Our mission is to educate, commemorate, and encourage public interest in the American Civil War.
We welcome anyone with an interest in American history or the Civil War period to:
Join us at our regular bi-monthly meetings which feature authors and other recognized experts who present on all subjects related to the Civil War;
Register for one of our annual field trips to destinations relevant to all periods of American History but with primary emphasis on the Civil War;
Volunteer to assist with Campus Martius Museum's Annual Civil War Day that introduces 8th graders from throughout Washington County, Ohio, and, Wood County, West Virginia, to living-history demonstrations related to the Civil War;
Support our Historical Marker Projects that honor the sacrifices made by patriots with close associations with Southeastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia to both causes in the conflict.
Broad member involvement is welcomed and encouraged at all events as well as through participation as an officer, board and committee member, and other volunteer roles. Everyone from novice to expert is welcomed....most importantly, a special welcome is extended to all students!
Six regular meetings are conducted annually. Each meeting is held on the 3rd Thursday of odd-numbered months, including January, March, May, July, September and November. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are conducted at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 230 Second Street in Marietta OH 45750, or The Actors Guild, 724 Market Street Parkersburg, WV. See our Calendar of Events for the presentation title and location of each regular meeting. Meetings are open to the public and there is no cost to attend.
No Annual Dues or Assessments for Membership
We currently have more than 420 registered email subscribers and average attendance at regular meetings ranges between 40 - 100 participants. Our bi-monthly meetings routinely attract attendees from through out the region and include guests from Athens, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Washington Counties in Ohio, and, Jackson, Pleasants, and Wood Counties in West Virginia. There are no annual dues or membership assessments. Small donations are collected by "passing the hat" at regular meetings to offset the cost of these events and provide for rental of the meeting place, and, payment of a modest stipend to our speakers as well as compensate for their travel expenses. Please subscribe to our email reminders about upcoming CWRT-MOV regular meetings and events.
Annual Field Trips
Our principal fund raising event each year is a field trip to destinations relevant to all periods of American history and with primary emphasis on the Civil War period. Forty-nine registered guests accompanied us on the Fall 2019 New Birth of Freedom Field Trip to Valley Forge National Historical Park, Washington Crossing State Park, Independence National Historical Park and Independence Hall, Philadelphia's historic district - a UNESCO World Heritage City, and Gettysburg National Military Park.
The Fall 2021 South Carolina and Seat of the Rebellion Field Trip will depart from Marietta and Parkersburg on Wednesday, November 3, and, return on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Destinations will include historical sites in Camden, Mt. Pleasant, Sullivans Island, Charleston, and Cowpens, South Carolina, as well as a National Cemetery with a Civil War period association in North Carolina. More information on the Fall 2021 Field Trip can be found on the upcoming trips tab of the website. All field trip proceeds are used to support our historical marker projects and Campus Martius Museum's Annual Civil War Day.
Campus Martius Museum's Annual Civil War Field Day
Since 2012, the Friends of the Museums have invited middle schools from through out Washington County, Ohio, and Wood County, West Virginia to bring 8th grade students to the Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums on the second Tuesday of May for Civil War Field Day. Glenna Hoff, Education and Program Director at Campus Martius Museum, explains, "State Education Standards determine that the pre-Civil War, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods are included in 8th grade curriculums. In high school, American History curriculums begin at the conclusion of the Reconstruction era in 1877 and continue to the present". Thus, Civil War Field Day, featuring living history portrayals and hands-on, interactive, learning experiences, is designed to supplement class-room teaching about the causes, events, and outcomes of the Civil War. Civil War Field Day currently attracts more than 600 students who, upon arrival at the museums, divide into small groups and rotate through out the day among 12 - 18 learning stations dedicated to a wide range of living history presentations. Many members of the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley have supported this event as living history presenters, character re-enactors, or volunteers who coordinate and guide school groups from learning station to learning station. Check the Civil War Field Day page for more information and details on how you can play an important role in Campus Martius Museum's Civil War Field Day.
Historical Marker Projects
The Mid-Ohio Valley region is incredibly rich in American history and played a pivotal role in the Civil War due to our location on the border between Ohio and Virginia, and, our position at the intersection of the vital communications and transportation arteries posed by the B&O Railroad and Ohio River. Large numbers of volunteers were recruited and trained in the region and fought in many of the major battle campaigns of the war, including First Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Second Bull Run, Shiloh, Corinth, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Wilderness, Atlanta, Petersburg, Appomattox and many more. It is important to tell the stories of those from the region who served and sacrificed in order to ensure that their names and accomplishments are not lost or forgotten. For more information and details on both completed and planned historical marker projects and to learn how you can contribute to the selection and timely completion of these projects, check out Historical Marker page.
Organization and Business Information
The Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation registered in the State of Ohio and is affiliated with the Marietta Community Foundation. Donations to the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley or Marietta Community Foundation on behalf of the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley are tax deductible. Information on the Marietta Community Foundation may be found on their website.
2021 Board of Directors
Communications, Bill Teegarden and Nancy Arthur
Education, Jerrie Berentz
Events and Field Trips, ALL
Finance, Eric Little
Historical Preservation, OPEN
Hospitality, Nancy Arthur
Nominating, Scott A Britton and David White
Chaplain, Rev. Gene Sheppard
Official Photographer, David White
Trivia Master, Mike Chancey
Special Projects, OPEN
Web Master, Emily Ketelsen