Join us for our next meeting
May 25th, 2017 The Battle of Nashville – John Bell Hood’s Last Hurrah! Presented by L. Lokesansky
June 29th, 2017 Social Evening, Book Swap and our popular Pop Quiz…
Visitors are always welcome!
We also meet prior to the meeting for dinner at a local restaurant. Contact Conrad Laplante for details.
Usual monthly meetings: 7:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month, excluding July and August. (members gather between 7-7:30)
Nepean Museum building, 16 Rowley Avenue.
PLEASE RSVP: CWRT Ottawa President: Conrad Laplante
Check out our full schedule of meetings here.
So why would a Canadian group be interested in the American Civil War?
One reason connects to an old thought that two of the most important episodes in Canadian history are the American Revolution and the American Civil War.
The American Revolution is important to Canadians, of course, notably because (a) we ended up harbouring the “Tories” (or Loyalists) who did a good deal to shape the country, and (b) because it meant we ended up living next to a young giant.
The reasons why the American Civil War is important to us are more subtle, but one is that the sudden expansion of U.S. armed strength, combined with the decline in Britain’s ability (or motivation) to defend its distant colonies, was a main motivation in our move to Confederation. Other reasons include our role in the last days of American slavery, and our experience as the base for several Southern attacks on the North.
Beyond these special reasons, the American Civil War is of great interest to people who like history. It’s packed with drama—with despair and triumph and the ironies of war between former friends—often family members.
It is also offers an extraordinary wealth of material on how history is formed: on the creation of myth, on trends in historical interpretation, on the gaps between belief and reality. Few episodes in history have been so thoroughly studied—and so often misinterpreted.
Because of these factors, and others, a small group of Civil War readers (by no means experts) meets monthly in Ottawa to share results of their readings, online searches and other explorations on the Civil War. Its sessions are low-key and informal, usually preceded by a meal in a neighbourhood pub. It tolerates and encourages a considerable range of views, and welcomes new members.
[Written by Carman Cumming, cwrtottawa]
Announcements and Recommendations:
- News of the Civil War monument at Lost Villages Historical Society Park
Go Fund Me campaign announces $43,635 of the $60K target has been raised. So Almost There…
Their website indicates that Sunday, Sept.17 will be the dedication date and we think it would be appropriate for as many OCWRT members as possible to attend. More information to come.
Background: “The Lost Villages will soon have the proud distinction of having a National War Monument.The executive of the Lost Villages Historical Society, Ault Park and the Township of South Stormont announced they have entered into an agreement in principle with the Grays and Blues of Montreal, a mid-19th century living history re-enactment association, to provide in Ault Park appropriate land facilities and ongoing maintenance for the monument.” See here for the whole article as published in the http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2014/02/21“
- (W)ARCHIVES: MEMORIALISING THE MOST IMPORTANT SURRENDER IN AMERICAN HISTORY
- Looking for book reviews: Review by Terrence J. Lindell, Wartburg College
Ed. Mark K. ChristLittle Rock: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, 2014. Pp. 157. ISBN 978–1–935106–67–8.
- Review by Donald R. Shaffer, Chandler, AZ
By Bob Luke and John David Smith
- Some Americans refuse to give up on Confederate flag.
By Mark Scolforo and Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press 3:01 p.m. EDT August 2, 2015
- Michigan War Studies: A review of David S. Cecelski, The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War, by Michael W. Coffey, North Carolina Office of Archives and History.– James P. Holoka, editor
- The Michigan War Studies Review Website: http://www.miwsr.com/default.aspx
- Be sure to check our Civil War Links page. We will continue to add material when you, our readers, send them to us.
- Our CWRT member traveler is not on an adventure right now, but you can see where she has gone… by reviewing her travels on Route 66.
Questions about the Club: CWRT Ottawa President: Conrad Laplante