08 14, 2020

The Civil War & President James A. Garfield

By |2020-08-14T16:00:06-04:00August 14, 2020|

By now, many people know how Mentor’s own President James A. Garfield served in the Civil War, but how did he feel about the war and its causes?

Garfield catapulted to national fame because of his role in the impressive victory during the Battle of Middle Creek in 1862. Even before he donned a soldier’s uniform, though, Garfield had strong convictions and opinions about the events which led to the Civil War. Ranger Alan Gephardt of James A. Garfield National Historic Site will discuss Garfield’s private and public sentiments about the war and the cause for which millions fought.

Our Civil War series with our friends from Lawnfield continues during a special online program at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The topic will be on the role Civil War veterans like Sherman and Sheridan played in the Indian Wars. The talk will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

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

06 13, 2020

Civil War: The Life of Jefferson Davis

By |2020-06-13T09:00:50-04:00June 13, 2020|

Our Civil War series with our friends at James A. Garfield National Historic Site is back!

This month, we revisited the life of Jefferson Davis. Most know Davis as the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, but he also served in the U.S. military and legislature. Also, discover his role in the infamous Eggnog Riot!

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

02 22, 2020

The Life of Abraham Lincoln

By |2020-02-22T06:00:15-05:00February 22, 2020|

He’s on the short list of most important Americans ever. So what can you say about Abraham Lincoln in one short hour? A lot, actually.

Todd Arrington (site manager for James A. Garfield National Historic Site) guides you through the tragedies and triumphs of Lincoln’s life.

You can join our Civil War series  each month. It continues at noon on Wednesday, March 11 at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the famed Irish Brigade.  They fought in most of the major battles of the war’s eastern theater and had the third-highest number of brigade members killed in action of all Union brigades during the war. As always, the talk is free and open to all.

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

01 19, 2020

Major Battles of the Civil War: The Battle of Middle Creek

By |2020-01-19T06:00:33-05:00January 19, 2020|

Our Civil War series continues with a spotlight on The Battle of Middle Creek, a lesser-known conflict with local importance because Mentor’s own James A. Garfield led the Union into the fray. Discover how what happened in Kentucky set Garfield on the path to the presidency.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the life of Abraham Lincoln. As always, the talk is free and open to all.

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

12 28, 2019

Christmas in a Civil War Camp

By |2019-12-28T06:00:26-05:00December 28, 2019|

Our friends from James A. Garfield National Historic Site have taken us to Gettysburg, Antietam, Atlanta, and beyond during their Civil War lecture series.

But now Allison Powell of JAGNHS leads us somewhere new: Christmas during the Civil War. She depicts for us Christmas scenes from Union camps, Confederate camps, even prison camps, and both home fronts.

She also explains how the war changed Christmas traditions for our nation.

By the way, our Civil War series will continue in 2020. We’ll discuss The Battle Of Middle Creek at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at our Main Branch. As always, the talk is free and open to all. Don’t miss learning about Colonel James A. Garfield’s finest hour.

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

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