Monroe County Civil War Round Table 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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Monroe County Civil War Round Table
2019 - 2020
From Secession to War: The Confederate Flags of 1861
September 11, 2019 (For this month only we will be meeting on Wednesday)
From the fall of 1860 through November 1861, the Southern states created a number of banners to reflect their feelings and thoughts on the issues of the day. Often using old Revolutionary War symbols, the flags made in this period were some of the most diverse that would be created during the war era. State flags came into use as well as distinctive company level colors as those units were raised. New regiments carried a variety of flags that became more standardized when the Confederate States of America created its first national flag. That banner often caused some identity confusion on the battlefield and so the desire to create a “war flag” led to the adoption of the first specific battle flag for a Confederate army. Please join us as flag historian and author Greg Biggs teaches us the history of early Confederate flags.
An Aide to Custer: Lt. Edward G. Granger
September 3, 2019
At the young age of nineteen, Lt. Edward Granger would become an aid to newly appointed General, George Armstrong Custer. He would spend the short duration of his life having a firsthand view of the workings of the Cavalry under Custer’s leadership. Custer scholar, Sandy Barnard has edited the personal letters Granger left behind. Barnard will share the insights garnered from Granger’s letters.
U.S. Grant and His American Indian Policy
November 14, 2019
Mary Stockwell, author of the book Interrupted Odyssey, joins us to discuss the genesis, failure, and lasting legacy of Ulysses S. Grant’s comprehensive American Indian policy. Stockwell leads the discussion into new scholarship that rejects Grant’s work as a failure and offers new insight into the policies that have had lasting effects on Native Americans.
Round Table Show and Tell
December 12, 2019
Join our Civil War Round Table members for a Civil War Show and Tell. The night will conclude with our annual book raffle. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec, 734-241-5277 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Music in Camp
The History of Civil War Music and Instruments
January 9, 2020
Staff arranger for the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, Bernhard Kirchner, will share his
knowledge about Civil War music and the instruments used by soldiers. Kirchner will bring several instruments from the time period for demonstration.
Lincoln and His Wartime Leadership
February 13, 2020
When President Abraham Lincoln took office as President of the United States in March of 1861, seven states had seceded from the Union and declared themselves independent. Being a lawyer, Lincoln was already established in the legal issues that surrounded the secession from the Union. When Fort Sumter was fired upon in April, he would be thrust into the role of Commander in Chief. His Presidency would run the full gauntlet of the war from beginning to end. Dr. Dwayne Beggs, Professor of History from Lourdes College, will discuss with our group Lincoln’s leadership as Commander in Chief, the struggles, success and failures.
March 12, 2020
Join us as President of the Confederate States, Jefferson Davis, visits our round table to tell about his life before, during and after the Civil War. Jefferson is portrayed by Van Wert, Ohio resident David Walker, who has portrayed Jefferson Davis for over a decade. Walker is the official Jefferson Davis for many Civil War reenactment events.
Tom should have been the General!
Tom Custer and the 21st Ohio
April 9, 2020
The other Custer brother, Tom, who George would declare should have been the General instead of himself, forged a brave and courageous history for himself during the Civil War. Too young to enlist, it was only after his father relented that he went off to war with the 21st Ohio. Organized in Findlay Ohio, the 21st was mustered into service on September 19, 1861. Tom and his comrades from Tontoganey, Ohio, would see action in the Western Theater before Tom would join his brother in Cavalry for the remaining of the Civil War. Author and historian, Dan Masters, has spent several years researching Ohio soldiers. Please join us as we go on the march with the 21st Ohio.
Michigan’s Civil War Citizen-General: Alpheus Williams
May 14, 2020
Detroit native, General Alpheus Williams is one of the most unsung heroes of the Civil War. He contributed to several successes including the Battle of Gettysburg, the March to the Sea and the Carolinas Campaign. Not one to sing his praises and not a West Point graduate, his success went without public recognition. Award winning author, Jack Dempsey, returns to our Round Table with his new book Michigan’s Civil War Citizen-General: Alpheus Williams to finally give praise were it is due.