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Speakers Bureau

Roundtable members available for group talks

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Robert Boyda
Former Roundtable President
  • Nathan Bedford Forest
  • John B. Gordon
  • Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign

Dick Crews
Former Roundtable President
Member, Lincoln Forum
  • Dan Sickles
  • William T. Sherman
  • John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Assassination

John C. Fazio
Former Roundtable President
Member, Lincoln Forum
  • Abraham Lincoln / Jefferson Davis Debate: A one act play about an unplanned for meeting of Lincoln (Mel Maurer) and Davis (John Fazio) during the Hampton Roads Conference in February, 1865. The two are discovered by a reporter, Franklin Boyd (William Vodrey), who, in asking them questions, precipitates a debate as to the causes and conduct of the Civil War.
  • Braxton Bragg: A Dour Martinet
  • Causes of the American Civil War
  • Eye of the Storm (A review of Robert Sneden's Memoir re Andersonville)
  • Francis and Arabella; John and Fanny: Love and War (The intersections of the lives of Union General Francis C. Barlow and his wife, Arabella, with Confederate General John B. Gordon and his wife, Fanny)
  • Intrepid Mariners (The saga of the U.S.S. Kearsarge and the C.S.S. Alabama and their commanders)
  • Lovejoy of Illinois (A biography of Elijah Parish Lovejoy)
  • Spangler Was Innocent! (The miscarriage of justice against Edman Spangler, an alleged conspirator against Lincoln)
  • The Barlow-Gordon Controversy: Rest in Peace (The controversy surrounding the meeting of Generals Barlow and Gordon on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg)
  • The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
  • The Great Kidnapping Myth (The ruse that concealed the attempted decapitation of the United States Government in the closing days of the Civil War)
  • The Montana Vigilantes (Frontier justice to secure newly discovered gold for the Union)
  • The Proclamation That Saved a Nation (The Emancipation Proclamation)
  • The Sword Was Mightier Than the Pen (Wartime correspondence between Confederate General John Bell Hood and Union General William Tecumseh Sherman)
  • The Turning Point: The Wilderness and Spotsylvania
  • Thus Always With Miscreants (A biography of John Wilkes Booth)

John C. Harkness
Former Roundtable President
Member, Company of Military Historians
Member, Ohio Gun Collectors Association
Supervisor, Alloy R and D, Brush Wellman Inc.
  • Materials and Processes in the Manufacture of Civil War Small Arms

Mel Maurer
Former Roundtable President
Roundtable Historian
Member, Lincoln Forum
Member, Civil War Preservation Trust
  • The Battle of Franklin
  • Lincoln at Gettysburg
  • Abraham Lincoln, There's Nothing Trivial About Him
  • Jesse James – The Last Rebel of the Civil War?
  • Abraham Lincoln / Jefferson Davis Debate: A one act play imaging a meeting of Lincoln (Mel Maurer) and Davis (John Fazio) during the Hampton Roads Conference in February, 1865. The two are discovered by a reporter Franklin Boyd (William Vodrey) who in asking them questions engenders a debate on the major issues of the Civil War.

William McGrath
Former Roundtable President
  • C.S.S. Alabama and U.S.S. Kearsarge
  • U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia

Dale Thomas
Retired U.S. History Teacher
Member, New Salem Lincoln League
Former Roundtable Historian and Webmaster
Archivist, Olmsted Historical Society
  • Lincoln, An Old Friend of the Family
  • Silent Witnesses, Civil War Veterans Buried in Local Cemeteries
  • Corp. Nathan W. Hawkins of Rockport, Ohio: A Civil War Soldier with Two Gravestones

Jon Thompson
Retired English and Civil War History Teacher
Roundtable Vice President
  • The Civil War Letters of Private Alfred Weedon, 26th Ohio Volunteer Infantry - A Hands-On Lesson in History

William Vodrey
Former Roundtable President
Member, Civil War Preservation Trust
Member, Blue and Gray Education Society
  • Blood in the Streets, The New York City Draft Riots
  • Political Graverobbery: The Confederacy and George Washington
  • The Gettysburg Address: Lincoln Redefines America
  • What If...?: An Overview of Civil War Alternatives
  • Lee, Jackson and Longstreet: Traitors All?
  • The Last Duel: the U.S.S. Kearsarge vs. the C.S.S. Alabama
  • Brown Water, Black Ships: U.S. Navy Operations on the Mississippi
  • Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: Scholar, Citizen, Soldier
  • Lincoln's Commando: William Cushing and the Sinking of the C.S.S. Albemarle
  • Clash of Ironclads: The U.S.S. Monitor vs. the C.S.S. Virginia
  • The war that Never Was: Britain, the U.S. and the Trent Affair
  • Dennison, Tod and Brough: Ohio's Civil War Governors
  • Raid!: The Confederacy Comes to St. Albans, Vermont
  • Abraham Lincoln / Jefferson Davis Debate: A one act play imaging a meeting of Lincoln (Mel Maurer) and Davis (John Fazio) during the Hampton Roads Conference in February, 1865. The two are discovered by a reporter Franklin Boyd (William Vodrey) who in asking them questions engenders a debate on the major issues of the Civil War.

Marjorie Wilson
Retired Teacher
Member, Roundtable Executive Committee
Volunteer Guide @ Lakeview Cemetery
  • Clevelanders In the Civil War
  • General James Barnett, A Man of Many 'Firsts.'  General Barnett organized the 1st Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery and led six batteries from Cleveland on April 22, 1961. His personal comments about their 90 days in Western Virginia tell us a lot about Ohio's difficulties at the beginning of the War. He later served as Chief of Artillery under General Rosecrans. In civilian life, Barnett was active in local military affairs and played a major role in Cleveland's business and civic life. He was a vital force in overcoming some stubborn obstacles to the building of the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.
  • General Mortimer D. Leggett (1821 – 1896).  Leggett was one of Ohio’s 23 Major Generals. His name is unknown to most Civil War buffs but his 4˝ year Civil War service includes:
    • Being appointed Provost Marshall by U.S. Grant at Ft. Donelson.
    • Leading his brigade and the Union Army into Vicksburg on July 4, 1863.
    • Being tasked by McPherson and Blair at the Battle of Atlanta to take and hold Bald Hill, now identified as "Leggett’s Hill” in his honor.
    • Being brevetted Maj. General after the battle of Atlanta.
    • Being invited by William T. Sherman to the April 1865 peace talks on the River Queen.

    Ms. Wilson uses primary sources for her presentation including Marilla Leggett’s diaries, Leggett’s letters to his wife which include his opinions of Lincoln, Grant, the open city of Memphis and communications between Leggett and Gen. Ord at Iuka.

The Cleveland Civil War Roundtable