July 30, 2016
CIVIL WAR HERITAGE GROUP, ELECTING NEW OFFICERS, MARCHES INTO NEXT ERA
FULTON, Mo. – The pioneers of the Callaway County's Gray Ghosts Trail – Kingdom of Callaway Civil War Heritage – marches forward into its next phase with new officers and a new name.
Joseph W. McCroskrie
Bryant Liddle has been elected Chair – moving up from his role as Co-Chair – and Joseph W. “Whit” McCoskrie is the new Vice Chair/Treasurer, having just joined the board. Longtime board member Warren Hollrah is the organization's new Secretary, succeeding Don Ernst.
The group's new name is Callaway Civil War Heritage. “We have a new name but will continue our mission of accurately researching the Civil War in Callaway County and passing this knowledge on to future generations,” says Liddle. “But we are also identifying fresh projects and are seeking new board members to broaden both our membership and our ideas, and to make new hands available to complete these projects.”
Certain functions will continue, including sustaining the Gray Ghosts Trail interpretive panels. But two to four new panels will also be planned, with particular emphasis on the 1865–1876 Reconstruction period. The excellent Web site www.callawaycivilwar.org will remain under the leadership of Webmaster Wayne Johnson, but Kathy (Zbinden) Richey-Liddle has agreed to create a handsome, accessible Facebook page.
Joe D. Holt
The heritage group will also identify new sources to obtain funding for its work, especially renewed marketing efforts. These may include a comprehensive map/brochure and a newsletter. Attorney and heritage leader Joe D. Holt will help restructure the association as a limited liability corporation, as well as provide other consultating assistance. Long a public face for the group, Holt has yet been emphatic about his well-deserved retirement as longtime Co-Chair.
Likewise for Martin Northway, who has retired after 11 years at the helm of the group, leading fund raising and community involvement, jump-starting educational efforts such as Civil War Living History Day, and researching and writing most of the county's eight educational panels. He will continue to assist with PR and historical research and writing. “We are most proud of the bonds we have formed with communities and their leaders in doing our impressive body of work,” says Northway. “We will continue to forge such relationships as we move forward.
“We will also recall the inspirational work of Mark Douglas – who died much too young – and of Don Ernst. Under our new name, we yet remain a committed affiliate of Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation, sponsor of both the Gray Ghosts and U.S. Grant Trails. Executive Director Greg Wolk has been our consistent friend and the driving force behind the trails.”
Liddle lives in Calwood with his wife Kathy and is owner of B-Line Engraving. He and his family funded one of the two panels about the Battle of Moore's Mill sited on their property.
With an abiding interest in the war, McCoskrie is a retired U.S. Army officer and a former bank executive. He is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and taught military history to ROTC candidates in the University of Missouri's Tiger Battalion. He and wife Virginia live in Fulton and he is a member of several boards. He funded the Gray Ghosts Trail panel Callaway County Men at War in front of the Courthouse on behalf of Virginia's Smockingbird's gift store in downtown Fulton.