Sept 12, 2018 (Wednesday) — Civil War battles far from the battlefield.
We know Confederates and Unionists fought on seemingly countless battlefronts and mobilized on homefronts. The two governments also opened up a crucial front of the war in Europe, according to Professor Brian Schoen, who will make this presentation. On this foreign front they vied for guns, supplies, funds, and for the kind of publicity that might aid their respective side in the battle for Confederate recognition. The Civil War in Europe took place not only publicly in the press but also in secret where a number of men and women, including an interesting Confederate spy named Rebel Rose Greenlow, plotted with world leaders including Napoleon III. This talk will look at how that battle was fought and ultimately what proved key for the Union’s success.