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Friday October, 26th, 2018 at graceland mansion
located at 501 s. Muldrow street in Historic Mexico, Missouri

9:45 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks by Gregory Wolk, Heritage Resources Coordinator, Missouri Humanities Council

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Marvin-Alonzo Greer, Education and Visit Experience Lead, Missouri Historical Society / For the Cause of Freedom: Understanding the United States Colored Troops in the 21st Century

Synopsis: An accomplished historian and performance artist, Marvin recently joined the team that is engaged in the much anticipated reopening of the Missouri Historical Society’s Soldiers Memorial Military Museum. Marvin discusses the role of Missouri in the organization of United States Colored Troops during the Civil War

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Michael Banasik. Maj. U.S. Army (ret), Author and Editor, Unwritten Chapters of the Civil War West of the River / Grant’s Battle of Belmont

Synopsis: Michael explores the first battle of the Civil War fought by Ulysses Grant in the field, November 7, 1861, the campaign that produced the battle and its consequences

Lunch Break
~The Keynote Address~
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Joseph “Whit” McCoskrie, Lt. Col, U.S. Army (ret), Author and retired Mizzou Assistant Professor of Military Science (Army ROTC) / Grant, Missouri and the Making of a General for Modern War

Synopsis: Whit’s address focuses on the early days of the Civil War in Mexico and Northeast Missouri, particularly as respects the enrollment and disposition of Union troops to protect Missouri’s railroads. Why Ulysses Grant took command in Mexico.

2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Scott E Sallee, Historian and Author of Joe Porter’s War / Northern Attitudes Towards Slavery and Economic Causes for the Civil War

Synopsis: Scott examines the twists and turns of Union proponents’ views on the slavery issue, from Abraham Lincoln’s views at the beginning of the war, through the early days of Ulysses Grant’s administration and Reconstruction

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