Civil War Events @ the Library

Past Civil War Events

Robert W. Frizzell discusses the German community of Concordia, targeted during the Civil War by “Bloody Bill” Anderson and his guerrilla fighters
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Recommended reading:
The Civil War in Missouri

Comprised largely of free-state sympathizers, the German community of Concordia was located in Lafayette County, which contained more slaves than any other Missouri county. During the Civil War, the settlement became a target of a guerilla band led by "Bloody Bill" Anderson. Despite wartime travails, Concordia prospered amidst the agricultural and transportation changes of the post-war decades.

On the 146th anniversary of the battle that would become the namesake for Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a panel of military  historians discusses The Battle of Gettysburg: Why it Mattered
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Recommended reading:
Battle of Gettysburg

A panel of military historians will discuss the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg on Wednesday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Local author Andrea Warren presents her book that follows the 1863 siege of Vicksburg through the eyes of three children
Friday, May 1, 2009

On Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., local author Andrea Warren presents her recently released nonfiction book for young adults Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg.

Jennifer Weber: Copperheads
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Jennifer Weber, an assistant professor of history at the University of Kansas, discusses her new book Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Lincoln and Leadership
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Recommended reading:
Abraham Lincoln: Life & Legacy

A panel of military historians from the United States Army’s Command and General Staff College discusses Lincoln’s leadership traits as commander in chief on Thursday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

General Chaos: Missouri Families and  General Order No. 11
Sunday, September 21, 2008

In the aftermath of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas, Union General Thomas Ewing, Jr., became suspicious of local support for Confederate sympathizers and issued the infamous General Order No. 11 “ the enforced evacuation of rural communities in four Missouri counties surrounding Kansas City.

Tom Rafiner examines the economic and social repercussions of the abandoned homesteads and farmsteads amid this Civil War turbulence on Sunday, September 21, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.