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Civil War Sesquicentennial

Civil War Sesquicentennial - August 1864

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is being remembered througout the nation.  Learn more about what happened around the country and in our hometown of Monroe ....

August 1, 1864 – Union General U.S. Grant gives Cavalry Commander Phil Sheridan the mission to clear the enemy out the Shenandoah Valley.

August 5, 1864 – Battle of Mobile Bay – Union Admiral David Farragut successfully closes Mobile Bay to blockade running by out gunning Confederate Admiral Franklin Buchanan and forcing the Confederate Ironclad CSS Tennessee to surrender.

August 18, 1864 – General Grant refuses a second Confederate request to exchange prisoners putting pressure on the Confederate army as their numbers dwindle.

August 23, 1864 – Fort Morgan, the last of the Confederate forts, falls, clearing Mobile Bay for the Union.

August 31, 1864 – General George McClellan receives the Democratic nomination for the upcoming Presidential elections.

The Battle for Piedmont and Hunter's Raid on Staunton by Scott Patchon


Lincoln's Admiral by James P. Duffy

War on the Waters by James M. McPherson



Blue and Gray at Sea edited by Brian M. Thomsen


Remembering the Civil War at 150 Years – Quilts of the Civil War – Please join us on Thursday, September 4 at 7 pm when quilt historian, Bonnie Bus gives us a textile history of quilting during the Civil War.  This program is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of America, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Paging Through the Civil War Book Club– This is a history book club that focuses on the American Civil War.  We are currently reading Rebels on the Great Lakes by John Bell.  We will be meeting for a book discussion on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 7 pm at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.  For more information please call 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 from September through May at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.  Each month a new speaker is invited to share his or her knowledge about specific Civil War events.  We are currently off for the summer but will start again on Thursday, September 11, 2014, when Sue Donovan will give us the history of Potter Cemetery in Monroe County.  Please join us in September at 7pm at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.  For more information please call the Ellis Library and Reference Center at 734-241-5277 for more information.