The Firelands Civil War Roundtable was chartered on Sept.. 17, 1989 in Milan by a group of local people all sharing an interest in the Civil War. There are currently about 35 members on our roster, and we meet the second Sunday of the month, September through April in Room 101 of Building "A" at EHOVE Career Center, 316 W. Mason Road.
Our members come from various backgrounds, and range from experts on many aspects of the Civil War, to those who may only have a passing interest, or who may have had an ancestor who served in the war and want to learn more about it.
Over the years, we have had many speakers of both local and national renown discussing more than just battles and tactics. Other topics include politics, food, fashion, weapons, medicine, photography, the Underground Railroad, battlefield archaeology, and the people who lived through, and participated in the Civil War. We have been visited by re-enactors portraying Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Generals Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, James Longstreet, George Pickett, nurse and humanitarian Mother Mary Bickerdyke, former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth and Dr. Mary Walker, the only woman to win the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Civil War.
On occasion, we also visit local historical sites such as Johnson's Island, the General James B. McPherson home and cemetery in Clyde, the Rutherford B. Hayes Library in Fremont, and various museums.