The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War is being remembered throughout the nation. Learn more about what happened around the country and our hometown of Monroe.
January 12, 1865 - Maryland politician, Francis Blair, meets Confederate President Jefferson Davis to discuss possible avenues to peace. Blair wants the North and South to join together to expel the French from Mexico. Neither Lincoln or Davis agree to this scheme but Davis does agree to send a representative to meet Lincoln on February 3.
Janury 15, 1865 - Admiral Porter's armada opens fire on Fort Fisher in North Carolina as U.S. troops launch an attack on land. That evening Fort Fisher is forced to surrender.
January 16, 1865 - General Sherman issues Special order # 15. This order sets aside abandoned or confiscated land of up to 40 acres for 10,000 black refugees that have followed his army through Georgia.
January 31, 1865 - The U.S. House passes the abolition of slavery amendment.
January 31, 1865 - General Robert E. Lee is named General in Chief of the Confederate Armies.
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Paging through the Civil War Book Club - This is a book club that focuses on the American Civil War. We are currently reading "Old Slow Town": Detroit during the Civil War by Paul Taylor. We will meet to discuss the book on Thursday, January 22 at 7pm at the Ellis Library and Reference Center. For more information please contact 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, September through May at the Ellis Library and Reference Center. Each month a different speaker is invited to share his or her knowledge about specific Civil War events. This month Professor William E. McCloskey will give the history of Monroe's Custer Statue in his talk, "A Small Story about a Big Statue". Please join us on Thursday, January 8, at 7 pm.