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The United States Civil War Sesquicentennial
Monroe, Michigan
April, 1864

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

Read more about it…..

April 8, 1864 – The Senate of the United States passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery in the United States.  It will pass in the House in January of 1865 and not be adopted until December 6, 1865.

April 12, 1864 –Confederates Led by Nathan Bedford Forest’s Confederate Cavalry capture Fort Pillow, Tennessee

April 22, 1864 –Following an act of Congress, the phrase “On God We Trust” begins to be stamped on Federal coins.

America's Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March toward Civil War by Joseph Kelly

A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why we fought the Civil War by Thomas Fleming

Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War & Reconstruction by Allen C. Guelzo



From our hometown, as reported in the Monroe Commercial:

        The 15th Infantry – April 28, 1864

        Letter from Co. A, 4th Michigan Infantry – April 22, 1864

Letter from the Seventh Regiment - April 14th, 1864

Gone with the Wind and Margaret Mitchell – Kathleen Marcaccio explores the history behind Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gone with the Wind and the 1939 film by the same name.  Please join us on Thursday, May 1 at 7 pm at the Ellis Library and Reference Center. This program is made available 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 Sherman’s March in Myth and Memory by Edward Caudill and Paul Ashdown.  We will be meeting for a book discussion on Thursday, May 22, 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 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.  This month Mr. Michael Unsworth will be speaking about Marines in the Civil War.  Please join us Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7pm at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.  For more information please visit our events page at or call the Ellis Library and Reference Center at 734-241-5277.




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