Soon, a Civil War series sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Library District (Springfield, Missouri) and focusing on the year 1863 will begin. Comprising a dozen talks altogether, the series starts on July 10th and runs through July 22nd. Additionally, special guided tours of the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield as well as a tour of sites associated with the Battle of Springfield will be conducted.
In conjunction with a Civil War Round Table meeting, I will start the series on July 10th at 7:00 pm with a presentation about Albert C. Ellithorpe and the 1st Indian Home Guards. The talk will focus on the nature of warfare in the trans-Mississippi and the role of Indian troops. Other paper topics and their presenters include the battle of Honey Springs (Ralph Jones), Ulysses S. Grant (Pam Sanfilippo), the massacre at Baxter Springs (Matt Matthews), the Vicksburg campaign (Terry Winschel), Guerrillas, Civilians, and the Nature of Warfare in the Trans-Mississippi (Matt Stith), the raid on Lawrence (Jeremy Neely), the campaign to take Little Rock (Mark Christ), Longstreet and the Gettysburg Controversy (William Piston), George Meade: the Victor of Gettysburg (Michael Price), the hospital diary of Corporal William Miller, 75th Indiana Infantry (Jeffrey Patrick), and From Virginia to Missouri: The Civil War in 1863 (William Piston). The series closes with a book discussion group led by Steven E. Woodworth. For complete information on topics, dates, times, etc. see the Springfield-Greene County Library District website.