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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 2023 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, March 16, 7:00 pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 320 Second Street, in Marietta OH

Lincoln's Navy:  The Ships, Men and Organization, 1861 - 1865 presented by Donald L. Canney, author and former Registrar of the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office.

The U.S. Navy found itself completely unprepared for war following the secession of southern states in 1861.  The tenacity and innovation of the fledgling Confederate Navy demanded that Lincoln's Navy advance from the strategies and tactics followed in the preceding decades.  New ideas such as John Ericcson's ironclad Monitor and John Dahlgren's innovations in naval ordinance posed urgent challenges. Mr. Canney will account for how the men, ships, and leadership of the U.S. Navy were re-organized to achieve success with the blockade of Southern ports, open-sea ship duels, inland river raids, and reducing Confederate coastal fortifications essential to Union victory. Mr. Canney is a U.S. Air Force veteran, former high school history instructor, and has served on the editorial board of Blue & Grey Magazine.  He is retired following a distinguished career as Registrar of the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office.  Mr. Canney is a prolific author and has published more than a dozen books on American naval history including The Ironclads, 1842-1885 (1993), Sailing Warships of the U.S. Navy (2003), Africa Squadron: The U.S. Navy and the Slave Trade, 1842 - 1861 (2006); and Confederate Navy, 1861-1865 (2015).

Calendar of Events

Donald L. Canney, author and former Registrar of the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office, will present: Lincoln's Navy: The Ships, Men and Organization, 1861-1865 

The U.S. Navy found itself completely unprepared for war following the secession of southern states in 1861.  The tenacity and innovation of the fledgling Confederate Navy demanded that Lincoln's Navy advance from the strategies and tactics followed in the preceding decades.  New ideas such as John Ericcson's ironclad Monitor and John Dahlgren's innovations in naval ordinance posed urgent challenges.

Mr. Canney will account for how the men, ships, and leadership of the U.S. Navy were re-organized to achieve success with the blockade of Southern ports, open-sea ship duels, inland river raids, and reducing Confederate coastal fortifications essential to Union victory.

Mr. Canney is a U.S. Air Force veteran, former high school history instructor, and has served on the editorial board of Blue & Grey Magazine.  He is retired following a distinguished career as Registrar of the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office.  Mr. Canney is a prolific author and has published more than a dozen books on American naval history including The Ironclads, 1842-1885 (1993), Sailing Warships of the U.S. Navy (2003), Africa Squadron: The U.S. Navy and the Slave Trade, 1842 - 1861 (2006); and Confederate Navy, 1861-1865 (2015).

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Past Programs and Presenters

2023

  • Texas Terror: Revolution and Secession in the Lone Star State: Brian Scheon

2022

  • The Trouble With Monuments: Wes Clarke

  • 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

  • The Seventh West Virginia Infantry: An Embattled Union Regiment from the Civil War’s Most Divided State, David Mellott

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

Past programs
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