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Turning Points -- The American Civil War in 1863 Series July 10-21 at Library Center

A series of 12 scholarly presentations by Civil War historians, a live concert by Granville Automatic and six tours of battle sites are planned as part of a series, “Turning Points – The American Civil War in 1863,” July 10-21 at the Library Center.

The series focuses on the people and events behind the turning points of the American Civil War 150 years ago. All programs are free and open to the public. Reservations are required for the limited seating on the bus tours.

The presentations are sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Library District and its partners, the National Park Service, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation, Civil War Round Table of the Ozarks, Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association, the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

A full program with event descriptions and speakers is at http://thelibrary.org/programs/documents/turning_points_web.pdf

To set the stage: Union and Confederate forces longed for a decisive victory as the Civil War entered 1863. The South won two celebrated battles, but the Union returned with crippling blows that divided the Confederacy. By 1864, the stage was set for a series of Union offensives that would seal the fate of the Confederacy, making 1863 a turning point in the American Civil War.

Here is the schedule of programs:

Driving Tours

 

Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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