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 Fall Schedule of Events
Remembering Michigan’s Civil War Soldiers
Thursday, September 8, 2016 – 7 pm
Please join us as author David Finney gives his Power Point presentation, Remembering Michigan’s Civil War Soldiers. His presentation, an extension of his book of the same title, will examine a selection of soldiers' images that serve to remind us of Michigan's patriots and heroes of that fratricidal conflict. This program provides visual and anecdotal information about Michigan Civil War generals, regimental and company officers, the rank and file, camp scenes, musicians, Wolverines killed in battle, Medal of Honor recipients, and GAR veterans. The images in this power point program, the majority of which have not been published and/or viewed, are from Michigan collectors, museums and institutions. Many of the Civil War images that will be shown affirm the thought that nothing holds our attention more than a unique and interesting photograph.
Autographed copies of Remembering Michigan's Civil War Soldiers will be available for $20.00 after the program.
Custer Week - A Special Evening with Author T.J. Stiles
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 7 pm
T. J. Stiles is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award. His new biography of General George Armstrong Custer radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times. He paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored.
T.J. Stiles is also the author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, winner of the Ambassador Book Award and the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Mr. Stiles is an elected member of the Society of American Historians and a member of the board of the Authors Guild. He was a 2011 fellow of the John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a 2004 Gilder Lehman Fellowship in the American History at the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and a member of the 2014 faculty of the World Economic Forum. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two children. Books will be available for purchase.
The evening is sponsored by the Monroe County Civil War Round Table and the Monroe County Historical Museum.
Additional Custer Week Events:
Tea with Maggie Calhoun – Friday, October 7 – Monroe County Historical Museum (Ticket required)
New Woodland Cemetery Tour – Saturday, October 8
The Preservation and Rededication of the Michigan Cavalry Guidon – Saturday, October 8 – Monroe County Historical Museum
Custer and the War of 1812 Veterans – Sunday, October 9 – River Raisin National Battlefield Park
Please call Charmaine Wawrzyniec 734-241-5277 for times and details.
Michigan at Antietam
Thursday, November 10, 2016 – 7 pm
Michigan Historical Commissioners and authors, Jack Dempsey and Brian Egen share their research from their book Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State’s Sacrifice on America’s Bloodiest Day”. Their book sheds new insights on the role of Michigan soldiers and civilians during this epic struggle. Their research also reveals the Wolverine state’s connections and involvement in one of the Civil War’s greatest mysteries – the famous “Lee’s Lost Order”, never-told stories about the combat role of staff orderly George A. Custer, and one regiment that lost nearly half of their unit in less than an hour. Learn more about Michigan soldiers’ monument-worthy contributions, the heroism of the 17th Michigan “Stonewall Regiment” at the Battle of South Mountain and the bloody sacrifice of the 7th Michigan Infantry at the epicenter of the battleground. At the centerpiece of the book is the tale of the state’s vital role in making possible the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Their book Michigan at Antietam will be available for purchase. To honor and remember Michigan’s sacrifice during the single bloodiest day in American history, the authors will dedicate all proceeds from the book for the creation and installation of a new monument to the Wolverine State.
Civil War Show and Tell
Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 7pm
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, for more information.