10 23, 2019

Civil War Archaeology

By |2019-10-23T06:00:51-04:00October 23, 2019|

Discover what archaeology can teach us about the US Civil War, and learn what techniques archaeologists use to study battlefields and other conflict zones.

Rebekah Knaggs, an archaeologist by degree and park ranger at James A. Garfield National Historic Siteexplains how Civil War archaeology differs from other better known archaeological studies. She also explains when you can and cannot keep a Civil War artifact that you find.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the Battle of Franklin. 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:

09 23, 2019

Antietam: The Bloodiest Day in US History

By |2019-09-23T06:00:43-04:00September 23, 2019|

In fewer than 12 hours, 23,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died, wounded, or were missing during the Battle of Antietam.

It still stands as the single most fatal day in US history.

Todd Arrington, site manager of James A. Garfield National Historic Site, explains why the armies met at Sharpsburg, why there were so many casualties, and what Antietam had to do with the Emancipation Proclamation.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the Siege of Atlanta. 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:

08 25, 2019

Major Battles of the Civil War: The Atlanta Campaign

By |2019-08-25T06:00:05-04:00August 25, 2019|

The Battle of Atlanta didn’t just give the Union a major military victory, it saved Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.

You can learn all about the difficult, dangerous, and decisive Atlanta campaign from our friends at James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the Battle of Antietam. 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:

07 18, 2019

The Battle of Gettysburg

By |2019-07-18T06:00:12-04:00July 18, 2019|

About a third of the soldiers who fought in Gettysburg became casualties during three pivotal days of the US Civil War.

Todd Arrington, site manager of James A. Garfield National Historic Site and a Gettysburg native, talks about the history, strategies, and people involved in the battle.

He also explains why Gettysburg became the scene of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. (It has nothing to do with shoes.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the Siege of Atlanta. 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:

06 19, 2019

Juneteenth: The Historical Significance of June 19

By |2019-06-19T06:00:23-04:00June 19, 2019|

Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. But it’s come to have a broader meaning, celebrating the freedom of all black slaves.

The date became even more important when the Civil Rights Act was passed on June 19, 1964.

But that’s just the iceberg’s tip. By coincidence, several momentous events in American Civil Rights history have occurred on or near June 19. As part of James A. Garfield National Historic Site‘s Civil War series, Site Manager Todd Arrington leads us on a time-traipsing tour of these memorable Juneteenths.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, July 10, at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the Battle of Gettysburg. 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:

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