For many, being a Civil War general would be the pinnacle of their life. But for Painesville’s John Stephen Casement, it was a prologue.

General Jack found more wealth and fame as a railroad man. He even smote the Golden Spike that connected the transcontinental railroad.

Learn more from David Lintern, a volunteer at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. When you watch his talk, you’ll also discover Lintern’s personal connection to General Casement.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Rangers Allison Powell and Rebecca Hayward will share tips for researching your family members who served in the Civil War. 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.

(By the way, if you’re interested in genealogy, our Lake Branch hosts a genealogy club that meets next on Nov. 3.)

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