Monroe County Civil War Round Table 2017 Winter/Spring Lecture Series
The Monroe County Civil War Round Table is a group of Civil War enthusiasts who meet to discuss all aspects of the United States Civil War. Each month a different expert is invited to make a presentation and a group discussion follows. The Round Table is sponsored by the Ellis Friends of the Monroe County Library System.
The Round Table meets the second Thursday of the month from September through May, at 7 pm, at the Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan, 48161.
All lectures are free and open to the public.
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2017 Schedule of Events
A Civil War Travelling Photographer & Images from the Past
Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm
The advancement in photography techniques during the Civil War allowed the common Civil War soldier to have their picture taken while away, to send home to family members for keepsakes. Many of these images still remain in museums, personal and family collections. Photographer Robert Beech uses his talent for capturing images by producing tin type portraits for Civil War Re-enactments. Please join us on Thursday, January 12 as Mr. Beech discusses Civil War photography and the authentic, wet-plate process he uses to produce reproductions.
African American Sailors in the Union Navy
Thursday, February 9 at 7pm
African American sailors were a significant part of the Union Navy, as one out of every six enlisted men was African American. Black sailors served in most vessels, worked in almost every task and rank, and participated in battles everywhere the Civil War was fought. Whereas the presence of black soldiers in the Union Army was a new phenomenon that appeared only in the latter half of the war, African Americans had served in the United States Navy since its inception and were actively enlisted in the Union Navy from the start of the war. Another sharp contrast between the Union Navy and Union Army was their institutional treatment of its African American enlisted personnel. Whereas there is a large body of work on the widespread racism in the Union Army, the Union Navy proved to be an example of egalitarianism that serves as an interesting set of possibilities if the policy had been maintained in the postwar years. Author and Professor Steven Ramold provides in depth knowledge into this often overlooked part of the Civil War.
Fort Powell and the Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864
Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm
The Battle of Mobile Bay was crucial to the Union war effort. It was the last important port on the Gulf of Mexico remaining in Confederate control. Capture of this port would complete the union blockade and provide an ever stronger suffocating hold on the Confederates. Victory in Mobile Bay would also contribute to the re-election of Abraham Lincoln. Please join us as historian Ken Baumann shares his knowledge of this little discussed battle.
From the Old Curiosity Shop – Part 2
Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm
Put on your thinking caps for part two of this quiz type presentation by Mr. Tom Nanzig, VP of the Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table. For more than 20 years Tom has been writing a “Did you know…?” column for his Civil War Round Table Newsletter. Tom returns with ten more intriguing stories from the Civil War. He will introduce each story with three photographs or illustrations, giving the audience progressive clues as to the direction of each tale. The audience is encouraged to connect-the-clues that lead to ten true tales from the Civil War.
Thirteenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry
Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm
The history of the Thirteenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment began in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on January 17, 1862. They left Michigan and began their service as reinforcements at the close of the battle of Pittsburg Landing. From there, they were engaged in the battles at Shiloh, Perryville, Chickamauga and many others. They saw engineer duty at Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain and joined Sherman’s march to the sea. History Professor and Executive Director of the 13th Michigan Memorial Association, Michael Culp, honors their service by sharing their story with our Round Table on Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm.