2022-23 Tentative Schedule

MEETINGS ARE GENERALLY HELD ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH AT THE ATHENS COUNTY LIBRARY BRANCH AT THE CORNER OF LINCOLN AND HOME STREETS IN THE CITY OF ATHENS.   MEETINGS START AT 7:00 P.M. AND RUN FOR AN HOUR AND HALF. EXCEPTIONS TO THE FIRST MONDAY MEETING DATE ARE IN NOVEMBER BECAUSE OF PREPARATION AT THE LIBRARY FOR ELECTION DAY ON THE FIRST TUESDAY AND OUR FIRST MEETING OF THE FALL WHICH IS CO-SPONSORED BY THE LIBRARY AND MEETS ON THE DATE OF THEIR MONTHLY COMMUNITY MEETING.

Due to weather considerations we have decided to make the January and February meetings a “floating meeting.”  This means if the weather permits a meeting in January, we will not have a meeting in February, but if the January meeting is called off because of weather, we will try and have that same topic covered at a meeting in February.  

2022-23 Schedule (Tentative)

Thursday, 9/8/22, “The Wilderness and Spotsylvania,” John Fazio

Monday, 10/3/22, “The Battle of Buffington Island, Part 2,” Martin Lowery

Monday, 11/14/22, “Texas Terror: Revolution and Secession in the Lone Star State,” Brian Schoen

Monday, 1/9/23, “Capt. Levi Schofield, Ohio’s Civil War Architect,” Tom O’Grady

Monday, 2/6/23, Place holder, in case January cancelled due to snow

Monday, 3/6/23, “President Grant vs. The Historians,” Frank Scaturro

Monday, 4/3/23, “Journalism in the Civil War,” Carl J. Denbow

Monday, 5/1/23, either, Book Review panel, or 

Flamboyant Generals.  A true roundtable discussion of some of the most eccentric and flamboyant generals of the late rebellion.  Possible candidates include George Custer, Stonewall Jackson, Judson Kilpatrick, David Hunter, Thomas Francis Meagher, Nathan Forrest, Don Carlos Buell, Thomas Maley Harris, and John C. Frémont.

Possible substitutes (as needed):

Flamboyant GeneralsA true roundtable discussion of some of the most eccentric and flamboyant generals of the late rebellion.  Possible candidates include George Custer, Stonewall Jackson, Judson Kilpatrick, David Hunter, Thomas Francis Meagher, Nathan Forrest, Don Carlos Buell, Thomas Maley Harris, and John C. Frémont.

Battles of Monocacy and Ft. Stevens.  This will be a two-part presentation.  First Carl J. Denbow will discuss the Battle of Monocacy, which was a Confederate victory but delayed the rebel advance on Washington enough to allow reinforcements to be put in place so that Confederates were repulsed at Ft. Stevens. Monocacy was an ironic battle in that while it was a defeat, it probably represented the best leadership of the war for General Lew Wallace.  The second part of the meeting will be a discussion of Ft. Stevens lead by David Frey.  Some have called this campaign by Jubal Early to threaten or take Washington as the last chance for victory by the Confederacy.  

Ohio cavalry. Through the good offices of Marvin Fletcher we will attempt to secure the services of Eric Wittenberg to make a presentation on Ohio cavalry units.