Monroe County Civil War Round Table 2018 Winter/Spring 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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2018 Civil War Round Table
January 11, 2018 - A 20-Year Journey With 19th Century 'Fake News'
In the mid-90s, mathematician and historian James Epperson encountered what seemed to be an outlandish alleged quote from U.S. Grant. Commonplace in certain corners of the then, very primitive Internet, Epperson spent several years seeking the real truth behind it. This talk is a history of his involvement with this quote in its several forms, and a final resolution of where it came from and how true it might be.
James Epperson is a 60-ish child of the 60s (both 19th and 20th Centuries) who makes his meager living as an editor for the American Mathematical Society in Ann Arbor. When not gallivanting about giving talks to Civil War Round Tables, he lives with his wife and arthritic Border Collie, attends his daughter's roller derby bouts, and ponders which bank to rob to pay for his son's remaining college education.
February 8, 2018 – Baring the Iron Hand: Discipline and Criminal Justice in the Union Army
The American Civil War brought an influx of citizen soldiers into the United States Army. These were men who did not accept military discipline readily and challenged the very basic principles of regular army correction. Dr. Steven Ramold returns to our Civil War Round Table to discuss the upheaval this caused and how the army managed to create a working army from a collection of citizen soldiers.
Dr. Steven Ramold is a full time professor at Eastern Michigan University. He specializes in nineteenth century U.S. History, Military History, and Cultural History. Dr. Ramold’s primary research area is the Civil War era, a topic upon which he has written a number of books, articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews.
March 8, 2018 – Gettysburg Past & Present
On July 1-3, 1863, two great armies clashed in and around the small town of Gettysburg, PA, leaving in its wake over 51,000 casualties. Very shortly after the conflict ended, photographers Alexander Gardner, Timothy O’Sullivan, James Gibson and Matthew Brady headed to Gettysburg to record scenes of the battlefield which included graphic images of death and destruction. These images now serve as a historical record of one of the greatest battles in American history.
In this program, Gettysburg Past & Present, we will review the wet plate photographic process used by the photographers of the day. We will follow in the footsteps of Gardner, O’Sullivan, Gibson and Brady as they recorded what are now considered to be some of the most iconic images of the American Civil War. This program represents the accumulation of battlefield images over the last 10 years, taken precisely where the historic images were created in 1863. Whether you have never been to the Gettysburg National Military Park, or if you have visited on several occasions, you will no doubt find the comparison of these historic images to be both fascinating and thought provoking.
Peter Gaudet first became a student of Civil War history in the late 60’s when family summer vacations were spent visiting battlefields. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a BA in History and was a Commissioned Officer with the 101stAirborne Division (AASLT). He started a career as a professional wedding photographer in 1994, and has since expanded his skills to all forms of portraiture and landscape photography. He is a member of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable, GW Lee Civil War Roundtable, Michigan Regimental Roundtable, Abraham Lincoln Civil War Roundtable, and Israel B. Richardson Civil War Roundtable. Peter and his wife Veronica reside in Clinton Township, MI. with their two sons Jonathan and Joshua.
April 12, 2018 – Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign
Dr. Dennis Rasbauch, in his book, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign, makes a case against Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s original account of the Battle of Petersburg. Rasbauch suggests that Chamberlain attacked at a very different position from which history has remembered, changing the whole narrative of the Petersburg Campaign. Join us as Dr. Dennis Rasbauch presents new evidence that will change the way you view the Campaign.
Dr. Dennis Rasbach is a graduate of John Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was investigating the movements of his ancestor’s regiment (the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry) when he came across Joshua Chamberlain and the contradictions surrounding his famous charge and wounding at Petersburg. Rasbach’s research has persuasively altered the conventional understanding of events on the left flank of the Army of the Potomac on June 18, 1864, resulting in the movement of a marker commemorating Chamberlains’ “on the spot” promotion to a new site, nearly a mile from its former location. Dr. Rasbauch is a member of the Civil War Round Table of Southwest Michigan. He lives in St. Joseph, Michigan with his wife Ellen. They have been married for nearly four decades and have two grown sons and three grandchildren.
May 10, 2018 – General Henry Baxter: 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry
The list of accomplishments and lifetime adventures are lengthy; leading a group west during the gold rush, founding member of the Republican party, diplomat to Honduras but General Henry Baxter also cannot be forgotten for the role he played leading the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. Wounded four times, he is especially known for his leadership role during the Battle of Gettysburg. Please join us as Dr. Jay Martin introduces us to this powerful figure from the past.
Dr. Jay C. Martin is a native of Michigan and former Great Lakes mariner best known for his research in maritime history, which has resulted in the preservation of historic ships and maritime sites, many museum exhibits, and an extensive list of publications. He is Associate Professor of History at Central Michigan University where he teaches Public History and Museum Studies. He is Director of both the Museum of Cultural and Natural History and the Museum Studies Program at Central Michigan University. Dr. Martin holds a bachelors in Public History from Western Michigan University (1984), a masters in American Studies (1988) and a Ph.D. in History (1995) from Bowling Green State University. He has over one hundred publications and creative endeavors.
A quick look into the 2018 – 2019 Civil War Series….
September 13, 2018 – Lincoln’s Kalamazoo Visit – Shocking New Discoveries with Mr. Tom George
Custer Week (First week of October) – The General’s Horses with A.P. Hill (Mr. Patrick Falci)
November 8, 2018 – James Garfield and the Civil War with Mr. Dan Vermilya
December 13, 2018 - Civil War Show and Tell