Schedule for 2013-14

The Charles H. Grosvenor Civil War Round Table meets during the academic year on the second Wednesday of each month (excluding December) at the Athens County Library on Home Street.  The Coordinating Committee meet in June and came up with the following schedule for meetings during the upcoming year:

Wednesday, Sept. 11 — Gettysburg III. David Frey will moderate a discussion on what happened after the battle, including the retreat, the pursuit (or lack thereof), the conditions in the village, the political aftermath (including the presidential address), and New York City draft riots.

Wednesday, Oct. 9 — The Mythology of Sherman’s March. Ohio State University Professor Mark Grimsley will discuss the many myths that have developed over the years about Sherman’s famous March to the Sea.  During this talk you will discover the difference between what the historical evidence shows and Southern lore and legend .  From a Southeastern Ohio perspective this is very important history, since so many of our boys were with Sherman on the March.  [This meeting will be held on the Ohio University campus in Room 145 of Walter Hall. Free parking is available for the general public in the nearby Peden Stadium parking lot.]

Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Secession Winter. Ohio University Professor Brian Schoen, and newly appointed CWRT coordinating committee member, will discuss the period between the election of Lincoln and his inauguration. This is the time when Southern states passed their ordinances of secession and the groundwork for the war was laid. An understanding of this crucial period is fundamental to a full understanding of the issues that lead to our great national tragedy that today we euphemistically call our “civil war.”

December — No Meeting.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 — Ohio at Shiloh.  Eric Burke, an Ohio University history major and U.S. Army veteran, will talk about Ohio’s presence at the Battle of Shiloh with particular emphasis on the 53rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 — Western Virginia in the Secession Crisis. Caleb Greene, an Ohio University graduate student, will discuss the sectional tensions in western Virginia both before and during the war years that led to the formation of the new state of West Virginia.  His presentation will look in depth at Harrison County.  Its county seat, Clarksburg, was the hometown of Thomas (“Stonewall”) Jackson, famous Confederate general, and his sister Laura — a staunch unionist. Carl J. Denbow will also make a brief presentation about Ohio voting patterns in the wartime era.

Wednesday, March 12 — Book Reviews.  Several members will review Civil War-related books that they have either read recently or are among their personal favorites.

Wednesday, April 19 — Movies and the Civil War.  This presentation by Marvin Fletcher, professor emeritus of history at Ohio University, and Bob Toy, local attorney, will review the Late Rebellion as portrayed by Hollywood.  Clips of several films will be featured, including Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind.

Wednesday, May 14 — This month’s program is entitled “Civil War Favorites” and will be conducted as a round table where participants can talk briefly about what really turns them on in terms of their Civil War interest.  This could be a specific battle or campaign, an historic blunder or mistake that changed the course of the war, a bizarre or even humorous event, a family story related to a civil war ancestor, travel plans for this summer that involve a civil war related site, a past trip to a memorable civil war site, a little known or underrated hero that you would like others to know about, a favorite civil war book or author, etc.  It’s all left to your imagination.  No civil war topic is out of bounds.  You might even come with a question to pose and see if you can “stump the chumps,” so to speak.  The plan is to make this a fast-paced event with no one item taking more than about five minutes.  John Murray will act as the moderator.  If you prefer to come and just listen, that’s OK too.  Participation while highly encouraged is not mandatory.