Civil War Sesquicentennial - February 1865
The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War is being remembered throughout the nation. Learn more about what happened around the country and our hometown of Monroe.
February 1, 1865 - Illinois ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the first state to abolish slavery.
February 3, 1865 - President Lincoln and Secretary of State Steward meet with Confederate peace commissioners in Hampton Roads, Virginia. No positive results are produced from this meeting.
February 5 - 7, 1865 - Battle of Hatcher's Run. Union General Grant continues his offensive battles during the Siege of Petersburg in an effort to cut off Confederate supply lines.
February 12, 1865 -The electoral college meets, and by a vote of 212 to 21, officially re-electes President Abraham Lincoln.
February 17, 1865 - Sherman and his men capture Columbia, South Carolina, as Charleston is evacuated.
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Paging through the Civil War Book Club - This is a book club that focuses on the American Civil War. We are currently reading Our One Common Country by James B. Conroy. We will meet to discuss the book on Thursday, March 26 at 7pm at the Ellis Library and Reference Center. For more information please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec at 734-241-5277 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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, from 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 topics. This month Mr. William Cottrell will speak on Lincoln's Position on Slavery. Please join us on Thursday, February 12 at 7 pm. All talks are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec at 734-241-5277 or email@example.com .