glendale. The location will be the southeast corner of Route 4 and Kemper Road. Dave Mowery researched and wrote the initial application for this marker, and will be one of the speakers at the event, along with Springdale Mayor Doyle Webster and an OHS representative. As we approach the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it is important that public officials know that there is significant interest in the Civil War, so please attend this event if it is possible for you to do so. In addition, Dave has worked hard on this, and deserves our support.

    Copperheadism in Butler County, Ohio: Ohio Historical Marker Dedicated at 1858 Morgan Township House on June 16, 2007.

    See David Mowery's article and photographs on this house and the dedication here .

    CCWRT Member Lois Lambert Wins Book Award

    At the annual conference of the Ohio Genealogical Society on April 14th, CCWRT member Lois Lambert won OGS' "Oliver Hazard Perry Award for Ohio-related Military Historical Records" for her book, 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry With the Civil War Letters of Lt. Col. Benjamin Franklin Coates. It was published in 2005 by Little Miami Publishing Company, Milford. The book is being stocked in the major Cincinnati-area bookstores, and is also available from the publisher at Dan Reigle's review of the book is available here. Congratulations to Lois!

    91st OVI book cover


    New Meeting Location: Sharonville Conference Center (for April & May, 2007)

    The meeting site location for the April 19th and May 17th meetings has changed!

    The Quality Hotel and Suites in Norwood, OH, the site of our regular monthly meetings the last eight years, has unexpectedly lost their restaurant and catering service prior to the hotel's planned on August 2007 termination date. Attempts to negotiate a new arrangement with another caterer and restaurant manager will not be completed in time for our last two meetings of this campaign year.

    Given the late date, and our desire to hold these meetings, the officers of the Round Table have decided on the following:

    The April 19th and May 17th meetings will be held at the Sharonville Conference Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, OH 45246 (Ph. 513.771.7744). For those of you not familiar with that location, it is Exit 15 as you travel Highway 75 North/South. The conference center is directly across the street from the Sheraton Cincinnati North, and just north of Princeton High School. More detailed directions to the Sharonville Convention Center are provided at the bottom of this message.

    We realize this site change might be a little longer drive for some of our members and visitors, but we had to concede on something in order to ensure these meetings took place as planned. We encourage all members who have made reservations for the April meeting, and those who plan to attend the May meeting, as well as any visitors who might want to attend as a result of viewing this site, to show up and give us your support on this unexpected, and last minute, change in plans. And, if you had made plans to arrive after dinner to hear Terry Winschel speak, we hope you will still attend and not let the location change alter your plans for the evening.

    The Sharonville Convention Center, of all the options considered, has been one of the most professional, flexible and accommodating of our needs. The April and May dates are available, with a little flexibility on our part regarding room location from meeting to meeting. They will provide the catering support and the cost of the meals will be the $25.00 price we communicated to our membership in an earlier message. The menu for the April meeting will be: Spinach Salad, Grilled Pork Chop, Glazed Baby Carrots, Twice Baked Potato & Fluffy White Cake Topped with White Chocolate Mousse and Strawberries. The meeting times remain the same.Social Hour: 6:00 to 6:45; Dinner: 6:45 to 7:45; Business Mtg: 7:45 to 8:00; Terry Winschel's presentation on Companion to the Fishes: The Saga of the Gunboat Cincinnati: 8:00 pm. Parking is free.

    A decision on where we will meet for the September meeting, and the remainder of the upcoming campaign year, will be made over the summer months. One of our primary objectives in making this decision will be to minimize any loss of members, because of distance traveled, if a meeting site change becomes necessary. The Quality Hotel and Suites will again be considered, if they satisfactorily resolve their current catering problem, and the promised price increase they signaled to us meets with our approval. We will provide time, during the May business meeting, for an open discussion on meeting site preferences. We realize we may not be able to meet everyone's needs, but we do need to determine if the Sharonville location, or any other more northerly site, should be considered as a possible replacement for the Quality Hotel & Suites, if relocating on a permanent basis is required. We will also provide an update on what we learned about other possible meeting sites, and their costs, as a result of this unplanned emergency search for a meeting site location.

    Driving directions to the Sharonville Convention Center are:

    From the North (Dayton): Take I-75 South to the Sharon Road Exit (#15). Turn right on Sharon Road. Go one block to Chester Road and turn right. The Convention Center is located ˝ mile on the left.

    From the West: Take I-275 around the north side of the outer-belt (North/East) to I-75 South. Take I-75 South to the Sharon Road Exit (#15). Turn right on Sharon Road. Go one block to Chester Road and turn right. The Convention Center is located ˝ mile on the left.

    From the East: Take I-275 around the north side of the outer-belt (North/West) to I-75 South. Take I-75 South to the Sharon Road Exit (#15). Turn right on Sharon Road. Go one block to Chester Road and turn right. The Convention Center is located ˝ mile on the left.

    From the South: Take I-75 North to the Sharon Road Exit (#15). Turn left on Sharon Road. Go one block to Chester Road and turn right. The Convention Center is located ˝ mile on the left.


    Expanded and Reprinted Geaslen Book Now Available at Ramage Museum

    Geaslen Book Cover




    Our Moment of Glory in the Civil War, Chester F. Geaslen's 1972 history of the events of the Fall of 1862 in the Cincinnati area, has been long out of print. It has now been expanded with new contributions by Dr. James A. Ramage, Jeannine Kreinbrink, and Bob Clements. The book is now available at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum in Fort Wright and at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park. See more information here: Geaslen Book Signing.

    Our congratulations and appreciation to the editors, to the City of Fort Wright and the Behringer-Crawford Museum, and to the Geaslen Family for making this important publication available.




    Update: CCWRT 2006-2007 Preservation Project: Richmond & Perryville

    BG W. H. Lytle

    We are now in the second phase of our Perryville and Richmond Battlefield Dedicated Preservation Fund Raising Project.  We are pleased to announce that 14 members contributed to the project during the first phase in which we teamed with the Civil War Preservation Trust.  We were able to take advantage of the large matching dollar incentive offered by the Preservation Trust to help save a total of 454 acres of unprotected land at both the Richmond and Perryville Battlefields!  Member contributions combined with the $1.00 for $2.00 match from our Preservation Fund (with a $250.00 cap) allowed the Round Table to make a contribution to the Civil War Preservation Trust of $850.00.  When you multiply this total by the large $1.00 for $12.30 match by the Preservation Trust, our $850.00 contribution equaled $10,455.00 or almost two acres saved!  You can see a copy of a letter that the Civil War Preservation Trust sent us as an acknowledgment of our contribution at the link below.

    Read CWPT's thank-you letter to CCWRT: (Here)

    Although we have already accomplished so much, further preservation is still in need! The second part of our dedicated fund raising program for the Perryville Battlefield runs from January to May.  All monies received between now and our last meeting of this campaign year will go directly to the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association.  The Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association (PBPA) is a non-profit organization devoted to the interpretation and preservation of the battle lands and the historic town of Perryville. Founded in 1991, the organization has been successful in its numerous achievements in the field of preservation. In 1993, the Congressionally-appointed Civil War Advisory Commission named Perryville as a Priority-One Class-A Battlefield. This designation ranks Perryville as one of the top eleven battlefields in need of preservation and ranks the site as one of the top eleven battlefields in terms of overall historic importance out of 384 conflicts included in the study.

    Contributions can be made at the check-in-desk during our monthly meetings, or by mailing your gift to our Treasurer, Jim Stewart at Cincinnati CWRT, P.O. Box 621082, Cincinnati, Ohio 45262.  Checks should be made out to the "Cincinnati CWRT" and the memo line should indicate "Perryville Battlefield".  A receipt will be provided as all contributions are tax deductible under our status as a 501(C)3 organization.  Donations can be accepted anytime from now until the May 2007 meeting.

    Take CWPT's Virtual Tour of Perryville

    Nov 9th Book Event at NKU: New Book on Sue Mundy

    Sue Mundy Book Cover

    Northern Kentucky University's Friends of Steely Library will present the first public reading of former Kentucky Poet Laureate Richard Taylor's newest work, SUE MUNDY: A NOVEL OF THE CIVIL WAR, on Thursday, November 9, 2006, at 7 p.m. in the loggia of Steely Library, on the Highland Heights campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

    Books will be available for purchase at a reception following the reading, with a portion of the proceeds donated by the NKU Bookstore to the Friends of Steely Library. For more information, contact Julie Matthews at (859) 572-5636 or

    For a description of the book, see: Civil War Terrorists

    For Q&A with Professor Taylor, see: A Conversation with Richard Taylor


    Gravemarker Dedicated for Unknown Civil War Soldier:

    Amanda JanisovThose of you who heard Paul LaRue and his students at the February meeting will recall that one of their projects this year involved researching Civil War veterans buried at St. Colman Parish cemetery in Washington Court House.  While studying the cemetery map of veterans graves made by the WPA during the 1930’s, Amanda Janisov, one of the students in the class, located the grave of an unknown soldier buried at St. Colman.  She applied for a VA gravemarker that has now been installed and was dedicated  by the parish priest, Father Jan Sullivan, Tuesday evening, Aug 15.  The cemetery is located near downtown Washington C.H.  The project is also expected to result in the designation of St. Colman Cemetery as an Ohio Historical Site by the Ohio Historical Society, and in the publication of the cemetery’s history.

    As seen in the photograph accompanying this article, Amanda did not stop with the paperwork end of the project, but handled the physical part of the project as well! CCWRT appreciates Amanda’s effort to ensure that this veteran may be unknown, but he is not forgotten. 

    (Posted 17 August 2006)


    1st Anniversary at James A. Ramage Civil War Museum & Battery Hooper Park:

    August 19-20 (Saturday-Sunday) will be the big 1st year anniversary celebration for the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum!  This event will include a variety of activities and performers. These will include Union and Confederate camps, artillery encampment and cannon firing, archaeology interpretation, and performers including Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and John Hunt Morgan.  Steven Foster will sing songs on Sunday, and a dulcimer group, barbershop quartet and local high school choral group will sing 19th century songs over the two days.  The Civil War Reenactors will conduct a variety of great living history demonstrations.  Food will be available on site.  Games and activities for children are also featured.

    We will also unveil the permanent outdoor signs that all of you at CCWRT generously funded.  The unveiling will take place sometime between 10am and noon on Saturday August 19th. 

    Saturday: 10am-7pmCheck for JARCWM Signs
    Sunday: noon-6pm

    For more information please visit the city of Fort Wright web site ( as the event gets closer, or email Jeannine Kreinbrink, Museum Board President, at  The performers' schedule will be posted in the next week or so on the Fort Wright web site.  Most activities such as the living history, Civil War encampment, archaeology interpretation, games/activities, etc are ongoing on both days.


    (Posted 2 August 2006)

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