2020-2021 Program Schedule

We are pleased to present the 2020-2021 Cleveland Civil War Roundtable program schedule. This year’s schedule provides an interesting mix of published authors and scholars who will discuss a variety of topics relating to the Civil War.



Covid-19 Pandemic Plan

All Meetings will be conducted by ZOOM Internet application until further notice. Register for a meeting invite by sending email to  clecwrt@gmail.com.


Holiday Inn

6001 Rockside Road

Independence, Ohio [Check Web site for when In-Person Meetings are resumed]

Rescheduled Field Trip- Now April 30- May 1, 2021 – PETERSBURG VIRGINIA

Join us for our annual Field Trip where we will study the Petersburg Campaign. See our website or Facebook page for more details.

October 14, 2020

“’Pray for Oblivion to His Memory’: Frederick Douglass on the Legacy of Robert E. Lee”

Speaker: Codie Eash , Visitor Services Coordinator at Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg.

OCTOBER 14, 2020

‘Pray for Oblivion to His Memory’: Frederick Douglass on the Legacy of Robert E. Lee

When Robert E. Lee died in October 1870, the former Confederate commander rose to the status of an American deity, and in the 150 years since his death he has remained one of history’s most celebrated soldiers. Despite such laudations, however, many of Lee’s contemporaries felt his renowned status was undeserved—most notably, the formerly enslaved social activist, newsman, and army recruiter Frederick Douglass. At the end of the Civil War, and especially after Lee’s demise, Douglass penned a series of articles that reflected negatively on the fallen Rebel general’s legacy and attempted to reconsider his proper place in studies of the past. Douglass’s criticisms of Lee’s morality and prowess provide valuable insight to an alternative view of an icon, and serve as a reminder that modern debates over collective memory of the conflict and its principal players are embedded in unfinished conversations among the wartime generation itself.

November 11, 2020

“An Evening With U.S. Grant”

Speaker: Dr. Curt Fields, Historian and leading living interpreter of US Grant. The official General Grant for the Sesquicentennial celebrations of: Ft. Donaldson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Appomattox.

December 9, 2020

“The 8th Ohio at Gettysburg”

Speaker: Kelly Boyer Sagert, Freelance Writer Member, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Emmy-Award-nominated author/screen writer.

January 13, 2021 – Dick Crews Annual Debate

Hollywood Goes to War [the Civil One]

“What movie or TV production has had the greatest impact on how we view the events surrounding the Civil War?” Moderator: William Vodrey

February 10, 2021

 “The 19th Indiana Color Guard at Gettysburg”

Speaker: Phil Spaugy, member 19th Indiana Vol. Inf. Reg. of the North-South Skirmish Association and former holder of several offices including National Commander of the North South Skirmish Association.

March 10, 2021

“At the Threshold of Liberty – enslaved and free African American women in Wartime Washington, D.C.: Mobilizing, Emancipation, Citizenship, and Identity.”

April 14, 2021

“The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument”

Speakers: Ted Prasse, President, Tim Daley, Executive Director, Ellen Connally, vice-chair, The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Cleveland, Ohio

May 12, 2021

“Shut Up As In A Trap: Citizens Under Siege at Vicksburg”

Speaker: Terry Winschel, retired Historian at Vicksburg National Military Park; Author of Vicksburg is the Key, Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, Vols. I and II, Civil War Diary of a Common Soldier, and Vicksburg: Fall of the Confederate Gibraltar.


Second Wednesday of every month by Zoom at 7 pm.



6:00 PM – Drinks & Social Hour / 6:30 PM – Dinner

7:30 PM – 9 PM – Meeting & Presentation

Dinner & Lecture are $35 per person. Make Reservations 5 days before the meeting.

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