David Lintern, a volunteer from James A. Garfield National Historic Site, explains the series of losses and calamities that influenced General Robert E. Lee’s decision to surrender in Appomattox on April 9, 1865, during a program we hosted earlier this week. While most know about the surrender itself, the preceding week is crucial in understanding Lee’s actions.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, May 11. Debbie Weinkamer, while in character as Mrs. Lucretia Garfield, will discuss what the home front was like in Hiram, Ohio, while her husband James A. Garfield and brothers fought in the Civil War. The program is free to attend. You can register to attend on our website.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our series can be viewed online in their entirety, including: