Several of the men who served in the Civil War also served as president of the United States, including Mentor’s most famous resident.

Todd Arrington (site commander of James A. Garfield National Historic Site) discussed the lives of six of these men as the subject of his latest Civil War talk.

Find out who among them:

  • had a grandfather who also served as president
  • was injured in battle and nearly lost his arm
  • never won an election until they were voted vice president
  • began their military career as a private
  • had the nickname Rather-fraud after a controversial election. (That one should be easy.)

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, March 14, at our Main Branch. The topic will be Major General Ambrose Burnside. The talk is free and open to all.

If you’re interested in Civil War history, some other previous talks in our Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety: