The twin battles of The Wilderness and Spotsylvania (May 5-19, 1864). Learn how these fights arguably constitute the true turning point of the Civil War, extinguishing the possibility that the Confederacy could ever win. Union General Grant promised Lincoln there would be no retreat and meant it: “I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer,” he wired General-in-Chief Henry Halleck in Washington, DC. And he did.
Please note that this special meeting with the Friends of the Athens Public Library is not on our usual first Monday meeting time, but is instead on a Thursday.
Guest speaker John Fazio is a popular historian and the acclaimed author of Decapitating the Union: Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin and the Plot to Assassinate Lincoln.
Co-sponsored by the Civil War Round Table and the Friends of the Athens Public Library.