Martin County Library System Press Releases

October 2, 2012

Cummings Library history lecture series continues Oct. 12, Jan. 11 and Feb. 15

For immediate release:  October 2, 2012
Contact:  Susan Opasik,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations,

The next illustrated lectures in the history series presented by Josh Liller at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Road, Palm City, will be held 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2012 and January 11 and February 15, 2013. No talks are scheduled in November or December of 2012. Funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, the events are free and open to the public.

Josh Liller is a former reference library assistant and lifelong history aficionado. He currently is working toward an undergraduate degree in history.

Friday, October 12, 2012, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Civil War 150th Anniversary: Weapons and Tactics of the Civil War
Did soldiers in the Civil War really stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the open in neat lines, blasting away at each other at near point blank range? If so, why? In what ways was the Civil War similar to and different from other major wars? From Companies to Corps, Springfields to Spencers, and howitzers to horse artillery, you will learn how Union and Confederate armies were organized, equipped, and operated.

Friday, January 11, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Civil War 150th Anniversary: Stones River 
While Grant planned operations against Vicksburg and Lee invaded Maryland, Confederate armies under Braxton Bragg and  Edmund Kirby Smith (a native of Saint Augustine) invaded
Kentucky. The invasion caused panic in the North, but was mostly failure for the South. This campaign led to a new Union commander, William Rosecrans, and major battle on New Year’s Eve 1862 at Stones River—a bloodier battle than Shiloh.

Friday, February 15, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – 500th Anniversary of Florida’s European Discovery: Colonial Spanish Florida 
Details TBA.

For information about other Martin County Library System events, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, call 772-221-1403, or visit the library website at




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