Join us on September 8 when speaker Daniel Vermilya discusses the role that James Garfield played in the Civil War before becoming 20th President of the United States.
Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., September 8, 2015
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: James Garfield and the Civil War: For Ohio and the Union!
Just as the war transformed the United States, it also transformed the men who would go on to lead the nation afterward as president. James Garfield saw service in many different capacities during the war, and it was his wartime experience that catapulted him into national politics and helped to pave the way for his election to the presidency twenty years later. Although most know the tragic manner in which James Garfield died by the hands of an assassin, the heroic and little-told story of his Civil War service is a remarkable example of a man serving his country in its hour of need and in the process emerging as a leader.
Daniel Vermilya is a Civil War historian who currently works as a park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. He has previously worked at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. In 2012, he was awarded the first Joseph L. Harsh Memorial Scholar Award by the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. A native of Kirtland, Ohio, Vermilya has previously done volunteer work for the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. He is also the author of The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, published in 2014 by The History Press.