Monroe County Civil War Round Table 2016 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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2016 Schedule of Events
The Know-Nothing Party and the Politics of the Civil War
Thursday, January 14, 2016 – 7 pm
The national political environment in the years following the Compromise of 1850, was viewed as the last best chance to avoid a civil conflict. The American, or Know-nothing Party, failed in an effort to create a political party in 1854 and to direct attention away from slavery and toward an intense zeal for political reform and fear of immigration. In the years after this, slavery would greatly divide the party and its demise would come with the election of 1860. Please join us on Thursday, January 14 at 7 pm as Professor Edmund La Clair explores the political history that lead to the Civil War.
President Grant Honors Lincoln’s Legacy
Thursday, February 11, 2016 – 7 pm
President Abraham Lincoln was killed before he had the opportunity to see the nation return to peace and develop into a society without slavery. Historian, William Cottrell, will delve into the legacy that was left by President Lincoln and how it was almost lost by Johnson’s administration. His talk will focus on the Grant administration and its efforts to save the Lincoln legacy.
Among the Enemy
Thursday, March 10, 2016 – 7 pm
Drawing primarily from the diary of William Kimball, a member of the First Engineers and Mechanics, author Mark Hoffman, will present the complexities of the relationships between Union soldiers and civilians in occupied Middle Tennessee and Northern Alabama.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 – 7 pm
Built in secrecy in England, the CSS Alabama was commissioned in international waters. Commanded by Confederate Captain Raphael Semmes, the CSS Alabama spent two years raiding on the Atlantic Ocean. Please join us as Judge Terrence Bronson relates the Civil War history of both the CSS Alabama and the life of Captain Raphael Semmes.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 7 pm
The development of the Gettysburg Battlefield as a national memorial place began in 1895. Civil War veterans participated in locating battle lines and the Calvin Gilbert Foundry was selected to produce historical markers and cannon carriages for the cannon tubes being brought to the battlefield. Monroe resident Bruce Vanisacker has spent many years researching and restoring the cannons on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Please join as he presents the history behind the foundry, its owner and its connection to the Battlefield.