Cleveland Civil War Roundtable Marks 63rd Year by C. Ellen Connally

Stonewall Jackson

Wed 9/11 @ 6PM

The Cleveland Civil War Roundtable will launch its 63rd season of lectures on September 11, 2019.  The organization, which held its first meeting in 1956, has continued with its study of the Civil War, hosting 552 meetings since its inception. While originally an all-male organization, 22 years ago women became full members, and I am proud to say that I am the organization’s third female president.

This year’s program will start with a lecture by Henry P. Elliot, a national park ranger and historian of the Manassas National Battlefield Park (Virginia) who will talk about the role of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson in preparing for the battle of Second Manassas which occurred from August 28- 30, 1962. While Civil War aficionados will revel in the details of the battle strategies of both sides, lesser students like myself will gain general knowledge of the battle and its context within Civil War history.

Attendees enjoy the comradery of people interested in American history and of course the Civil War. They will be challenged by the monthly Civil War trivia question and may even win a prize in our monthly raffle. All of this will happen while enjoying a delicious dinner prepared by the chefs at Judson Manor.

The schedule of speakers for this year covers a wide variety of topics. Did you know that the sinking of the steamboat USS Sultana on April 27, 1865 was the worst naval disaster in the history of the United States Navy? The ship, overloaded with soldiers returning from the war, sunk as a result of a boiler explosion and caused the death of over 1200 men. Many of the casualties were from Summit County. On December 11, 2019, Paul Huff, a member of the Cuyahoga County Civil War Roundtable, will discuss the disaster and its impact on Akron.

Over the course of the year the Roundtable will discuss such topics as the medical advancements made during the Civil War; the formation and utilization of U.S. Colored Troops; an in-depth explanation of the Gettysburg Address and will end the year with a lecture on Lincoln’s restrictions of civil liberties during the war — specifically in Ohio.

In January we will host our annual debate. This year’s debate will consider the question of “Who was the most important Ohioan during the Civil War?”

On February 12, 2020, we are planning a special celebration to mark the 211th birthday of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.

Meetings are held at Judson Manor, 1890 East 107th Street, on the second Wednesday of each month, September to May.

Drinks are available at 6pm with dinner at 6:30 and the presentation at 7:30. The price of dinner and the lecture is $30 per person. Reservations must be made no later than five days prior to the meeting by emailing your name to Reserve your spot and consider becoming a member of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable.

You can visit our website at clevelandcivilwarroundtable or visit us on Facebook at Cleveland Civil War Roundtable where you can see a complete schedule of our meetings and upcoming speakers.

C. Ellen Connally is a retired judge of the Cleveland Municipal Court. From 2010 to 2014 she served as the President of the Cuyahoga County Council. An avid reader and student of American history, she serves on the Board of the Ohio History Connection, is currently vice president of the Cuyahoga County Soldiers and Sailors Monument Commission and president of the Cleveland Civil War Round Table. She holds degrees from BGSU, CSU and is all but dissertation for a PhD from the University of Akron.

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