Most of the action from this month’s Civil War talk happens in the courtroom and not on the battlefield!

When a military tribunal sentenced Lambdin P. Milligan of Indiana to hang for allegedly aiding the rebellious states, his lawyers—including James A. Garfield—stood before the Supreme Court to preserve not only his life but also Reconstruction.

Our speaker is Ranger Chris Dobeck from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, July 14. The rangers will discuss the history of the US Navy from wooden ships to the “Steel Navy.” For the first time in more than a year, we will be meeting in person at our Main Branch! We look forward to seeing you here. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

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