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Civil War Sesquicentennial

Civil War Sesquicentennial - June 1864

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

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June 1-3, 1864 - Confederate forces build a series of fortifications seven miles long as a defense against Union attacks at Cold Harbor.  During the attack of the fortifications Union forces suffer substantial losses.  In his Memoirs, Grant will write, “I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made. ... No advantage whatever was gained to compensate for the heavy loss we sustained.”

June 11, 1864 – The Battle of Trevilian Station is one of the bloodiest cavalry battles of the Civil War.  Monroe’s own General George Custer and the Michigan Cavalry Brigade capture the Confederate wagon train from the rear but then experience heavy fire as the Confederates contest Custer’s attack.  The Michigan Cavalry Brigade suffers heavy losses.

June 18, 1864 – Grant decides that Petersburg cannot be won by an assault and decides to entrench the army into a siege.

June 19, 1864 – The USS Kearsage sinks the successful Confederate raider CSS Alabama off the coast of France.

June 30, 1864 – Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase resigns

Bloody Spring: Forty Days that Sealed the Confederacy's Fate by Joseph Wheelan
Glory Enough for All: Sheridan's Second Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station by Eric J. Wittenberg 
War on the Waters: the Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 by James M. McPherson
The Last Citadel: Petersburg, Virginia, June 1864-April 1865 by Noah Andre Trudeau

Remembering the Civil War at 150 Years – Camp Monroe - Kid volunteers wanted! Travel back in time to the 1860s and enter the world of a Civil War soldier from Monroe.  This will be a hands-on experience for students who have completed the 4th to 6th grade.  Camp activities will include marching, setting up camp and the taste of hardtack. Camp will be held, Wednesday and Thursday, June 25 and 26, from 10 am till 2 pm.  Registration is required. Please visit Camp Monroe for more information.  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.  It is a cooperative effort by the staff of the Monroe County Historical Museum and the Ellis Library & Reference Center. 

Paging Through the Civil War Book Club – This is a history book club that focuses on the American Civil War.  We are currently reading Richmond Burning: The Last Days of the Confederate Capital by Nelson Lankford.  We will be meeting for a book discussion on Thursday, July 24, 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 will be 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 visit our events page or call the Ellis Library and Reference Center at 734-241-5277 for more information.