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Roundtable Articles

A library of original articles written by Roundtable members

This page contains a collection of articles authored by Cleveland Civil War Roundtable membersSome are original to the CCWRT web site, some come from The Charger, and some from yet other sources.  While most of the articles are in html format (meaning you can read them with your browser), a few are in pdf format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your PC in order to read these files.

Categories

   Biography

American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague, Civil War "Belle of the North"
By Jean Rhodes

My Thoughts Be Bloody, Prologue: The Players
By Nora Titone

Lovejoy of Illinois
By John C. Fazio

In the Shadow of the Civil War: Passmore Williamson and the Rescue of Jane Johnson
By Nat Brandt with Yanna Kroyt Brandt

Blood, Tears, and Glory
By Dr. James H. Bissland

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: Scholar, Citizen, Soldier
By William F.B. Vodrey

Intrepid Mariners: John Winslow of the USS Kearsarge & Raphael Semmes of the CSS Alabama
By John C. Fazio

Francis and Arabella - A Love Story
By John C. Fazio

John and Fanny - A Love Story
By John C. Fazio

The Barlow-Gordon Controversy: Rest in Peace
By John C. Fazio

The Sword Was Mightier Than the Pen
By John C. Fazio

Family Reminiscences of the Confederacy
By Bishop Beverly Tucker

Jacob Dolson Cox
By Dennis Keating

Ohio's Civil War Generals: Some Lesser Known
By Dennis Keating

Grierson's Raid
By Dennis Keating

George Crook
By Dennis Keating

Three Ohio Civil War Veterans Who Became President
By Dennis Keating

A Brief Sketch of the Life and Death of Lt. Simeon W. Cummings
By Peter Holman

An Uncivil War: General George G. Meade & The Pennsylvania Reserves In Northern Virginia
October 9 to December 6, 1861
By Peter Holman

When Miles Met Davis
By Clint Johnson

Giuseppe Garibaldi, General-in-Chief, U.S. Army?
By E. Chris Evans

The Rock of Chickamauga
By Matt Slattery

The Angry Abolitionist - William Lloyd Garrison
By Dick Crews

John C. Breckinridge - He Should Have Been Hanged
By Dick Crews

The Civil War's #1 Pain In the Butt: The Life of William G. 'Parson' Brownlow
By Dick Crews

Was Jefferson Davis the Reason the Confederacy Lost the War?
By Dick Crews

Sherman’s Little Known Failure: The 36th State
By Dick Crews

Officer Profiles: Short Biographical Sketches of Civil War Officers
By Various

Ulysses Grant: Dual Personality?
By Dan Zeiser

Grant vs. Lee
By Dan Zeiser

The Most Overrated General
By Dan Zeiser

The Most Effective General
By Dan Zeiser

The Peter Principle and George B. McClellan
By Dan Zeiser

An Ancestor at Shiloh
By Dale Thomas

James A. Garfield
By Dale Thomas

Andersonville’s “Clerk of the Dead”
By Dick Crews

The Court-Martial of Henry Wirz
By Dale Thomas

Jesse James – The Last Rebel of the Civil War?
By Mel Maurer

Balthasar Best and the American Dream
By Mel Maurer

Wounded Lion: U.S. Grant's Last Campaign
By Mel Maurer

 
   Lincoln

Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War
By Edward W. Bonekemper, III

Lincoln’s Suspension of Habeas Corpus
By Dennis Keating

My Thoughts Be Bloody, Prologue: The Players
By Nora Titone

The Lincoln Legacy: The Man and His Presidency
William F.B. Vodrey

The Essential Lincoln Bookshelf
By William F.B. Vodrey & Mel Maurer

The 2012 Lincoln Forum
By Mel Maurer

The 2010 Lincoln Forum
By Mel Maurer

The 2009 Lincoln Forum
By Mel Maurer

The 2008 Lincoln Forum
By Mel Maurer

The 2007 Lincoln Forum
By Mel Maurer

Lincoln At Gettysburg
By Mel Maurer

I Escaped with John Wilkes Booth
By Mel Maurer

Abraham Lincoln: There’s Nothing Trivial About Him
By Mel Maurer

Abraham Lincoln and the Case of the Altered Almanac
By Mel Maurer

“The Prince of Rails,” Robert Todd Lincoln
By Mel Maurer

The Fox and the Hedgehog;The Hampton Roads Conference
By Mel Maurer

The Madness of Mary Lincoln
By Jason Emerson

On Inconvenient Truth and Convenient Fiction
By John C. Fazio

On Trees and Forests: Correcting History's View of J. Wilkes Booth
By John C. Fazio

Booth In the Confederate Secret Service
By John C. Fazio

Lincoln's Assassination: Three Riddles
By John C. Fazio

Confederate Complicity In the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
By John C. Fazio

Lincoln and History
By John C. Fazio

The Proclamation That Saved a Nation
By John C. Fazio

Mr. Lincoln at 200
By William F.B. Vodrey

James McPherson Speaks on Lincoln
By William F.B. Vodrey

Lincoln and the Black Hawk War
By Dale Thomas

Lincoln Visits Cleveland
By Dale Thomas

Lincoln and Cleveland
By Dale Thomas

Where is Lincoln Memorial University? What Was One of Lincoln’s Biggest Tactical Errors of the Civil War?
What's the Connection Between The Two?

By Dick Crews

 
   Social / Political

Making a Covenant with Death: Slavery and the Constitutional Convention
by Dr. Paul Finkelman

The Great Debate 2008 - Southern Victory of 1865: Was the Confederacy a Viable State?

Five Hundred Dead and a Hoax that Lives On
By Peter Holman

A Review of 'Justice in Blue and Gray' by Stephen C. Neff
By William F.B. Vodrey

Blood in the Streets: The New York City Draft Riots
By William F.B. Vodrey

George Washington: Hero of the Confederacy?
By William F.B. Vodrey

The War that Never Was: Britain, the U.S. and the Trent Affair
By William F.B. Vodrey

The Constitution Caused the Civil War
By Dan Zeiser

Civil War Photography
By Dennis Keating

Jefferson C. Davis and the Ebenezer Creek Controversy
By Dennis Keating

The Contested Centennial Presidential Election of 1876
By Dennis Keating

Lincoln’s Suspension of Habeas Corpus
By Dennis Keating

Ex Parte Milligan Anniversary
By Dennis Keating

The Irish In the Civil War
By Dennis Keating

The Search for Lost Confederate Gold
By Hans Kuenzi

Family Reminiscences of the Confederacy
By Bishop Beverly Tucker

The Illusion of 'The Lost Cause'
By Matt Slattery

How the South Could Have Won the War
By David Thomas

Conscripts In the Civil War
By Dick Crews

The Angry Abolitionist - William Lloyd Garrison
By Dick Crews

Andrew Johnson: A Tough Man for Tough Times
By Dick Crews

The Case for the Union
By John C. Fazio

Letters from the Front
By John C. Fazio

Did the Institution of Slavery Cause the Civil War?
By John C. Fazio

The Proclamation That Saved a Nation
By John C. Fazio

The Vigilantes of Montana
By John C. Fazio

Response to Carol Buchanan's Criticism of The Vigilantes of Montana
By John C. Fazio & Carol Buchanan

Gold, Greed, and a Vacuum of Law
By Carol Buchanan

The Fox and the Hedgehog;The Hampton Roads Conference
By Mel Maurer

 
   Ohio Connections

American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague, Civil War "Belle of the North"
By Jean Rhodes

A Monument to Service: The Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
By Tim Daley and Richard T. Prasse

Peter Diemer & Curtis Phillips: The Last Civil War Veterans From Cuyahoga County
By Paul Siedel

"Beyond the Battlefield", An Ohio History Connection Symposium
William F.B. Vodrey

Base Ball on Johnson's Island
By William F.B. Vodrey

U.S. Grant Boyhood Home Rededicated
By William F.B. Vodrey

The Great Battle of Gettysburg
By Dr. Max R. Terman

Andersonville's Whirlpool of Death
By Dr. Max R. Terman

Scenes from The Fighting McCooks
By Barbara and Charles Whalen

Blood, Tears, and Glory: How Ohioans Won the Civil War
By Dr. James H. Bissland

Jacob Dolson Cox
By Dennis Keating

Ohio's Civil War Generals: Some Lesser Known
By Dennis Keating

The 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
By Dennis Keating

Three Ohio Civil War Veterans Who Became President
By Dennis Keating

George Crook
By Dennis Keating

Cleveland Fights the Civil War
By Dick Crews

The 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry
By Dick Crews

Cleveland Civil War Roundtable 60th Anniversary
By Mel Maurer

Cleveland Civil War Roundtable History
By Dale Thomas

Johnson's Island
By Dale Thomas

Lincoln Visits Cleveland
By Dale Thomas

Lincoln and Cleveland
By Dale Thomas

Whatever Happened to Camp Cleveland
By Paul Siedel

Camp Cleveland
By Dale Thomas

Silent Witnesses to the Civil War
By Dale Thomas

Well Done
By Mel Maurer

Balthasar Best and the American Dream
By Mel Maurer

The Civil War Letters of Alfred Weedon, Private 26th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (pdf)
By Jon Thompson

A Review of 'Behind Bayonets' The Civil War in Northern Ohio
By Marjorie R Wilson

A Review of Civil War Monuments in Ohio By Harold A. George
By Marjorie R Wilson

 
   Battles & Military History

Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War
By Edward W. Bonekemper, III

Why Grant Won and Lee Lost
By Edward H. Bonekemper, III

Jefferson C. Davis and the Ebenezer Creek Controversy
By Dennis Keating

The Battle of Cedar Creek
By Dennis Keating

Grierson's Raid
By Dennis Keating

The Decisive Battle of the Civil War: Another Nomination
By David A. Carrino

The Battle of Olustee
By Dr. Michael Dory

’The Rebels are Upon Us’ The 1864 Confederate Invasion of Maryland, The Battle of Monocacy, and Jubal Early’s Move on Washington, D.C.
By Marc Leepson

Fort Ward: Bastion Against the South
By Dan Ursu

The Battles of Nashville
By Mel Maurer

"We Shall Make the Fight!" General John Bell Hood CSA And The Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, November 30, 1864
By Mel Maurer

The Sword Was Mightier Than the Pen
By John C. Fazio

Fort Pillow and Ball’s Bluff, A Response
By Greg Biggs

Decisive Battles of the Civil War?  None
By Greg Biggs

An Ancestor at Shiloh
By Dale Thomas

The Deadliest Enemy
By Dale Thomas

Governors Island
By Dale Thomas

Bragg vs. Rosecrans at Stones River, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
By Dale Thomas

Ulysses Grant: Dual Personality?
By Dan Zeiser

Grant vs. Lee
By Dan Zeiser

A Rebuttal to “Shelby Foote Was Wrong!”
By Greg Biggs

Shelby Foote was Wrong!
By Dick Crews

Sherman’s Little Known Failure: The 36th State
By Dick Crews

West Point In the Civil War
By Dick Crews

The 51st Ohio Volunteer Infantry
By Dick Crews

The Zouaves
By Dick Crews

Breaks In the Storm
By Matt Slattery

Tactical Defeat
By Matt Slattery

How the South Could Have Won the War
By David Thomas

Charleston 1861: The 'Other' Star-Spangled Banner
By William F.B. Vodrey

 
   Naval Engagements

The U. S. Navy and the Naval Battles of Charleston, 1863
By Syd Overall

Intrepid Mariners: John Winslow of the USS Kearsarge & Raphael Semmes of the CSS Alabama
By John C. Fazio

A Brief Sketch of the Life and Death of Lt. Simeon W. Cummings
By Peter Holman

The Life and Death of H.L. Hunley
By Greg Pizzuto

Johnson's Island
By Dale Thomas

The War that Never Was: Britain, the U.S. and the Trent Affair
By William F.B. Vodrey

Sailing Aboard the Monitor
By William F.B. Vodrey

Today's Navy and the Civil War
By William F.B. Vodrey

 
   Ways & Means

Mule-Drawn Wagon Trains
By Dick Crews

Civil War Roads
By Sid Sidlo

The Sharpshooter and His Weapon
By Sid Sidlo

Technology in the Civil War: COLD STEEL!
By Sid Sidlo

 
   Commentary

Jefferson Davis Monuments: Being Removed?
By Dennis Keating

The Campaign Against the Confederate Battle Flag
By Dennis Keating

The Confederate Battle Flag, Personal License Plates, and Litigation
By Dennis Keating

The Illusion of 'The Lost Cause'
By Matt Slattery

The April 1861 Madness
By Patrick Bray

Shelby Foote was Wrong!
By Dick Crews

A Rebuttal to “Shelby Foote Was Wrong!”
By Greg Biggs

Cleveland Civil War Roundtable: 1956–2006
By Dale Thomas

Cleveland Civil War Roundtable 60th Anniversary
By Mel Maurer

Well Done
By Mel Maurer

Cleveland's Civil War Roundtable Takes an Excursion into Fiction
By Karen R. Long

When Legend Becomes Fact
By Paul Burkholder

So Long, Farewell...
By Paul Burkholder

Child of the 60s
By Paul Burkholder

Assessing African American Attitudes Toward the Civil War (pdf)
A National Park Service Report prepared
by Hermina Glass-Avery

The Lincoln Legacy: The Man and His Presidency
William F.B. Vodrey

"Beyond the Battlefield", An Ohio History Connection Symposium
William F.B. Vodrey

Gettysburg 2013
By William F.B. Vodrey

Remembering 9/11
By William F.B. Vodrey

Blue and Gray on the Silver Screen
By William F.B. Vodrey

Taking “The Gettysburg Test”
By John Hildebrandt

Family Reminiscences of the Confederacy
By Bishop Beverly Tucker

Mr. Lincoln at 200
By William F.B. Vodrey

James McPherson Speaks on Lincoln
By William F.B. Vodrey

Churchill and the Civil War
By William F.B. Vodrey

Hysteria, Democracy and Terrorism
By William F.B. Vodrey

The Surratt Pardon: History that Never Was
By William F.B. Vodrey

Behind the Lines: My Life as a Yankee in Franklin, TN
By Mel Maurer

 
   Review

On Trees and Forests: Correcting History's View of J. Wilkes Booth
By John C. Fazio

A Review of 'Days of Defiance' by Maury Kleine
By Daniel Bonder

American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague, Civil War "Belle of the North"
By Jean Rhodes

A Review of 'Gods and General's and 'Brass Pounders: The Young Telegraphers of the Civil War'
By Gary Norman

A Review of 'Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Civil War'
By Patrick Bray

A Review of 'Lost Triumph: Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg - and Why It Failed'
By Dave Carrino

The Best Book Ever Written About the Civil War: 'The Killer Angels'
By Jon Thompson

A Review of 'Behind Bayonets: The Civil War in Northern Ohio'
By Marjorie R Wilson

A Review of 'Civil War Monuments in Ohio'
By Marjorie R Wilson

A Review of 'Valley of the Shadow' by Ralph Peters
By Dennis Keating

Jacob Dolson Cox
By Dennis Keating

A Review of 'The Spymistress'
By Dennis Keating

A Review of 'How Robert E Lee Lost The Civil War'
By Stuart Kay

A Review of 'The Battle of Roanoke Island' by Michael P. Zatarga
By William F.B. Vodrey

A Review of 'The West Point History of the Civil War'
By William F.B. Vodrey

The Essential Lincoln Bookshelf
By William F.B. Vodrey & Mel Maurer

George H. Thomas Gets What’s Coming to Him
By William F.B. Vodrey

A Review of 'Justice in Blue and Gray'
By William F.B. Vodrey

A Review of 'The Warrior Generals: Combat Leadership In the Civil War'
By William F.B. Vodrey

A Review of 'Tarnished Eagles: The Courts-Martial of Fifty Union Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels'
By William F.B. Vodrey

A Review of Jay Winik's 'April 1865'
By William F.B. Vodrey

A Review of 'How Few Remain - A Novel of the Second War Between the States'
By William F.B. Vodrey

A Review of 'The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer'
By William F.B. Vodrey

Sailing Aboard the Monitor
By William F.B. Vodrey

 
   Civil War Travel

Fort Ward: Bastion Against the South
By Dan Ursu

A Report from the Field... The 18th Annual Sarasota Civil War Symposium
By John Hildebrandt

A Surprising Find
By Paul Siedel

A Visit to the H.L. Hunley or a Dose of Southern Culture
By Paul Siedel

Report: Friends of the Hunley Oyster Roast, October 23, 2009
By John Harkness

I Escaped with John Wilkes Booth
By Mel Maurer

Gettysburg Field Trip - September 2008
By Paul Burkholder

Johnson's Island
By Dale Thomas

Governors Island
By Dale Thomas

U.S. Grant Boyhood Home Rededicated
By William F.B. Vodrey

Visiting the New Lincoln Library & Museum
By William F.B. Vodrey

A Visit to the National Civil War Museum
By William F.B. Vodrey

The Changes at Gettysburg
By Dick Crews

Where is Lincoln Memorial University? What Was One of Lincoln’s Biggest Tactical Errors of the Civil War?
What's the Connection Between The Two?

By Dick Crews

A Review of Civil War Monuments in Ohio By Harold A. George
By Marjorie R Wilson

 
   Civil War Miscellany

Sheridan's Butterfly
By Jim Heflich

The Search for Lost Confederate Gold
By Hans Kuenzi

The (Secret) Life and Letters of General George Gordon Meade
By Major General George Gordon Meade

Wade Park Manor
By Mel Maurer

Cleveland Civil War Roundtable 60th Anniversary
By Mel Maurer

Cleveland Civil War Roundtable History
By Dale Thomas

Historically Deficient
By David A. Carrino

History Briefs 2016-2017
By David A. Carrino

History Briefs 2015-2016
By David A. Carrino

History Briefs 2014-2015
By David A. Carrino

History Briefs 2013-2014
By David A. Carrino

History Briefs 2012-2013
By David A. Carrino

History Briefs 2011-2012
By David A. Carrino

History Briefs 2010-2011
By Mel Maurer

History Briefs 2009-2010
By Mel Maurer

History Briefs 2008-2009 - Civil War Words In the Election Year of 1864
By Mel Maurer

History Briefs 2007-2008
By Mel Maurer

No Horse of Mine
By William F.B. Vodrey

Today's Navy and the Civil War
By William F.B. Vodrey

New Civil War Database Goes Online
By William F.B. Vodrey

Charleston 1861: The 'Other' Star-Spangled Banner
By William F.B. Vodrey

Gettysburg Field Trip - September 2008
By Paul Burkholder

President's Messages, 2006 - 2007 Season
By John C. Fazio

A Collection of Poems On the Battle of Franklin (pdf)
By Mel Maurer

On the Set of the Movie 'Gods and Generals'
By David R. Thomas

Jon Thompson Poetry Prize Winners
By Various

The Lee Burneson Middle School 2007 Civil War Ball
By Mel Maurer

Protecting Yourself Online (For Free!)
By Paul Burkholder

History Under Siege - The Annual Report of the Civil War Preservation Trust
2010 (pdf)
2009 (pdf)
2008 (pdf)
2007 (pdf)

Preservation News
Various Sources

 
   Civil War Authors

My Thoughts Be Bloody, Prologue: The Players
By Nora Titone

Fort Pillow and Ball’s Bluff, A Response
By Greg Biggs

Decisive Battles of the Civil War?  None
By Greg Biggs

Blood, Tears, and Glory
By Dr. James H. Bissland

Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War
By Edward W. Bonekemper, III

Why Grant Won and Lee Lost
By Edward H. Bonekemper, III

In the Shadow of the Civil War: Passmore Williamson and the Rescue of Jane Johnson
By Nat Brandt with Yanna Kroyt Brandt

The Madness of Mary Lincoln
By Jason Emerson

The Barlow-Gordon Controversy: Rest in Peace
By John C. Fazio

Making a Covenant with Death: Slavery and the Constitutional Convention
By Dr. Paul Finkelman

When Miles Met Davis
By Clint Johnson

’The Rebels are Upon Us’ The 1864 Confederate Invasion of Maryland, The Battle of Monocacy, and Jubal Early’s Move on Washington, D.C.
By Marc Leepson

The Great Battle of Gettysburg
By Dr. Max R. Terman

Andersonville's Whirlpool of Death
By Dr. Max R. Terman

George Washington: Hero of the Confederacy?
By William F.B. Vodrey

Scenes from The Fighting McCooks
By Barbara and Charles Whalen

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