This new ELM class will look at a variety of issues from a civilian perspective that arose in the Civil War era.
Some of the topics will include:
19th Century Money and Banking, Part 1: Banking and State Bank Currency
The beginning of the 19th Century saw the establishment and destruction of a National central bank, twice! By the mid-19th century the increasing power of the states’ banks controlling the money supply showed a better solution was needed. The badly-needed banking laws and regulations would not come about until the Civil War.
19th Century Money and Banking, Part 2: Civil War Money-Northern and Southern
In part one of this series we examined the state of financial institutions leading up to the Civil War.
In part two we will focus on the forms of money used by the Union and the Confederacy. We will take a look at how for the first time since the American Revolution the Federal Government issued paper money. The Confederate government issued money seven different times in its short life.
There's More to the Story Than Who Won the Election: The Presidential Campaigns of 1860 and 1864
We all know that Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860 and reelected in 1864. There is more to the story than the fact Mr. Lincoln won both elections!
40 years of 19th Century Fashion 1825-1865
Ever thought of how the folks of America looked in the early and mid 19th century. It’s not always the way Hollywood portrays it! This presentation with the aid of fashion plates, paintings and photos tell the story of how women’s and men’s clothing changed in the 19th century.
Nightmare of the Roswell Mill Workers: Arrested for Treason
The small town of Roswell, Georgia operated three textile mills during the Civil War. As the Union army arrived in July 1864, an effort was made to protect the mills from capture but it failed. General Sherman wrote to the Union officer capturing the town: "I repeat my orders that you arrest all people, male and female, connected with those factories, no matter what the clamor, and let them foot it, under guard, to Marietta, whence I will send them by cars to the North." The 400 Roswell mill operatives were joined by another Georgia town's mill employees, who were also arrested. All the mill workers were sent to the North and arrived in Louisville, Kentucky, where later they were released across the Ohio River to search for employment.
Why were the mill workers arrested and charged with treason? What happened to them after they were deported from the South? Let us look at the plight of the women, children, and a few men who, as civilians, became the target of a policy called 'total war' during the summer of 1864 in Georgia.
The Army Sutler─ Shyster or Shrewd Businessman?
Civil War era sutlers were civilian contractors who sold provisions to the soldiers they couldn’t get elsewhere. In this presentation we will look at the history of the sutler, what products he sold, how he conducted business, where he conducted business and whether the bad reputation most historians have placed on the sutler is warranted. We will look at soldier’s writings and period newspapers to see what they had to say at the time about sutlers. When the presentation is over you can decide if sutlers were really shysters or just good businessmen protecting their interests while providing a needed service and making a profit.
Mail Call: A look at letters from Sherman’s Soldiers
This presentation will look into Union soldiers in the Western theater sending and receiving letters before, and during the Atlanta Campaign. We will look at the writing and postal materials used to send thoughts, hopes, conditions and all too often, condolences to the home front. Examples of original letters written during the summer of 1864 here in Georgia will be shown and read.