Upcoming Meetings and Presentations

Leight Murray, President of the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley, and Jerrie Berentz, Education Committee Chairperson, announce the organization's 2022 event calendar.

Meetings are open to the public and there are no required membership dues or admission fees to attend.  Small donations are accepted to offset a portion of the cost of the meetings.

 

Thursday, September 15, 2022, 7:00 pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Marietta

David Mellott will present The Seventh West Virginia Infantry: An Embattled Union Regiment from the Civil War’s Most Divided State (2019). “The Bloody Seventh” earned its nickname many times over during the course of the Civil War. It stood in the Bloody Lane at Antietam, helped hold Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg, and attacked the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania. Fighting in more battles and suffering more losses than any other West Virginia regiment, the unit is recognized as the most embattled Union regiment in the most divided state in the war. Organized at Portland, Cameron, Grafton, Wheeling , Morgantown and Greenland, Virginia from July – December 1861, recruits came from throughout the restless border region of Western Virginia, southwestern Pennsylvania, and southeastern Ohio. Mr. Mellott is a retired attorney from Cleveland, Ohio and reports that several of his ancestors served with the Bloody Seventh. In fact, regimental records identify that the most common name in the ranks is, in fact, Mellott!

Calendar of Events
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Thursday, September 15, 2022, 7:00 pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Marietta

David Mellott will present The Seventh West Virginia Infantry: An Embattled Union Regiment from the Civil War’s Most Divided State (2019). “The Bloody Seventh” earned its nickname many times over during the course of the Civil War. It stood in the Bloody Lane at Antietam, helped hold Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg, and attacked the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania. Fighting in more battles and suffering more losses than any other West Virginia regiment, the unit is recognized as the most embattled Union regiment in the most divided state in the war. Organized at Portland, Cameron, Grafton, Wheeling , Morgantown and Greenland, Virginia from July – December 1861, recruits came from throughout the restless border region of Western Virginia, southwestern Pennsylvania, and southeastern Ohio. Mr. Mellott is a retired attorney from Cleveland, Ohio and reports that several of his ancestors served with the Bloody Seventh. In fact, regimental records identify that the most common name in the ranks is, in fact, Mellott!

Thursday, November 3 - Sunday, November 6

Retreat From Gettysburg Field Trip

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 17, 7:00 pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 320 Second Street, in Marietta OH

Wes Clarke, registered professional archaeologist and Collections Manager at The Castle Historic House Museum in Marietta, will present The Trouble With Monuments. The discussions, arguments and physical confrontations that now occur regularly regarding historical monuments are not just a debate in the U.S. over Confederate tributes but a world-wide phenomenon involving many conversations. The issues are about much more than the erection and maintenance of historic commemorations in public places; they are about the content and uses of historical narrative and who and what is included and left out of these stories. The presentation will briefly examine examples of monuments, the variety of objections and suggested solutions. Please note that Mr. Clarke forewarns, “We will not resolve these issues!”

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Past Programs and Presenters

2022

  • Armistead and Hancock: Behind the Gettysburg Legend of Two Friends at the Turning Point of the Civil War, Tom McMillan

  • George Armstrong Custer at Gettysburg, Dave Finney

  • Seceding from Secession: The Civil War, Politics, and the Creation of West Virginia, Eric Wittenberg

  • The Lincoln Assassination Trial, Kevin Ritter

  • Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command, Kent Masterson Brown

2021

  • But Not For My Children: The Holland Brothers' Unlikely Journey from Slavery, Scott Britton

  • Ohio Women in the Civil War Home Front, Kelly Mezurek, author, lecturer, and Professor of American History at Walsh University

  • The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics, and the Global Origins of the Civil War. Brian Schoen,  Assistant Professor of History at Ohio University

  • Behind Enemy Lines: Harriet Tubman in the Civil War - The Port Royal Experiment Ilene Evans, Davis WV, dancer, historian, teacher, storyteller and creator of General Moses: Stories from the Life of Harriet Tubman, will tell us about one of her favorite subjects. 

  • The Underground Railroad in Southeast Ohio, Peter N. Cultice, an attorney and historian from Zanesville, Ohio

  • "Music and Narrative of the Civil War" , Steve Ball, Columbus OH, musician and storyteller.

2020

  • Amouldering in the Grave: John Brown's Raid and the Abolitionists' Cause on the Eve of the Civil War, Brian Schoen, Assistant Professor of History, Ohio University

2019

  • Gettysburg Hero: The Life of Marietta's Rufus R. Dawes, Scott A. Britton

  • Ohio at The Battle of Shiloh, Dan Hinton

  • Women's Clothing in the Civil War, Jessica Cyders

  • Lee Versus Everyone Else and Then Grant, Jeffrey W. Danner, M.A.

  • Black Men in Blue: The Civil War, Ohio, and U.S. Colored Troops, Kelly Selby, Ph.D.

  • Touched By Conflict: Southeast Ohio in the Civil War, Larry Strayer, J.D.

2018

  • Women of Gettysburg:  Their Experiences from Written Legacies, Jane Ellen Young, M.S.

  • Morgan's Great Raid: Taking the War to the North, David Mowery

  • The Last Fourteen Days of Father Abraham, Robert Burgler, M.A.

  • The Bermuda Hundred Campaign, George L. Fickett

  • Ohio and West Virginia Troops at Petersburg, Edward Alexander

  • Soldier Fraternization Throughout the American Civil War, Lauren K. Thompson, Ph.D.

2017

  • The Anaconda Plan and the Civil War on the Water, Gary Johnson, P.E.

  • Opdycke's Tigers at Chickamauga, Larry Strayer, J.D.

  • John C. Breckenridge, U.S. Vice-President, Confederate General and Secretary of War, Larry Emerson

  • Decapitating the Union: The Confederate Plot to Assassinate Lincoln, John C. Fazio, J.D.

  • The Controversial History of the Confederate Flag, Jeffrey W. Danner, M.A.

  • Washington County Generals in the Civil War, Scott A. Britton

2016

  • Emancipation Proclamation, Peter N. Cultice, J.D.

  • Give Them Rocks: Stonewall Jackson's Stand at Second Manassas, Dan Welch, M.A.

  • A Personal Conversation with Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Doug Riley

  • Civil War Leader from Parkersburg's Julia-Ann Square Historic District, Katherine L. Brown, Ph. D.

  • Soldier of Courage, Solider of Compassion: The Story of Capt. Bennet K. Munger, Brian S. Kesterson, M.A.

  • Pathway to Freedom: Foundation for the Abolitionist Movement, Bill Reynolds

 

2015

  • Intrepid Mariners: U.S.S.Kearsarge v. C.S.S. Alabama, John C. Fazio, J.D.

  • Courage, Honor, Love in the Civil War: Rufus R. Dawes and Mary Gates Dawes, Steven R. Magnusen, P.E.

  • Ku Klux Klan: From Nathan Bedford Forest to Ohio's Klan in the 1920's, William Trollinger, Ph.D.

  • Mother Bickerdyke, Carolyn Caskey