a bloody clash of military giants
Historian recounts brutal battles
between Grant and Lee in May 8 appearance at presidential library
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[May 03, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD – The spring of 1864 opened
with a series of brutal battles as the Union’s new commanding
general, Ulysses S. Grant, attempted to pound Confederate troops
into submission. It was the beginning of the end of the Civil War,
but it cost thousands of Americans their lives.
Historian Mark DePue, director of the presidential library’s Oral
History Program, will explain this turning point on May 8 during a
free presentation at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Part of Illinois’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil
War, the event takes place in the museum’s Union Theater at 7 p.m.
Reservations can be made by visiting
www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and clicking on “Special event
tickets and reservations” or by calling 217-558-8934.
Using photos, maps and soldiers’ quotes, Dr. DePue will take his
audience from a bloody standoff in the Wilderness to brutal combat
at Spotsylvania to the meat grinder at Cold Harbor.
By the end of the campaign, some 11,800 soldiers were dead. Tens of
thousands more were wounded, captured or missing, and Grant had
earned a new nickname: The Butcher.
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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is
offering a series of free presentations on major Civil War
battles. Upcoming events will examine Sherman’s Atlanta
Campaign, the siege of Petersburg and Lee’s surrender at
[Text received from CHRIS WILLS,
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum]