The United States Civil War Sesquicentennial
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……
June 3, 1863 – Gettysburg Campaign begins as Robert E. Lee decides to invade the north by moving towards Pennsylvania.
June 9, 1863 – The Battle of Brandy Station takes place on this date. It would be the most severe cavalry fight of the war.
June 13 -15, 1863 – General Lee continues to march his troops north. Another clash takes place at Winchester, Virginia. The Union would lose the Second Battle of Winchester.
June 14, 1863 – While the Union forces are laying siege to Port Hudson, Union General Nathaniel Banks demands capitulation. Refusing to surrender, Banks plans an assault at dawn. The Confederates continue to hold off the Union forces even though they have half the strength as the Union.
June 20, 1863 – President Lincoln issues a proclamation making West Virginia the 35th state in the Union.
June 25, 1863 – Confederate Cavalry General J. E. B. Stuart, begins his Gettysburg raid. Stuart will ride around the rear of the Union army. He will cross the Army of the Potomac’s main supply line and capture almost 125 Federal wagons and take over 400 prisoners.
June 28, 1863 – General George Meade is appointed to replace General Joseph Hooker of the Army of the Potomac.
Read more about it….
From our hometown, as reported in the Monroe Commercial…
Letter from the Sixth Michigan, Port Hudson
Death of another Monroe Soldier - June 18, 1863
Paging Through the Civil War Book Club– This is a history book club that focuses on the American Civil War. We are currently readingA Short History of Reconstructionby Eric Foner. We will be meeting for a book discussion on Thursday, July 25 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. We do not meet during the summer but will meet again in September. For more information call Charmaine Wawrzyniec at 734-241-5277.