Join Us for Our Next Program...
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
Fighting for Freedom: The Story of
United States Colored Troops
Presented by Anthony Gibbs
200,000 black soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War.
Their story is a unique chapter in the American conflict. These men
were freedom fighters who fought for emancipation and for full
citizenship rights. Mr. Gibbs discusses events significant to these
men that led up to the Civil War, and what made these men different
from the other thousands who fought and died in the War Between the
Our speaker: Anthony
Gibbs has traveled throughout Ohio as a teaching artist and living
history performer. Anthony portrays John Parker, an Underground
Railroad conductor from Ripley, OH; Milton Holland, a soldier of
Medal of Honor recipient of the 5th U.S.C.T.; and other key figures
in African American History. For almost ten years Mr. Gibbs has
presented historical workshops and performances on the United States
Colored Troops and their participation in the Civil War. A graduate
of The Ohio State University, he is founder and Creative Director of
Black Historic Impressions, an organization dedicated to the
remembrance, appreciation, and exhibition of African American
contributions throughout history.
FULL 2014-15 PROGRAM SCHEDULE>>
Meeting Time: Meetings begin with a
social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30, and the program at
7:30. Meetings typically end by 9.
Our meetings are held at Judson
Manor (the former Wade Park Manor residential hotel), located
at the corner of East 107th Street and Chester in downtown
Cleveland, just off University Circle.
Map to Judson Manor
History of Wade Park Manor
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a dinner reservation for any meeting you plan to attend no later
than the day prior to that meeting (so we can give a headcount to
the caterer). Make your
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small glimpse into the Civil War era
A Doubly Exemplary Singular
Civil War Accomplishment
By David A. Carrino
To paraphrase Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "In the
Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of baseball." There are
many aspects of baseball that make it such a captivating sport, not the least
of which is the time of year when it is played. Baseball rises from its
hibernation in the spring, when the earth is emerging from another of its
recurrent seasons of lifelessness. Baseball flows through the hot days and
warm nights of summer as a leisurely accompaniment to the sunshine and easy
living. Baseball's climax comes as autumn is putting a close on another season
of beaches, amusement parks, and cookouts, and the crowning of baseball's
champion serves as a reminder that the next cycle of hard, drab days is near.
Another aspect of baseball that intrigues its
fans is the sport's many great players, and baseball, more so than other
sports, possesses a larger and more intricate range of measures to assess a
player's sustained performance. With the myriad statistics that are tracked,
there are many metrics that can be used to evaluate a player's career. But
sometimes momentary greatness comes to a player, such as a perfect game or
no-hitter, and this exceptional accomplishment earns the player a place in
baseball history. One unique feat of momentary greatness occurred in the 1934
All-Star Game, when Carl Hubbell, a pitcher for the New York Giants, struck
out in succession not just five Hall of Fame players, but five of the best
hitters in the history of Major League Baseball: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie
Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin. How this relates to the Civil War is that
there was a Union officer who could claim something comparable in that he was
the only Union officer who had the twofold remarkable achievement of defeating
both Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. That person is Nathan Kimball.
Nathan Kimball was born on November 22, 1822
in Fredericksburg, Indiana. He did not receive a military education, but
attended what became DePauw University and became a teacher. He later learned
medicine and established a private practice near the town where he was born.
When war broke out with Mexico, Kimball volunteered, raised an infantry
company, and was elected its captain. At the battle of Buena Vista, he rallied
his company to hold its position even after the rest of the regiment fled.
After the Mexican-American War, Kimball returned to Indiana and continued to
From the Charger
the Cleveland CWRT
A Report On: American Queen: The Rise and
Fall of Kate Chase Sprague, Civil War "Belle of the North"
By John Oller
By Jean Rhodes
Katherine Jane Chase, the daughter of Ohio
politician, Salmon P. Chase was the envy of the Washington social set during
the war years and beyond.
By the time Kate was born on August 13, 1840,
her father had already lost one wife and child. He was to lose two more
children and Kate’s mother before the end of 1845. Chase’s third also died but
not before giving Kate a sister, Nettie. He would never marry again.
Being widowed and heavily involved in Ohio
politics, Chase would groom Kate to become his hostess and social secretary,
sending her to Miss Haines School in New York City to prepare her for society.
While there, she was exposed to the finer things in life to which she became
accustomed. Her father’s expectations for her led him to become, it would
seem, overcritical, filling his letters with advice and correcting her grammar
whenever possible. Salmon Chase strove to be first and wanted the same for his
daughter. The author projects little warmth between father and daughter,
although she idolized him. The author describes their relationship as
symbiotic: as time went on, she would help him politically and he would never
marry, with the expectation that Salmon Chase would become President and Kate
would be his First Lady.
Kate returned to Columbus in 1855 as her
father was running for Governor of Ohio. With his election, she became his
First Lady and secretary. At age 16 she was already turning heads and was
known as the “Belle of Columbus”. Salmon Chase campaigned for, and lost, the
Republican presidential nomination in 1860, after which he became Lincoln’s
Treasury Secretary. While disappointed at the loss, Kate learned valuable
political lessons, among them the need to be proactive and the importance of
Blast from the Past
Articles from the Charger Archives
Confederate Complicity In the
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
By John C. Fazio
I. Rogue Operations
- The Case of Jonathan Pollard
From May, 1984, until his arrest in
November, 1985, Jonathan Pollard, a 31-year old head of the Middle
Eastern desk at the U.S. Navy’s Suitland, Maryland, Intelligence
Complex, spied for Israel. The classified documents that he gave
Israel access to would fill a space 10 ft. by 6 ft. by 6 ft. (360
cu.ft.). It was said that he did it for money and jewelry, but we
may be certain that he did it for political reasons as well. His
treachery is said to have caused one of the worst security disasters
in United States history. In 1987 he was convicted and
sentenced to life imprisonment. All efforts to have him paroled or
pardoned have failed.
Pollard’s Naval Intelligence ID photo
What is significant is that from
the date of his arrest until 1998, Israel insisted that his
activities were a rogue operation. In 1998, then Prime Minister
Netanyahu admitted that it wasn’t so, that in fact Pollard was, at
all relevant times, an Israeli intelligence agent and that Israeli
intelligence had recruited him and handled him, i.e. supervised his
activities, until he was caught.
Does anyone suppose that United
States intelligence services, or any intelligence service in the
world, for that matter, bought the “rogue operation” explanation? Of
course not. Why not? Because all intelligence services know that the
business of intelligence is incredibly complex and sophisticated,
that it is imperative that agents follow orders at all times,
especially when major policies of a government can be and likely
will be affected by their actions, and that “rogue operations” are
all but unknown in the intelligence world.
So let it be with the assassination
of Abraham Lincoln. The notion that it was a rogue operation by a
disgruntled actor and a little band of cut-throats, mental retards
and cowards is ridiculous on its face, and the evidence that it was
not this is very strong to overwhelming.
Booth In the Confederate
By John C. Fazio
John Wilkes Booth was an agent of the
Confederate Secret Service. It is not known, and may never be known,
when or exactly under what circumstances he was recruited and
accepted his role as such, but that he was an agent and was in
regular contact with other agents, who had ties to the Confederate
leadership, or who had ties to other agents who had such ties, has
been firmly established. Asia Booth described her brother as "a spy,
a blockade-runner, a rebel!"
John Wilkes Booth
Because he is not known to have
been an agent before 1864 and is known to have been such in 1864 and
1865, it appears that he was recruited and trained in 1864, quite
likely when he was in New Orleans for three weeks that year from the
middle of March through early April. While there, he boarded at the
home of George Miller, a Confederate sympathizer known to have had
ties to high-ranking figures in the Confederate government. Booth
and Miller are known to have corresponded for some time after Booth
left the city. Another sympathizer he met there, and in whose
company he was often seen, was Hiram Martin, a blockade runner.
Either Miller or Martin could have been the recruiter. The only
certainty is that by the end of that summer, Booth was in regular
contact with Confederate agents and was familiar with their cipher
Booth told Asia that he was
involved in the “underground” and that the work demanded travel. The
unexplained trips, the strange visitors at all hours, the callused
hands “from nights of rowing,” to Asia it suddenly all made sense.
She wrote that:
He often slept in his clothes
on the couch downstairs, having on his long riding boots. Strange
men called at late hours, some whose voices I knew, but who would
not answer to their names; and others who were perfectly strange
to me. They never came farther than the inner sill, and spoke in