Join us for our next meeting
Holiday luncheon: We are booked for noon on SATURDAY 7 JAN at The Old Mill Brewery, 555 Wellington, St. Ottawa, ON
Please RSVP to: Conrad Laplante. This is always a lovely luncheon with CWRTO Members and their significant others!
- January 26, 2017, Group Assignment (5-10 Mins): Describe an aspect of Reconstruction
- February 23, 2017, Sutlers, Presented by Hill Kaslove
- March 30, 2017, Edward Reed Memorial Lecture: Anglo-American Tension at Sea – RMS TRENT and CSS ALABAMA, Presented by Wayne Pickering
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:
- Another good book review:
Review by William H. Mulligan Jr., Murray State University – George Kimball, A Corporal’s Story: Civil War Recollections of theTwelfth Massachusetts. Ed.Alan D. Gaff and Donald H. Gaff. Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2014.
- Great website for information: War on the Rocks – Mark Stout, Ph.D. is Director of the MA Program in Global Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC. He has previously worked for thirteen years as an intelligence analyst with the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and later with the CIA. He has also worked on the Army Staff in the Pentagon and at the Institute for Defense Analyses.
- 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
- “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“
- 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