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July 2021

Book Talk with Sean Michael Chick–Grant’s Left Hook: The Bermuda Hundred Campaign, May 5 – June 7, 1864 May

July 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In the spring of 1864, Ulysses Grant sent the 38,000-man Army of The James under Benjamin Butler to Bermuda Hundred to threaten and possibly take Richmond. As Butler clashed with General P. G. T. Beauregard, learn how the series of skirmishes and battles helped decide the fate of the city and Lee’s army. Sean Michael Chick is a New Orleans native and tour guide who gives one of the only guided tours of the French Quarter concentrating on the American…

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Book Talk with Charles Knight— From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War, Day by Day, 1861-1865

July 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lost in all of the military histories of the war, and even in most of the Lee biographies, is what the general was doing when he was out of history’s “public” eye.  Where was Lee and what was he doing when the spotlight of history failed to illuminate him? Correspondence and papers from Lee’s family, his staff, his lieutenants, and the men of his army revel new things about Lee for the first time. Charles Knight is native of Richmond,…

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Family Day

July 31 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

This Saturday, July 31st, the American Civil War Museum is inviting you and your family to join us for our annual Family Day! Dive into the Civil War with your family with crafts, family-friendly tours, and youth programs at all three ACWM locations. Check out the times and locations below. ACWM Appomattox 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Our Appomattox site is strategically located near the site of the surrender that marked the end of the Civil War and the beginning of…

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August 2021

Book Talk with Brian F. Swartz–Passing Through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War

August 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Follow Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s swift transition from college professor and family man to regimental and brigade commander as he honed his fighting skills at Shepherdstown and Fredericksburg. Praised by his Gettysburg peers for leading the 20th Maine Infantry’s successful defense of Little Round Top—an action that would eventually earn him Civil War immortality—Chamberlain experienced his most intense combat after arriving at Petersburg. Raised on Chamberlain Street in Brewer, Maine, Brian F. Swartz has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and…

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Book Talk with Harold Knudsen–The Confederacy’s Most Modern General

August 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sandwiched between the Napoleonic Wars and World War I, the Civil War is often called the first “modern war." Some of the most profound modern contributions to the art of war were made by Confederate General James Longstreet. Discover howLongstreet’s thinking evolved over a series of battles and how his innovations appeared in future wars.  LTC Knudsen is an Illinois native. His career spans twenty five years of active duty Army service, and includes seven resident career artillery, command and…

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Book Talk with Adolfo Ovies–The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac

August 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Custer was a hussar—a firm believer in the shock power of the mounted saber charge—while Wesley Merritt his immediate superior was a dragoon, with a belief that troopers should fight dismounted with their carbines. Discover how the diametrically opposed styles of these two men led to a steadily deteriorating relationship that affected events in the field. Adolfo Ovies migrated to the United States from Cuba in June of 1960, making his new home with his grandmother in Connecticut. He was immersed…

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September 2021

History Happy Hour: Emancipation Towns

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In the aftermath of the Civil War and Emancipation, newly freed men and women established homes and communities of their own. Some migrated west, but most stayed closer to lands and people they knew. Names like Westwood, Zion Town, Washington Park and Jackson Ward will ring familiar as Richmond neighborhoods begun by people starting with nothing but the determination to begin autonomous lives in a new, uncertain America.  With Ana Edwards, ACWM

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Book Talk with Caroline E. Janney–Ends of War

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Free Web Program Lee’s surrender was less of an ending than the start of an interregnum marked by military and political uncertainty, legal and logistical confusion, and continued outbursts of violence. Through the deliberations of government and military authorities to the ground-level experiences of common soldiers, discover the uncertain days after Appomattox. Caroline E. Janney is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War and Director of the John L. Nau III Center for…

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October 2021

History Happy Hour: Ulysses S. Grant and Slavery

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

During the time that lived at White Haven, his father-in-law's St. Louis plantation, the Dent family owned upwards of thirty enslaved African Americans, and Grant, himself, owned one man. Grant’s later outspoken criticism of slavery has prompted debates among historians about his actual views. How did Grant's life in St. Louis impact his relationship with slavery? With Nick Sacco, Park Ranger at Ulysses S.Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Voices of Abolition

October 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

3:00 PM (Central) | 4:00 PM (Eastern) Explore the contributions of African Americans to the abolition movement, including individuals such as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman. Adults. Registration required. Participants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering. A recording of this virtual program will be available on SLCL’s Youtube page within three business days.Presented by the American Civil War MuseumHosted by the St. Louis County Library

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