Upcoming CCWRT Program
Wednesday, September 11, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

Cleveland Civil War Roundtable Website’s Summer Series: Third Installment (June 16, 2024)

The Cleveland Civil War Roundtable typically has its season of meetings from September through May. Meetings are normally not held during the summer months of June, July, and August. In order to fill the summer months of 2024, some articles that were published during the 2023-2024 season in the Roundtable’s newsletter, The Charger, will be posted on the website during the summer months of 2024. Articles, all of which were written by members of the Roundtable, will be posted every week or so during the summer. The third installment of the Roundtable website’s summer series is When 1 Is Greater Than 620,000 by Dave Carrino. Dave’s article discusses two poignant works published during the Civil War which describe how the death of one soldier, though small in number compared to the total losses, is still devastating. Dave’s article can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Previous installments in the 2024 summer series are as follows.
No Caps, No Guns: The Struggle for Confederate Copper
A Civil War Odyssey in Brecksville, Ohio: The Search for William Stacy

The Roundtable at the Burton Civil War Encampment

The Cleveland Civil War Roundtable had a booth at the Burton Civil War Encampment on Memorial Day weekend. The Encampment is an annual event at the Burton Century Village Museum. The Roundtable’s booth was set up to spread awareness about the Roundtable to some people who are staunch Civil War enthusiasts, namely the attendees at the Encampment. Roundtable members who staffed the booth provided information about the Roundtable to interested attendees at the Encampment. This is an excellent way to attract new members to the Roundtable, and appearances at events like this helped to recruit new members last year. Our thanks to all of the Roundtable members who staffed the booth.

A Thank-You Letter to the Burton Century Village Museum

Steve Pettyjohn, Membership Director
To: GHQ – Cleveland Civil War Roundtable
From: Burton Special Detachment

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Cleveland CWRT had the opportunity to set up an information table at the Burton Century Village’s annual Civil War Encampment. We had the chance to engage dozens of people in conversation and share our new tri-folds, rack cards, and contact cards with them. I want to thank all of the Roundtable members who came out to help: Patty Zinn, Kurt Fonner, William Vodrey, Rich Hronek, Bob Pence, and Jake Collens. We hope to have a big turnout of volunteers at the Hale Farm Reenactment on August 10-11.

I would be remiss not to thank the folks at Burton Century Village for their help and hospitality. Geauga Historical Society President Linda Taurisano and Manager Mary Ann Pierce were wonderful to work with and helped our preparations immeasurably. They gave us a very nice spot to set up our information table and supplied us with a table and other supplies.

If you have not been to Burton Century Village Museum or haven’t been there in a while, you need to give it a visit. The Village consists of 21 buildings representing a typical 19th century Ohio town. It is tree-lined, so it is comfortable walking even on a warm sunny day. You may want to call ahead for a guided tour. It looks like a great place to spend an afternoon with the family or, in my case, my granddaughter.

Here is where to obtain further information:

Phone: 440-834-1492

Burton Century Village Museum
14653 E. Park St.
Burton, OH 44021

226 years of Geauga County History, ALL in One Place!

Submitted by:
Your Humble and Ob’t Servant
S. Pettyjohn
Membership and Burton Detachment

Latest History Brief (May 2024) Now Posted

Roundtable historian Dan Ursu’s May 2024 history brief has been posted. Dan’s latest history brief is Henry J. Hunt, Union Chief of Artillery. As the title indicates, the topic of the history brief is Henry Hunt, the Army of the Potomac’s Chief of Artillery, who played a key role in the Union victory at Gettysburg and elsewhere. Dan’s history brief can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Three Roundtable Members to Serve as Panelists at a Local Event

Three members of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable will serve as panelists in a discussion of their history books. The three are Dennis Keating, Ellen Connally, and Mel Maurer. The panel will also include Paul Landis, a former Secret Service agent who was a member of the detail protecting President John F. Kennedy on the day of Kennedy’s assassination and whose book about this tragic event includes his insights into the assassination.

The panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Westlake Porter Public Library (27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, OH 44145). There is no charge for the event, but the library requests that anyone wanting to attend the event register via the library’s website. Registration for this event begins on Saturday, May 25, 2024.

Program Schedule for 2024-2025 Posted

The program schedule for 2024-2025 has been posted. The schedule can be accessed by clicking on the schedule tab above or by clicking on this link.

2024 Field Trip – Itinerary and Information for Making a Reservation

The Roundtable’s 2024 field trip is scheduled for September 19-22, 2024 to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A block of rooms has been reserved, and the itinerary includes the cupola of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Lee’s headquarters trail, a group dinner at the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center with access to the Museum and Cyclorama, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Seminary Ridge Museum, and a number of the historic sites on the battlefield (Little Round Top, the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, Culp’s Hill, and others). For those who are interested, there will be an opportunity to walk the ground of Pickett’s Charge as well as a Sunday visit to Spangler Farm. Check back for updates. A downloadable PDF, which contains the itinerary and information about making a reservation, can be found by clicking on this link.

Membership Roster and Contact Information

We have worked very hard to improve our membership database and contact information this year, but we know we probably have more work to do. Please be sure to keep us advised of changes in contact information by sending us the information at clecwrt@gmail.com. We monitor that email account on a regular basis, so this would be a big help in making sure we can keep you informed of group activities. If you want to see what has been posted on our Facebook page or Twitter account, you do not have to become a member of the Roundtable. Everyone is welcome to view our Facebook page and Twitter account. These can also be accessed by googling “Cleveland Civil War Roundtable” and either “Facebook” or “Twitter” and clicking on the appropriate link in the search results.

Cleveland Civil War Roundtable Monthly Meetings

Meeting Time: Monthly meetings of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable are typically held on the second Wednesday of the month from September through May. Meetings ordinarily begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m. Meetings usually end by around 9:00 p.m. Since the September 2021 meeting, all of our meetings have been held in person, and barring any future pandemic-related restrictions, we anticipate that all meetings will be held in person.

Meeting Location: In-person meetings are held at the Holiday Inn Independence, 6001 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio 44131.

Reservations: For in-person meetings, you must make a dinner reservation for any meeting you plan to attend. Reservations must be made no later than eight days prior to the meeting (so we can give a head count to the caterer). For information on making a dinner reservation, click on this link.

2024-2025 Cleveland Civil War Roundtable Program