Civil War Sesquicentennial - December 1864
The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War is being remembered thoughout the nation. Learn more about what happened around the country and our hometown of Monroe.
December 6, 1864 - Former Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase is named Chief Justice of the United States.
December 15-16, 1864 - Battle of Nashville: This is the Army of the Tennessee's last attempt to force Sherman's army out of Georgia.
December 20, 1864 - Confederate troops evacuate Savannah, Georgia.
December 22, 1864 - As Federal troops occupy Savannah, Georgia, General Sherman sends his famous message to President Lioncoln, "I beg to present you a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,00 bales of cotton."
December 23-27, 1864 - Battle of Fort Fisher: The Union Navy, under General Benjamin Butler, attempts a Naval siege on Fort Fisher, guarding Wilmington, North Carolina
December 30, 1864 - Francis P. Blair, political figure from Maryland, asks for a meeting with Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Blair is very interested in exploring possible peace terms. His meeting will lead to the Hampton Roads Conference next month.
Read more about it....
|Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O'Connell|
|Facing Sherman in South Carolina: March through the Swamps by Christopher G. Crabb|
Paging through the Civil War Book Club - This is a book club that focuses on the American Civil War. We are currently reading "Old Slow Town": Detroit during the Civil War by Paul Taylor. We will meet to discuss the book on Thursday, January 22 at 7 pm at the Ellis Library and Reference Center. For more information please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec at 734-241-5277.
Learn more about the Civil War - The Monroe County Civil War Round Table, sponsored by the Friends of Ellis, meets the second Thursday of every month, September through May, at the Ellis Library and Reference Center. Each month a different speaker is invited to share his or her knowledge about specific Civil War events. This month, on Thursday, December 11 at 7 pm is our Member Show and Tell. Members will share something from their own collections and interests. The night will conclude with multiple book raffles generously donated by members of the Round Table.