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Civil War Museum Second Friday Lecture Series

April 12, 2019, May 10, 2019, and June 14, 2019

12 - 1 p.m.
exterior of Civil War Museum with reenactors

This lecture series at the Civil War Museum is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Milwaukee Civil War Round Table and Iron Brigade Association.

April 12, 2019: The History of Firearms, 1300-1870. Presented by Steve Krolick. Dive into a timeline of the history and evolution of firearms. Specifically, the talk covers the development of powder, ammunition, lock development and different types of weapons. Mr. Krolick will also provide examples of these firearms to see first hand by the attendees.

May 10, 2019: I Have Not Wavered At All: Robert Gould Shaw’s Journey to the 54th Massachusetts. Presented by Claire Herhold. Robert Gould Shaw is remembered today as the colonel of the first all-African American volunteer regiment in the Civil War – the regiment that opened the door for 180,000 African American men to serve by war’s end. Despite growing up as the son of prominent abolitionists, Shaw struggled with the decision to accept the position. This talk will examine Shaw’s relationship with the regiment in the context of his family’s activism and nineteenth century conceptions of masculinity.

June 14, 2019: Alabama’s Cahaba Prison. Presented by Gene Salecker. This presentation centers on the history of Alabama’s Cahaba Prison, an institution that housed Union prisoners inside an old cotton warehouse built beside the Alabama River. Mr. Salecker will show that Cahaba was one of the better run Confederate prisons with the lowest death rate among southern prisons. That is not to say it was not without its problems. In early 1865, the river rose and flooded the entire compound, forcing the prisoners to either stand waist-deep in the water for a few days or scramble onto the few logs and such that the Confederates floated into the prison. He will also tell of an unsuccessful attempt of a full-scale breakout that was foiled at the last minute.