Monroe County Civil War Round Table 2015 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 with a group discussion to follow. 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. The programs will take place at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.
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2015 Schedule of Events
A Small Story about that Big Statue
Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 7 pm
Sitting as a sentinel on the banks of the River Raisin is one of the finest Civil War equestrian statues in the nation. The history behind the statue, “Sighting the Enemy”, has become an integral part of Monroe history. Dr. William McCloskey will give the story behind the planning. Construction and dedication of this grand sentinel and then the controversial relocation plans that brought it to its current location.
Lincoln’s Position on Slavery – A Work in Progress
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 7 pm
President Lincoln is often called the Great Emancipator but history shows that his views on slavery were complicated. Historian Mr. William Cottrell will discuss Lincoln’s views of the institution and how they evolved as his political career matured.
Thursday, March 12, 2015 – 7 pm
Civil War doctors witnessed the effects of the advancement of weaponry during the Civil War by the carnage it produced among the soldiers. Unfortunately many were poorly prepared for what they would encounter on the battlefield. As doctors battled to find life saving techniques many soldiers also fell victim to disease due to the lack of sanitary conditions. Please join us on Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm as Dr. Gerald Turlo explores battlefield medicine during the Civil War.
Dr. Gerald Turlo, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine, at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. He specializes in Geriatrics. He is president of the 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Co. E. He is a member of the Society of Civil War Surgeons and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
The Disaster of the USS Sultana
Thursday, April 9, 2015 – 7 pm
Cited as the worst maritime disaster in American history, over 1500 returning Union prisoners of war were killed when the boilers blew on this overcrowded side-wheeler on April 27, 1865. Mr. Gary Holmes will take us on a trip back in history to the events that led up to this terrible disaster and explain the magnitude of the actual tragedy.
The Battle of Olustee
Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 7 pm
In an attempt to gain a hold in the South and to cut Confederate supply lines, permission was given to the Union Commander of the Department of the South, to invade Florida in February of 1864. Confederate soldiers were waiting for these Union troops and the clash would make the Battle of Olustee the largest battle fought in Florida. Please join us as Mr. Dave Jordon presents the history of the Battle of Olustee.
For more information about these programs please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec at 734-241-5277.
Find Civil War events in our online calendar.
- Monroe County, Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial
- Seeking Michigan - Civil War photographs and service records available on SeekingMichigan.org
- Civil War Photographs - The Archives of Michigan has close to 1,400 Civil War photographs in its collections. The majority of the images are carte de visite's of soldiers taking during the years of the Civil War. Also included are reproductions of sheet music, broadsides and group photographs.
- Civil War Service Records -The records document the history of Michigan soldiers in the form of muster rolls, letters, lists of dead, monthly returns and other materials sent to the state Adjutant General during the war. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
- Western Michigan University Libraries United States Civil War Collection
- Grand Valley State University's Civil War & Slavery Collection