Upcoming Meetings and Presentations

Scott Britton, President of the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley, and Jerrie Berentz, Education Committee Chairperson, announce the organization's 2021 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.


 We are excited to announce that we can resume live and in person meetings beginning May 20, 2021. With the recent public health regulations in effect in Wood County and West Virginia we will be able to conduct our first in person meeting since January 2020. With our new partnership with the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, we will be holding our meetings at the Guild's theatre located at 724 Market Street in Parkersburg. This will provide us with enough space to keep with the recommended public health practices for public gathers following CDC guidelines. We will have a limited capaciy, face coverings will be required, all surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized including seats, we encourage attendees to arrive at least 20 minutes before start time to ensure crowd spacing and social distancing, and we ask that if you have been recently ill to please stay home.  Those who do not currently receive our newsletter and electronic mail messages may register to do so here.

Thursday, May 20, 7:00 p.m.

Brian Schoen, Ph.D., Assistant Chair and Director of the Master of Social Science in the Department of History at Ohio University: The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics, and the Global Origins of the Civil War. This presentation will address Southern plantation economics, international demand for cotton prior to the Civil War, and global economic and political forces that drove Federal and Southern interests to an inevitable conflict. 

Thursday, July 15, 7:00 p.m.

A Historical Overview of the Gullah Geechee Culture and Its Impact on the South, the Nation and the World

Sherman Piatt, a native of Charleston SC, author, historian, and Member of the Board of Commissioners of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, Johns Island, SC, will introduce us to South Carolina's Sea Island Gullah Geechee people.

Thursday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.

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.

Thursday - Sunday, November 4 - 7

Seat of the Rebellion South Carolina Field Trip

Cowpens National Battlefield, Charleston Plantation and Historical City Tours, Fort Sumter National Monument, H.L. Hunley, Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, Camden Battlefield and more.

Thursday, November 18, 7:00 p.m.

Civil War Music

Steve and Lisa Ball, Columbus OH, collectors, educators, historians, musicians, and vocalists, will entertain and educate about Civil War Music.

Past Programs and Presenters


  • John Brown, Brian Schoen, Assistant Professor of History, Ohio University - Program details

  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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



  • 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