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    James A Garfield

    National Historic Site Ohio

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Major Battles of the Civil War Series at Mentor Public Library

Please call 440-255-8811 for reservations. Mentor Public Library is located at 8215 Mentor Avenue. Each program is free; attendees are welcome to bring lunch and eat during the talk. Located in the James R. Garfield room, lower level.

Wednesday, January 9-12 p.m.: The Emancipation Proclamation

Learn more about the document that transformed the Civil War from a conflict to preserve the Union to one seeking to abolish slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation became effective January 1, 1863.

Wednesday, February 13-12 p.m.: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809, rose from poverty and a lack of formal education to guide the Union war effort as the nation's 16th president. This presentation will examine his life from birth to death and seek to explain the development of his political thought and career.

Wednesday, March 13-12 p.m.: The Life of Jefferson Davis

Following last month's talk on Lincoln, come to learn more about the life and career of the first and only president of the Confederacy: Jefferson Davis of Mississippi. Davis's military and political careers will be examined.

Wednesday, April 10-12 p.m.: The Military Draft in the Civil War

The Union and Confederacy both instituted drafts during the Civil War in order to fill the ranks of their armies. These drafts were necessary but still hated by many in the North and South. Learn more about the drafts, how they worked, and what happened when the public opposed them.

Wednesday, May 8-12 p.m.: The Battle of Chancellorsville

Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia won a major victory at Chancellorsville in May 1863, setting the stage for the South's second invasion of the North and the battle of Gettysburg.

Wednesday, June 12-12 p.m.: The Siege of Vicksburg

Orchestrated by Ulysses S. Grant to cut off the Confederacy's last bastion on the Mississippi River, the siege and eventual surrender of Vicksburg, Miss. was a critical Union victory during the summer of 1863.

Wednesday, July 10-12 p.m.: The Battle of Gettysburg

The July 1-3, 1863 battle of Gettysburg is among the Civil War's most famous battles and is one of the most studied military engagements in the history of the world. Come learn more about the Union victory sometimes called the "high tide of the Confederacy."

Wednesday, August 14-12 p.m.: The Battle of Chattanooga

The August 1863 second battle of Chattanooga will be discussed this month. Learn more about the opening battle of the campaign that eventually led to the famous battle of Chickamauga.

Wednesday, September 11-12 p.m.: The Battle of Chickamauga

The battle of Chickamauga was a major western victory for the Confederacy. Fought in Georgia September 19-20, 1863, it is also the most famous battle at which Gen. James A. Garfield fought while serving in the Union army.

Wednesday, October 9-12 p.m.: Cavalry in the Civil War

Learn more about the uses, tactics, and weapons of Union and Confederate cavalry during the Civil War. Exploits of such famed cavalrymen as Jeb Stuart, John Buford, and others will also be discussed.

Wednesday, November 13-12 p.m.: The Battle of Lookout Mountain

This month, explore the November 1863 battle of Lookout Mountain, a famous engagement during Ulysses S. Grant's Chattanooga campaign against Confederate forces.

Wednesday, December 11-12 p.m.: Artillery in the Civil War

Artillery is known as "the king of battle." How did Civil War armies deploy and use artillery against one another? Learn more about artillery uses, tactics, and weapons during the Civil War.

Did You Know?

Spider wallpaper in the Garfield Home

The wallpaper in James A. Garfield's home and a side table in the Memorial Library have a spider web motif. Victorians believed that house spiders brought good luck and good fortune to the inhabitants.