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Civil War Sesquicentennial

Civil War Sesquicentennial - July 1864

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is being remembered throughout our nation. Learn more about what happened around the country and in our hometown of Monroe……

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July 1, 1864 – William Pitt Fessenden, senator from Maine, is appointed Secretary of the Treasury

July 1, 1864 – The Wade-Davis Reconstruction Bill was the Radical Republicans rebuttal to President Lincoln’s lenient Ten Percent Plan for Reconstruction.  The bill required a majority of a state’s population to take an oath that they never supported the Confederacy to be readmitted into the Union.  Lincoln would veto this bill as too harsh on July 2.

July 11, 1864 – Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Early’s will lead his “Army of the Valley” to within 6 miles of Washington, D.C.

July 30, 1864 – Battle of the Crater – The men of the48th Pennsylvania, mostly coal miners, dig a tunnel 586 feet long with a shaft at the end which is 75 feet long that runs 20 feet below the Confederate defenses at Petersburg.  In an effort to destroy the Confederate breastworks, the shaft is packed with 8,000 pounds of powder.  After the initial blast, Union soldiers rushed into the massive man made crater only to be slaughtered by a Confederate counterattack.  The Union would lose almost 4000 men and the Confederates would lose close to 1500. 

No Quarter: the Battle of the Crater, 1864 by Richard Slotkin

The Horrid Pit: The Battle of the Crater, the Civil War's Cruelest Mission by Alan Axelrod

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Remembering the Civil War at 150 Years – Quilts of the Civil War – Please join us on Thursday, September 4 at 7 pm when quilt historian, Bonnie Bus gives us a textile history of quilting during the Civil War.  This program is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of America, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Paging Through the Civil War Book Club– This is a history book club that focuses on the American Civil War.  We are currently reading Richmond Burning: The Last Days of the Confederate Capital by Nelson Lankford.  We will be meeting for a book discussion on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 7 pm at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.  For more information please call 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 from September through May at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.  Each month a new speaker is invited to share his or her knowledge about specific Civil War events.  We are currently off for the summer but will start again on Thursday, September 11, 2014, when Sue Donovan will give us the history of Potter Cemetery in Monroe County.  Please join us in September at 7pm at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.  For more information please call the Ellis Library and Reference Center at 734-241-5277 for more information.