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Second Friday Lecture Series

This free series is sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Roundtable and Iron Brigade Association.

Friday, August 11, 2017; Noon

Presented by Frank Crawford. Andersonville Prison, Camp Sumter as it was officially known, became one of the most infamous places in US history. Today, over 150 years later, it remains such. Much is known about Andersonville as a prison and now the site of the National Prisoner of War Museum, but there is still new research and new information which is being carried on by both professional historians, assigned specific tasks to study and answer the many questions asked of guides. Mr. Frank Crawford will talk about his own 40 years of research on Andersonville and the conclusions he has come to regarding the site.


sparkFridays, August 18, 2017; 2pm-3pm

Spark! is a monthly program for individuals in early to mid-stages of memory loss and their caregivers that engages participants in lively conversations, storytelling, interactive exhibit experiences, object handling, and other multi-sensory activities.



Peacemaking 1919

Sunday, August 20, 2017; 1pm

Presented by Dr. Laura Gellott, Professor of History, Emeritus, UW-Parkside. This presentation will examine the peace treaties that marked the end of the First World War. Along with the Treaty of Versailles, four other treaties, collectively known as the Paris Peace Treaties, fundamentally redrew the map of Central and Eastern Europe and also created the territorial arrangements of the modern Middle East. Thus these treaties contained the seeds of future conflicts.

The Great Lakes Civil War Forum
Tullahoma, Chickamauga, and Beyond

ChickamaugaSaturday, September 16, 2017 | Check-In 8:30am; Program begins at 9:30 am | $60 ($50 FOM) includes lunch | Register Here




Here is detailed information about speakers and programs

Turning the Tide: The Union Cavalry in the Tullahoma Campaign Presented by Mr. Greg Biggs. Prior to the cavalry engagement fought literally within the town of Shelbyville, Tennessee, on June 27th, 1863, as part of Union Gen. William S. Rosecrans brilliant Tullahoma Campaign, Confederate cavalry in the West had been dominating their Union counterparts at most every turn.  Dynamic and bold leaders like Nathan Bedford Forrest, Joe Wheeler and the “Kentucky Thunderbolt”, John Hunt Morgan, coupled with officers like Thomas Woodward and Adam Rankin Johnson, led raids throughout the Tennessee and Kentucky theaters of war, beating Union cavalry at almost every turn.  But all of that started to change just before and at Shelbyville, when Wheeler’s vaunted troopers were routed out of town by an aggressive Union cavalry brigade under Col. Robert Minty.  Indeed, the performance of the Union cavalry in the entire campaign outshone their Rebel counterparts and served as a wake-up call that the days of being dominated were over.  From Shelbyville forward, Union cavalry in the West would start to dominate the Confederates for the rest of the war.

Longstreet in the West Presented by Mr. David Powell. In September 1863, the Confederacy took the unprecedented step of sending an infantry corps from Virginia to reinforce Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee, hoping to stave off disaster in north Georgia. That corps was led by James Longstreet. Only five of Longstreet’s brigades arrived in time to take part in the battle, and Longstreet himself did not reach the field until halfway through the contest. In later years, Longstreet’s impact – both at Chickamauga and subsequently – became hotly debated topics, especially since Longstreet became deeply embroiled in the Confederate Army’s demoralizing internal politics. This program explores the pros and cons of Longstreet’s tenure in the Western Theater.

General William Passmore Carlin and the Chickamauga Campaign Presented by Mr. Robert Girardi. Born in Carrollton, Illinois, in 1829, William Passmore Carlin graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1850. He began a long military career on the frontier before returning to Illinois to take command of the 38th Illinois at the start of the Civil War. He rose to Brigadier General by November of 1862, and commanded the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division of the XIV Corps in the engagements at Tullahoma, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga and the summer 1864 Atlanta Campaign. Mr. Girardi’s program will study the Chickamauga Campaign through the eyes of one of the hardest fighting generals in the Army of the Cumberland, William Passmore Carlin.

Wounded Warriors Come Home: The Union Soldier In Peace Presented by Dr. Stephen Goldman, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Fellow, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (FAPM), Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (DFAPA). Homecoming Northern veterans confronted issues as overwhelming as those entailed by military service. They were now battle-hardened, proud professionals who had slain their fellow countrymen in unprecedented numbers, witnessed sights and performed deeds they never could have imagined. While American veterans had returned from war before, their sheer numbers and high proportion with debilitating, permanent injuries were unprecedented, and there was widespread trepidation. As the soldiers and sailors of the Union rejoined a society undergoing revolutionary changes involving race, equality, and sectionalism, neither their families nor fellow citizens knew what to expect. Would these men show violent proclivities? Would they accept civilian authority? Would they have stable relationships? Would they be able to find work? What would the future hold for disabled Union veterans with no G.I. Bill of Rights or Department of Veterans Affairs, and only an embryonic pension system? Dr. Goldman will examine these critical (and timeless) questions surrounding returning veterans, and demonstrate the tremendous therapeutic impact of the warrior identity, then and now.

Civil War Museum Campaign Tour 2017 – Fredericksburg, Virginia

October 22-25, 2017

Here are the details.