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.

 

Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta will present The Fields of Gettysburg at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

The performance will feature a team of local musicians led by John Walsh and Todd Burge and accompanied by Larry Groce and the musical production team from Mountain Stage.  The historically accurate musical presentation includes 12 songs that connect the personal accounts of six people whose lives intersected at the crossroads of Gettysburg on July 1 - 3, 1863 plus a visual backdrop of period photographs that illustrate the battlefield landscape and principal characters.  Scott Britton will supplement the musical performance with narrative accounts of local soldiers who participated in the battle. This event is a "must see" for anyone with an interest in the Civil War,  one of the most crucial battles of the war,  the roles and experiences of local soldiers who participated in the conflict, and outstanding musical entertainment!  Advanced reservations are encouraged. Please find the following link to Peoples Bank Theatre for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 pm at Actors Guild of Parkersburg auditorium located at 724 Market Street in Parkersburg WV. Eric Wittenberg will return to the Civil War Round Table to present Seceding from Secession: The Civil War, Politics, and the Creation of West Virginia (2020). President Abraham Lincoln played a critical role in birthing the new state of West Virginia. Yet, the constitutionality of the process that produced the new state concerned the President, and he polled every member of his cabinet before signing the bill. The controversy led to the 1871 U.S. Supreme Court decision Virginia v. West Virginia, in which former Lincoln cabinet member Salmon Chase presided as chief justice over the court that decided the constitutionality of the momentous event. Mr. Wittenberg will explore the complex convergence of military, political, social, and legal events that brought about the new state. Mr. Wittenberg is a litigator and general counsel with Cook, Sladoje and Wittenberg, Co., LPA, in Columbus, Ohio and has authored 21 books most of which are dedicated to Civil War cavalry operations.

The Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley will continue live-and-in-person events with our next regular meeting and education program scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. 

           

The public is welcome and there is no cost to attend.  Small donations will be accepted to defray a portion of the cost of the event.  Face coverings are recommended.

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Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 pm at Actors Guild of Parkersburg auditorium located at 724 Market Street in Parkersburg WV

Eric Wittenberg will return to the Civil War Round Table to present Seceding from Secession: The Civil War, Politics, and the Creation of West Virginia (2020). President Abraham Lincoln played a critical role in birthing the new state of West Virginia. Yet, the constitutionality of the process that produced the new state concerned the President, and he polled every member of his cabinet before signing the bill. The controversy led to the 1871 U.S. Supreme Court decision Virginia v. West Virginia, in which former Lincoln cabinet member Salmon Chase presided as chief justice over the court that decided the constitutionality of the momentous event. Mr. Wittenberg will explore the complex convergence of military, political, social, and legal events that brought about the new state. Mr. Wittenberg is a litigator and general counsel with Cook, Sladoje and Wittenberg, Co., LPA, in Columbus, Ohio and has authored 21 books most of which are dedicated to Civil War cavalry operations.

Funding provided by the Ohio Arts Council (www.oac.ohio.gov)

Thursday, July 21, 7:00 pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 320 Second Street, in Marietta OH

Kent Masterson Brown, a distinguish attorney, author, and filmmaker from Lexington, Kentucky, will present Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command (2021). General George Meade was assigned command of the Army of the Potomac just three days before the Battle of Gettysburg. He is often overlooked in discussions about great leaders of the war but Brown’s appraisal of Mead’s leadership recognizes the severe supply and logistical challenges he overcame, highlights how his rapid advance to Gettysburg on July 1, his tactical control and coordination of the army during desperate fighting on July 2, and his determination to hold the army’s position on July 3 resulted in critical victory for the Union. Mr. Brown’s previous books include Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander (1993) and Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics and the Pennsylvania Campaign (2005).

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Actors Guild of Parkersburg auditorium located at 724 Market Street in Parkersburg WV

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

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