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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
Major General John Alexander
McClernand: Politician in Uniform
Dr. Richard Kiper
John A. McClernand was a leading Democratic
congressman from Illinois who in 1861 became a brigadier general in the Union
army. Although a "political general," he proved himself on the battlefield
until he ran afoul of Ulysses S. Grant and was relieved of his command of the
Thirteenth Corps in 1863 during the Vicksburg campaign. Richard Kiper presents
a balanced and sympathetic assessment of this highly controversial individual
who served his country as soldier and statesman and sheds new light on the
Union command system, providing insight into the politics of war as well as
the personalities and relationships among the army's senior officers.
Our speaker: Richard L. Kiper is a retired U.S. Army
lieutenant colonel (West Point, 1967) who earned his Ph.D. in history from the
University of Kansas. He is the author of Major General John Alexander McClernand: Politician in Uniform
(The Kent State University Press, 1999), Spare Not the Brave: The Special Activities Group in Korea, the
coauthor of U.S. Army Special Operations In Afghanistan, and the editor of
Dear Catharine, Dear Taylor: The Civil War Letters of a Union Soldier and his
Wife. Dr. Kiper has taught at West Point, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff
College, and Kansas City Kansas Community College and has served as an analyst
at the U.S. Army Irregular Warfare Center in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
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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CCWRT Annual Field Trip:
September 24 - September 27, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015:
- This will be a traveling day.
Mapquest shows travel from Cleveland to Gettysburg takes
approximately 6 hours. So, a leisurely drive can get us all there
in the late afternoon.
- Group meets for dinner and an
agreed upon evening event.
Friday, September 25, 2015:
- Breakfast at the Hotel
- Proceed to Battlefield at 9AM.
We spend the whole day at the Battlefield with a licensed guide.
The cost of the guide will be split evenly.
- Lunch: we will either go out of
the park or have box lunches.
- Afternoon: Back at the
battlefield with our guide.
- Evening: Dinner at Lincoln
Diner. Cozy. Homey. Family place. It would be fun to have meals in
Saturday, September 26, 2015:
- Breakfast at the Wyndham
- Morning: 9 AM sharp. Back to the
Battlefield with our guide.
- Lunch either by boxes or to
- Afternoon: Return to the
- Evening: Decamp to the Camptown
Inn in Camptown, PA for a nice closing dinner. Awards to be
Sunday, September 27, 2015:
- Morning: Check out of hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
- Travel to the Eisenhower
National Historic Site in Gettysburg.
- Admission is $7.
- Leave for Cleveland.
95 Presidential Circle
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Blast from the Past
Articles from the Charger Archives
The Gettysburg Field Trip
By Paul Burkholder
Note: The CCWRT has traveled to
Gettysburg multiple times, most recently in 2008. The article
below reported on that trip and we're dredging it out of the
archives today in the hopes of convincing you to join us on this
From Thursday, September 25 through
Sunday, the 28th, twenty-five of our members, led by president Jon
Thompson, participated in the Roundtable's annual fieldtrip, this
year to the
hallowed ground of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The club's
return to Gettysburg was driven in part by the ongoing
work being done by the Park Service to restore the battlefield to
its 1863 state, in part by the opening of the new Visitor Center
there and in part by the unveiling of the freshly restored (and
moved) Cyclorama. Without cutting to the chase too quickly,
let me report with some relief that those responsible for these
changes have produced admirable results on all counts. (Save,
perhaps, for the funding of these many projects, but more on that
Honoring the 8th
Upon our arrival in
Gettysburg on Thursday afternoon, we assembled at our hotel and
caravanned over to the 8th Ohio Monument on Steinwehr Avenue for a wreath
laying ceremony there. Jon distributed cards to all present
listing details of individual Ohioans who served - and died - in
the 8th at Gettysburg and then spoke for a few minutes on the unit's
actions helping to repulse Pickett's Charge on July 3rd. The ceremony ended with William Vodrey
reading from Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's address to a reunion of
Gettysburg veterans in October, 1889:
"In great deeds something abides.
On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies
disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the
vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and
generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn
to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for
them, shall come to this deathless field to ponder and dream; and
lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom,
and the power of the vision pass into their souls."
This reading, followed by a brief
moment of silence, provided an appropriately somber and moving
beginning to our visit.
small glimpse into the Civil War era
The First and Second Battles of Selma
By David A. Carrino
On May 13, 1865 the last battle
of the Civil War came to an end, or so most people say. The Civil
War's battles are considered by most people to have taken place
between April 12, 1861 and May 13, 1865, because this time period
encompasses what are generally accepted to be the Civil War's
first battle and its last battle. But not every 'Civil War battle'
took place between April 12, 1861, the date of the battle of Fort
Sumter, and May 12-13, 1865, the date of the battle of Palmito
Ranch, which is considered to be the last battle of the Civil War.
In other history briefs of the 2014-2015 Cleveland Civil War
Roundtable session, I wrote about two 'Civil War battles' that
occurred outside of the generally accepted Civil War time frame.
One of these battles was the firing on the Star of the West in
Charleston harbor on January 9, 1861, which some consider the
Civil War's first battle. The other was the battle of Buena Vista
on February 22-23, 1847 in the Mexican-American War, which, in a
nod toward attention-grabbing unconventionality, I called the
decisive battle of the Civil War.
Another 'Civil War battle' that occurred
outside of the generally accepted Civil War time frame had its 50th
anniversary near the end of the Civil War's sesquicentennial. This battle
happened in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965, when civil rights protesters
attempted to march to Montgomery, but were stopped by Alabama state troopers
and local police, who beat the protesters. In the context of the Civil War,
this battle can be designated the second battle of Selma. The first battle of
Selma took place during the time period that is generally associated with the
Civil War, namely April 2, 1865, or almost 100 years before the second battle
of Selma. One noteworthy aspect of the first battle of Selma is the commanders
of the two armies that fought there. The leader of the Union forces was James
H. Wilson, and the commander of the Confederate forces was none other than
Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest needs no introduction, but Wilson is not so
well known, although he holds a very notable Civil War distinction that he
earned shortly after the first battle of Selma.
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.