MARIETTA — The next regular meeting of the Mid-Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Parish Hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 230 Second St., Marietta.
David M. Mellott will present “West Virginia’s Seventh Infantry Regiment: A Struggling Union Regiment from the Civil War’s Most Divided State.”
Although the Seventh West Virginia Infantry was nicknamed “The Bloody Seventh” after only a few minor skirmishes, the name was won several times during the Civil War. Fighting in more battles and suffering more casualties than any other regiment in West Virginia, the unit is considered the most beleaguered Union regiment in the most divided state of the Civil War.
The regiment stood in Bloody Lane at Antietam, on Cemetery Hill on the second day at Gettysburg, and attacked the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania. Its history is a chapter in the history of West Virginia, the only state created as a direct result of the war.
It is also the story of Appalachian citizen-soldiers recruited from throughout the rough frontier region of the Mid-Ohio Valley, southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and southeastern Utah. Ohio. The story provides insight into dissent within the Confederacy’s divided demographics and fractured loyalties within the new state of West Virginia.
Mellott graduated from Ohio State University School of Law and retired after 44 years of practicing law in Cleveland.
He is the son of an Ohio history teacher whose interest in the period began as a child during the Civil War bicentennial commemoration. While doing genealogical research in the 1990s, he discovered that a number of Mellotts from Monroe County, Ohio served in the 7th W.Va. Infantry, a forgotten regiment that witnessed significant combat .
This sighting began a 25-year journey of research and discovery that culminated in the stories expressed in the title of the presentation. The regiment’s list lists 14 members with his surname.
The meeting is open to the public and there is no admission. Donations will be accepted to offset part of the cost of the event.
The event is partially funded by a matching grant obtained from the Ohio Arts Council. Face coverings are recommended.
The Roundtable and the Ohio Arts Council are committed to providing accessibility for people with disabilities. The meeting venue offers a drop-off point near the front door, disabled parking, and easy access to seating with no steps. Accommodations for other disabilities will be considered upon request.