Civil War lunchbox lecture

General Rosecrans (left) rallies his troops at Stones River.  Illustration by Kurz and Allison (1891).

General Rosecrans (left) rallies his troops at Stones River. Illustration by Kurz and Allison (1891).

A Civil War Museum program will take place tomorrow, Friday, January 11th, at 12:00 noon.  It is part of the Second Friday Lunchbox Lecture series, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  It is a free program sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Roundtable and the Iron Brigade Association.  It takes place in Freedom Hall at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Avenue, in Kenosha.

Friday’s lecture is entitled, “The 36th Illinois at Stones River.”  Tom DeFranco presents an account of the January 1, 1863, Battle of Stones River.  At the Battle of Stones River, the 36th Illinois engaged in a desperate fight.  A veteran regiment from Northeast Illinois, they had already seen action at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and Perryville, Kentucky.

While other regiments retreated from the field, the 36th Illinois held their ground in a desperate fight until their ammunition was gone.  This is the story of men from Aurora, Montgomery, Elgin, and other towns situated along Illinois’ Fox River, and their day of fighting at Stones River.

This lecture is free and open to the public.  Bring your own lunch.  Snacks and beverages are available in the museum vending machines.

While at the museum, don’t forget to go through the John M. Antaramian Gallery and see the civil war art of Keith Rocco.  This exhibit presents images of the Civil War interpreted in original paintings and glicee prints by an accomplished narrative painter.  Also, on display, are images and artifacts from many of the 200+ films and television productions that have depicted the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

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