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October 19, 2016

Rick Rolf

St. Albans Raid
The Civil War's Northern-most Engagement

Dewitt Student Center
Kuyper College
3333 E. Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

 Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
!!!  Special Start Time  !!!
Announcements begin at 7:15 p.m.

Bring some friends!
The Grand Rapids Civil War Round Table welcomes Rick Rolf and his presentation on ‘St. Albans Raid.’  The St. Albans Raid took place on October 19, 1864. With the Confederacy losing the war, a bold plan was conceived in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Twenty-two Confederate cavalrymen (mostly from Kentucky), took the train down to St. Albans, Vermont to wreak havoc on this northern border town. The hope was to draw northern soldiers, fighting in the south, to come back to defend their homesteads. Part of the plan involved the robbing of three banks of $208,000.00 (over three million dollars today). This was the northern-most land action in the Civil War.
"The collapse of the interior of the Confederate States of America" was initiated by the fall o Selma, Alabama on April 2, 1865.

General William Tecumseh Sherman, while still a civilian, was given advice that he should 'become a colonel because the war might last three years.'  His response:  'Three years?  It will take a hundred."

The first Civil War monument was erected on the Shiloh battleground late in 1863.

President Lincoln's blockade of southern ports early in the war was considered by many to be illegal under international laws.
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Refreshments for our October meeting will be provided by:
Jan and Dian

Civil War Notes
A Section of
"Raiders Escape"
Rick Eldridge