Below are links to recommended web sites and videos of selected presentations at our round table meetings as well as other videos of Civil War related activities in the Athens area:
Links to other sites
March to the Sea -- Grimsley
Professor Mark Grimsley, Ohio State University history professor, speaks to the General Charles H. Grosvenor Civil War Round Table in Athens, Ohio. In this talk he examines in the light of modern scholarship many of the false legends that have emerged over the years about the actions of Sherman’s troops on the march. What emerges is a picture of restraint and targeted destruction in Georgia and North Carolina, but a breakdown of discipline and more wanton destruction in South Carolina, the “mother of secession.”
Living History: Milton M. Holland, portrayed by Anthony Gibbs
Milton M. Holland was an African American Civil War soldier who raised what was to become Company C of the 5th United States Colored Infantry in 1863 at the Athens County (Ohio) Fairgrounds. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm (New Market Heights). This is a living history presentation made by Anthony Gibbs, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, before the General Charles H. Grosvenor Civil War Round Table on March 14, 2012. It was co-sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council. The recording was done by ACTV23.
March to the Sea -- Edwin Bearss
Edwin Bearss, author and Historian Emeritus of the United States Park Service, delivered The Helen and Foster Cornwell Memorial Lecture in Athens, Ohio, on 25 April 2004. It was a joint presentation of the Athens County Historical Society and Museum and the Ohio University Bicentennial Committee. General William Tecumseh Sherman was born and raised in nearby Lancaster, Ohio. He was the step son of Thomas Ewing, a member of the first graduating class of Ohio University. Ewing was also Sherman’s father-in-law, as WTS married his step sister, Eleanor Ewing.